My Boyfriend Is a Bear

My Boyfriend Is a Bear

A story of girl meets bear. Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she’s ever had! He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conque...

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Title:My Boyfriend Is a Bear
Author:Pamela Ribon
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Edition Language:English

My Boyfriend Is a Bear Reviews

  • ♛ Garima ♛

    It's Feb month ❤

    Actually, it is not taken from the book...I made it myself...

    This is the most heart-touching, heart warming, the cutest romance I read ever!

    The art if amazing - 5 wonderful stars...

    If you haven't already, request on netgalley and read - it is sweetest little read, appropriate for this month..

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    It's Feb month ❤️

    Actually, it is not taken from the book...I made it myself...

    This is the most heart-touching, heart warming, the cutest romance I read ever!

    The art if amazing - 5 wonderful stars...

    If you haven't already, request on netgalley and read - it is sweetest little read, appropriate for this month..

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  • Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

    OMG, I just HAD to have this one when I spotted it during my vacation (yes, even during my vacation I had to check NG to see if there were any new fun books). A girl who, after countless of bad romances, falls in love with a bear. Yes, a bear!

    Now, I have to say I wasn't as weirded out as many probably will be. I thank manga for that. :P I have seen people date aliens, cats/dogs/cat people, so a bear? Nothing special. Though I h

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

    OMG, I just HAD to have this one when I spotted it during my vacation (yes, even during my vacation I had to check NG to see if there were any new fun books). A girl who, after countless of bad romances, falls in love with a bear. Yes, a bear!

    Now, I have to say I wasn't as weirded out as many probably will be. I thank manga for that. :P I have seen people date aliens, cats/dogs/cat people, so a bear? Nothing special. Though I have to say that there were parts that had me go ehhhhhhhhhh. Knowing that these two have sex. The other parts? Eh, I didn't mind those, in fact Bear and Nora are just the cutest couple!

    Plus, I can totally understand that Nora may just not go for a normal guy. She has truly terribly luck with men, and I know the feeling. I am happily in a relationship now, but before this lovely guy I also had my share of not so good relationships (either they weren't good to start with or they ended not that well), and I even had a time when I thought I wouldn't ever be happy with someone.

    And the Bear was just the best. Even though he couldn't speak, he was highly intelligent, he seemed to understand English (though couldn't speak it), he eventually even got a job (which is totally amazing if you think about it). I can totally understand that Nora fully falls for the guy. He is there when she needs it, he comforts her when she has a shitty day, he is a great cuddler. He can fix things around the house. He and the cat are compatible too and they help out each other.

    The only thing Bear can do better is not breaking everything left and right. But I am sure that he is trying his best to throw his hugeness not around like crazy.

    I loved how Nora kept protecting and trying to argue against anyone who was trying to get her and Bear to break up. And there were a lot of people who were against her dating Bear. Not only one of her friends (the other was totally OK with Bear, even to the point I was worried that she would take Bear from Nora), but also the parents (though then again I am sure they acted this way with all her boyfriends), people at work, people on the street. But Nora wasn't deterred and she kept loving Bear more and more with each day.

    The hibernation parts just broke my heart. It didn't help I had some sad Nightcore-ish music up, so I was on the border of crying. Poor Nora, but also poor Bear. He can't help his instincts, but I am sure he wishes he could just stay with Nora for all the time and not just half of the year.

    I also wanted Bear to be awake and just swing Ben around a few times. Really, dude, she broke up with you. Don't TOUCH her, don't tell her you are not giving her up, don't come uninvited to her home. Just no. Ewww.

    The ending to the hibernation, and the ending to the book, I was just crying. It was perfection. I am so happy for both Bear and Nora. I hope they will be together for a long time to come, and hopefully they can work with the hibernation.

    The art was absolutely fabulous. The style was just perfect for this story. A perfect blend of seriousness/love/comedy.

    All in all, a book I would highly recommend. It is a cute romance between a girl and her sweet Bear. You will be rooting for the two of them.

