My Boyfriend Is A Bear

My Boyfriend Is A Bear

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The delightful story of Nora who, after a succession of terrible boyfriends, finds a much happier relationship with a 500-pound American black bear. Bear meets girl. 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 conquer all?
Publisher: Portland, OR :, Oni Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781620104873
Branch Call Number: 741.5 Ribon
Characteristics: 167 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,23 cm


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Mar 31, 2019

This was very cute. Thank goodness it was a story because I could see someone actually doing this with a bear.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Jan 02, 2019

An unexpectedly cute love story. Nora is an average twenty-something just trying to get by, and her boyfriend, Bear is... a black bear. I know it sounds weird, but it works in the context of this slim graphic novel. Nora takes us through the ups and downs that come with dating a bear (e.g., he eats garbage when he thinks she isn't looking, but he's great at cuddling). Her best friends are torn (one thinks he's a riot while the other worries for her safety), her mom thinks it's a phase, and of course there's the issue of hibernation. How will they handle the seasonal separation? I didn't expect to find it so sweet, and I also didn't expect to find myself rooting for this couple! Cat Farris' illustrations are adorable. I would love to see more adult comics from her!

Sep 25, 2018

Nice art and a fun read. Graphic novel about the woes of dating. Super cute, but not for kids.

PimaLib_JessicaP Sep 23, 2018

This bizarre little comic has the power to make you cackle in hysterics and also get just a touch choked up with feels. I knew going in that My Boyfriend is a Bear was not allegory—but actually experiencing the story of a woman meeting and falling in love with a literal bear...who understands English and wears clothes...was something else. But it's Pamela Ribon's writing and character development that really get you; being in Nora's head and experiencing the ups and downs of her life, her relationships with her boyfriend and her family, and all the other little details. It's a quick, fun read, and I really wish there were more. Sadly, this stands alone. But anything by Pamela Ribon (including SLAM! which was the first of her comics I read) will give you the same kind of feels and fun.

JessicaGma Sep 13, 2018

It's not a metaphor or an allegory, Nora is, indeed, dating a bear. can interspecies love survive the changing of the seasons?? It's funny and strange, so if you are looking for something different, give this graphic novel a try.

Jul 25, 2018

For preteen girls, perhaps.

Jul 21, 2018

A romance that survives parental displeasure, friends who doubt, messes, weight gain, and other difficulties, this isn't a typical tale. But it is a sweet one. It's told in a straightforward way that has confidence in its premise, runs with it, and keeps it going longer than I thought the concept could be sustained. This is good storytelling for a wide audience. I hope it gets one.

LPL_MeredithW Jun 30, 2018

Weird, funny, charming, and romantic, with super-great art.

Will I read this approximately one bazillion times? Yes I will.

fineplan May 09, 2018

It's a cute, romantic comedy kind of story with fun artwork. I was expecting it would turn out to be allegorical... But it wasn't, really. It's just a girl dating a bear because he treats her better than most. There is some exploration of acceptance (or not acceptance, from some characters) but I guess it's more about understanding what you need and want out of life and being fine with that no matter what others say (whether it's dating a bear or reading popular magazines instead of deep and meaningful books that give you a headache).

Maggie00 May 08, 2018

God I love new age romance novels!!!!!

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