US AGAINST YOU–Literary Book Review, Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Hey all! Last Monday, I did a book review on Beartown, written by the Swedish author, Fredrik Backman. Us Against You is the sequel of Beartown, also written by the same author. I have just finish ed reading the book and can’t wait to share my thoughts about it!

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A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don’t expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they’ve always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it’s a cruel blow when they hear that their town’s ice hockey club might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. But the arrival of a newcomer gives Beartown hockey a chance at a comeback.

Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a huge challenge, especially as the town’s enmity with Hed grows more and more acute as the big game approaches.

By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.

Here is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that give form and color to our communities. With immense compassion and insight, Fredrik Backman reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days.

  • Series: Beartown (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • Genre – Sports Ficiton

This is the sequel to the book, Beartown, written by the same author, Fredrik Backman (so for those of you who haven’t read Beartown, read Beartown before reading Us Against You). The story follows the aftermath of Maya’s rape and Kevin Erdhal leaving the Beartown. The story follows the tension between the two rival towns, Beartown and Hed and would also involve politics, relationship struggles and…death of loved ones.

So as usual, let me start out with the ones I like about the book.

  • Each chapter of the book starts with some sort of a comment about the life in general with bits and pieces of advice about life.
  • The book explores the struggles of relationships and marriage and the author does a good job outlining those such struggles.
  • The book is realistic when it talks about how politics seem to pave its way and play a role in the sports, and in this case how politics play a role in hockey. Corruption of politicians also have been outlined.
  • the author manages to outline how the sport, in this case hockey affects the whole community in general,. whether you are form Beartown or Hed.
  • I also like the way how the whole community would get together as a team in the moment of an event, in this case, particularly when the Bearskin the pub was on fire.
  • The book was emotional and sad towards the end as author cleverly says how certain lives were destroyed and certain people’s lives will be affected just because of a hockey game.
  • the book was cleverly written and the author does a good job making the reader hooked into the story.

I am not really a fan of sports fiction but this book was actually enjoyable to read as well as emotional at certain times. Overall, I rate this book as five stars!

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Literary Fiction Review! Book Review, Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Hey all!! Mondays are for literary fiction !! Today I will be doing a book review on a book called Beartown, written by a Swedish author, Fredrik Backman!

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People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Translation edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Genre:- Sports Fiction
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Fredrik Backman, a blogger and columnist, is the New York Times bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE and MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY. Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and around the world, and are being published in more than thirty five territories. His latest novel is BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children.

First of all, I wanted to read one of his bestseller books A Man Called Ove but I found this book, written by the same author and bought the book instead. Beartown is about a story of a small town where a junior hockey team is preparing for the national hockey championship. The small town has high hopes on the team but a tragic incident changed the town forever.

Now I will outline the things that I really like about this book.

P.S. SPOILER ALERT BELOW!!! If you haven’t read the book then refrain from reading it!!!

  • The book is emotional and sad and truthfully, the author has written the book in a realistic situation. A young girl was raped by a teenage boy who was a hockey champion and the fact that the whole town taking side of the boy instead of showing support to the girl is extremely sad and emotional. Truthfully, in reality, that is what actually happens–if a woman gets raped, the fault is found on the victim and not the rapist.
  • The book is well written, making the reader feel engrossed into the novel. You will feel as if you are a part of that Beartown community.
  • I don’t know very much about hockey so this book actually helped me to know more about ice hockey. I have been a swimming champion once so I know what is it really like when you are under pressure of winning an event.
  • The book is somewhat written in a different way, compared to the novels I have read so this book is actually unique in a way. In each chapter, it begins with some sort of advice or labeling out a real situation. Towards the end of the chapter, the author briefly outlines what each of the characters will face in ten years’ time.
  • Overall, this book is an enjoyable to read, engrossing and emotional as well. I know this book is written in Swedish and is translated into English but still I really like the form of writing.

Things I don’t like…basically nothing!

Overall I rate this book as five stars!

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