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  • Kristina Horner

    This was an adorable graphic novel! I bought it on a whim, then took it along on a road trip - it had me laughing the entire time. Who knew a relationship between a girl and an actual bear could be so sweet? Highly recommended. I hope there will be more.

  • Sara

    So when this first caught my attention I prepared myself for a deep, possibly more than a little sexually creepy, social commentary on...I don't know...something about not judging people based on appearance? The dangers of labeling and projecting our own preconceived notions of what happiness really means or what defines a successful relationship? I mean this couldn't literally be a book about a woman who meets, falls in love with and has a sweet, deeply loving relationship with a bear right?

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    So when this first caught my attention I prepared myself for a deep, possibly more than a little sexually creepy, social commentary on...I don't know...something about not judging people based on appearance? The dangers of labeling and projecting our own preconceived notions of what happiness really means or what defines a successful relationship? I mean this couldn't literally be a book about a woman who meets, falls in love with and has a sweet, deeply loving relationship with a bear right?

    Turns out it can in fact be a book about a woman who meets, falls in love with and has a sweet, deeply loving relationship with a bear.

    I readily admit that I spent a little time waiting for the other shoe to drop. Like a weird bear sex scene or something. But it never happens. Somehow Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris have produced a delightful, bittersweet romantic fable that just happens to feature a young woman named Nora falling for a bear rather than a person and it just works. There's practically no differences at all between this relationship and any other barring obvious things like the bear causing pandemonium if they try to go hiking or camping and the bear's tendency to scratch the shit out of Nora's furniture and walls.

    Nora and the bear go through all the typical ups and downs of a relationship. Meeting the parents (dad is impressed with the bear's handiness around the house mom doubts they'll make it long term), and the friends (one of Nora's besties thinks the bear is awesome while the other expresses loud and increasingly angry concerns that the bear (being a bear) will ultimately only hurt Nora, and Nora's inability to remember to fold and store the bears artisanal coffee correctly.

    But when hibernation season appears on the horizon Nora and the bear will have to decide if they can go the distance or surrender their love to the will of nature.

    Seriously I just loved this. Its adorable, witty and very funny and it has an incredible, honest heart. I didn't spend one second questioning a reality where a young woman could love a bear I just sat there rooting for them to overcome their differences and survive a winter apart. I mean the bear is the perfect goddamn boyfriend. He casts no judgments (okay he doesn't like when Nora eats potato chips), he values her thoughts, he sits through episodes of Downton Abbey, he wears the clothes she designs for him and finds a job because it makes her happy and he lets her be herself entirely, totally embracing the ugly with the beautiful. How do you NOT fall in love with that?

    The art work is fabulous. Everything is bright and cartoony and fun. There's something wonderful about the way this world is populated by a super annoying crowd of hipster guys with dumb mustaches and suspenders and then this fantastic, enormous, sort of doofy looking, giant frickin' bear just drops in and he's so honest looking and sweet and yeah kind of handsome. That's right I said it! The bear is kind of hot.

    I loved the page that breaks down the bears communication style (variations on "GRRAAHHH"). There's an especially wonderful sequence where Nora is drinking with her friends and as the evening (and the martinis) wear on everyone starts to look gradually more and more like a nightmarish Picasso painting. When the bear goes off to hibernate the action is split between the bright vibrant panels of Nora's life alone with tinier, water colored panels depicting the bear in various states of slumber.

    This was wonderful and surprisingly deep and romantic. I simply, totally loved it.

  • karen

    this is just a sweet breezy romance story of a girl who loves a bear.

    it’s not played for provocative lady/bear taboo like

    , nor is it going full bore to smuttown like

    or

    nor is it intentionally blending humor and smut like

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    . and while i'm in the midst of being shocked at the number of books i have read that involve humans and bears in intimate entanglements, it is

    this is just a sweet breezy romance story of a girl who loves a bear.

    it’s not played for provocative lady/bear taboo like

    , nor is it going full bore to smuttown like

    or

    nor is it intentionally blending humor and smut like

    /

    . and while i'm in the midst of being shocked at the number of books i have read that involve humans and bears in intimate entanglements, it is not about a

    bear like

    nor a

    bear like

    and it is indeed about a real fuzzy wuzzy bear and not a bear in its "i really shoulda known better" slang usage like

