Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn

ebook, 265 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Scribner
About the Book:
Danny’s life is falling apart. He’s become a single father to eleven-year-old Will—who hasn’t spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash a year earlier—and Danny has just been fired from his construction job. To make matters worse, he’s behind on the rent and his nasty landlord is threatening to break his legs if he doesn’t pay soon. Danny needs money, and fast. After observing local street performers in a nearby park, Danny spends his last few dollars on a tattered panda costume, impulsively deciding to become a dancing bear. While performing one day, Danny spots his son in the park, and chases off the older boys who are taunting him. Will opens up for the first time since his mother’s death, unaware that the man in the panda costume is his father. Afraid of disclosing his true identity, Danny comforts his son. But will Danny lose Will’s trust once he reveals who he is? And will he be able to dance his way out of debt, or be beaten up before he has a chance?

An extremely interesting book, not just because of the content itself, but because of the way it is told. James Gould-Bourn, in his descriptions, uses a great and unusual sense of humour, with a kind of sarcasm that makes the ordinary facts hold the reader's attention during the whole novel's development.

I will definetly be reading any future novels by this author. Why? It was hilarious, sad and real. Many of the conversations that take place between the charatcers are funny and ridiculous, but while reading them you can't help but think you yourself had these same conversation with your friends and family and they were just as quirky and odd in retrospect. That is the strength of James Gould-Bourn's book- the insight in our behaviours.

Some of the scenarios were slightly predictable, but that isn't all that bad, because you find yourself turning the pages anyway to see the spin on them. Looking forward to the next one.

Thank you NetGalley, Scribner and James Gould-Bourn for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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