Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman


In a tiny town where hockey is the only thing that matters.  The junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national finals, and for the first time in years, they could actually win.   But a violent act ripples through the town making the residents decide if hockey really is the most important thing of all.

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The book was so different from A Man Called Ove, which, I loved,  but I am very glad I kept reading.


This is one of those hard to read books, that pays off in the end.  This book is translated and takes place in another country, so I was a little confused about the details, but that wasn’t really important.  This book is about friendship, duty, and love.

The characters were all wonderfully written.  If you told me this story was non-fiction, I wouldn’t be surprised, the characters seemed so real.  And I promise you don’t need to know anything about hockey to enjoy this.

My one criticism is the book starts out slow.  I understand there is a lot of setup that needs to happen, but the true conflict of the book doesn’t happen to almost halfway through.  So I spent a while trying to figure out the point of this book.  But once we got there it was truly amazing!

Bottom Line

This is a fantastic read, that is so pertinent to our society.

Overall: 4

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