    .

    i did not realize i had such an interest.

    like

    , it has a romantic comedy vibe, but it's not relying wholly on the situational laffs of the mixed-species kissin' - you can read it, if you please, as a

    bear, filled as it is with the generalized free-floating anxieties that infect all relationships.

    but it’s equally true that there are certain conflicts that will

    arise when your lover is a bear, like “how to deal with the strain hibernation puts on a budding relationship.”and, of course, dealing with the reactions of friends, family, and ex-lovers, to the announcement that you are dating a bear.

    but, really, what good would your friends be if they didn’t instantly disapprove of anyone with whom you chose to share your heart, beast or no beast? so that one works as metaphor, too, BOOM!

    dating a bear is very much like any relationship - getting to know all about each other

    the learning curves

    the pros

    and cons

    working out how to sleep comfortably alongside a new body

    and, most importantly, making sure the cat’s on board with your new love.

    literally

    it’s a frothy little bonbon of a book, an escapist smile that is not at all pervy, even if, unlike me, this is your first human/bear romantic rodeo.

    rarrrrr

  • Christina Marie

    This was a weirdly entertaining read. The animation was great, and the story for the oddest or reasons kept me engaged. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like it, but... it was... weirdly. entertaining.

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

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    MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR is a graphic novel about a girl named Nora whose boyfriend is a literal bear. Nora has a lame job working as a call center associate for a phishing site. She has a long list of "douchey" ex-boyfriends guilty of crimes such as wearing pukka shells and suspenders (not together - each item was a crime particular to a unique individual), or wanting to issue spank in the bedroom. The fiends! With such cads on her dating history, it's only natural that she'd want to date a bear.

    Nora met Bear when she was hiking with one of her nasty ex-boyfriends (who still works with her at the call center). He berated her for reading fashion magazines instead of real literature and Bear saw her burying them in shame. Bear followed her home to return the magazines, and in the vein of human-human relationships, Nora is flattered by this stalkery (predatory?) behavior. One of Nora's friends is 100% on board with Team Bear, but her other friend is like WTF are you doing. And after some thought, I'm afraid I'm on Team WTF Are You Doing, as well.

    Bear and Nora's relationship is cute, and maybe if it kept up the whole platonic, anime vibe I could buy it. There's a pretty cute manga called

    about a boy whose spirit is reincarnated into a penguin after he is killed. But Bear is not a human cursed to live as a bear; Bear is an actual bear. This makes it especially weird when Bear does things like get a job(!), fixes things up around the house(!), or has sex with Nora(!!!!). The sex, thank God, is never on screen but it is hinted at multiple times, and I'd say that it was the elephant in the room, but that's not the case is it? (At least I hope not. What a threesome from hell that would be.)

    Fun fact: bears have something called a

    , which means that they have a literal bone in their boner. I'm not going to say anything else. You can just take a moment to think about that.

    P.S. I resent the hipsters touting Jose Saramago in here being portrayed as the bad guys. Jose Saramago is awesome.

    2.5 to 3 stars

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was... really odd lol. The art was ADORABLE but I feel like the plot of this was lacking the charm that I assumed it was going to have. Mehhhhhh.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I received an ARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I was waiting for this to be some kind of metaphor about dating, but it was literally just about a girl who dates a bear??? I hesitate calling this cute and funny because it literally references them having sex and stuff too so i'm just like uhhhhh...... ok......... I read it in one sitting and the art and dialogue was funny, but I just really don't understand. If they would have kept it platonic, it would have sat so much

    I received an ARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I was waiting for this to be some kind of metaphor about dating, but it was literally just about a girl who dates a bear??? I hesitate calling this cute and funny because it literally references them having sex and stuff too so i'm just like uhhhhh...... ok......... I read it in one sitting and the art and dialogue was funny, but I just really don't understand. If they would have kept it platonic, it would have sat so much better with me, but it's just freaky how this girl was sexually attracted to an animal. So.

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