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My Boyfriend is a Bear

Illustrated by Cat Farris
Published by Oni Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

The delightful story of Nora who, after a succession of terrible boyfriends, finds a much happier relationship with a 500-pound American black bear. 

"Funny and sweet. Your next book boyfriend gives great hugs." -–– Rainbow Rowell

"I never expected to write a book recommendation that said: I wish I had a boyfriend who was a bear. But now I do." –– JoJo Moyes

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?

Written by Pamela Ribon (SLAM!, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet) and illustrated by Cat Farris (Emily and the Strangers). 

About The Author

Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon co-created and currently writes the roller derby comic SLAM!, and has penned guest issues of Rick and Morty™. She is also writer of the Oni Press graphic novel My Boyfriend is a Bear. Her screenwriting work includes Moana and Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. She's a best-selling author, frequent troublemaker, and true fan of you.

About The Illustrator

Cat Farris

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oni Press (April 17, 2018)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781620104873

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Raves and Reviews

"This book made me laugh and cry. Bittersweet, unsentimental and as honest as a book about a bear boyfriend can be."

– Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of ME BEFORE YOU

"This resonant, absurdist modern fable is a joyful discovery."


"A sort of alt-Disney meets Jane Austen, this delightful confection showcases an unconventional relationship that will pull giggles and snuffles from romance lovers."


"MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR is an incredibly fun, flirtatious, and hilarious romance that I found myself uncontrollably laughing out loud "to! Farris and Ribon are amazing at comedic timing, and the art is just so delightful."

– Leila del Luca (Shutter, Afar)

"If you don't know what to expect, let me tell you: Nora's boyfriend is a literal bear and their seemingly impossible relationship will make you squee with joy. A delightfully sweet read." 

– Farah Naz Rishi, author of I Hope You Get This Message

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