Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bear Like Me

Title: Bear Like Me
Author: Jonathan Cohen
Publisher: Bear Bones Books
ISBN: 978-1-59021-196-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Peter Mallory, a journalist for Phag, a gay magazine, has to find a way to make a living after being fired. When his best friend suggests writing a book about the bear community, Peter goes undercover as a bear. 

Bear Like Me is a wonderful, as well as amusing, romantic comedy, illustrating the multiple levels of the gay community and Peter’s journey to finding a bear-style true love with Ben.   Bears are considered outcasts in the mainstream gay community because of their weight, body hair or general misfit nature.  However, in the bear community, these men would be revered for the physical attributes that most of society rejected.  The characters are believable.  Before Peter can go undercover, he must undergo a few changes in appearance, as well as an attitude adjustment.  He experiences prejudice first hand, simply by gaining a few pounds, along with changing his attire to emulate lumber jacks or construction workers.  Peter is confronted with the same discrimination exhibited by the general public towards anyone not fitting into their politically correct image.  Peter also discovered the secretive bear culture had code words to expose bear imitators.  Ben is a big gentle guy, who courts Peter with love notes and flowers.  Ben openly expresses his love for Peter, standing by Peter’s side when the bear society discards Peter for his deception.  It is Ben, along with a few friends who encourage Peter to write his book.  Jonathan Cohen has created an impressive story that I found exceptionally informative and enjoyable.

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