Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Published April 25, 2017
Hardcover, 418 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.
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.
I’ve heard so many great things about this author, and this book specifically that I was extremely excited to jump into it. I knew I was going to get myself into a wild roller coaster of a ride emotionally, so I made sure I was completely prepared. This author writes in a way that really makes you feel everything, I cried, I laughed at some of the characters funny banter, and at points I was so angry I had to physically put the book down and take break.
With all that being said I absolutely adored this book and the emotional roller coaster was well worth it. I now I want to read everything by this author that I can get my hands on. I have the next book in the series but I’m kind of afraid to read it because I don’t know where it’s going to take me and I don’t think I’m ready for it right now.
I want to point out that I do not know much about hockey. A lot of the book was based on the sport, yet I was able to completely understand it. You don’t really need to be a fan of the sport in my opinion to still love it. I feel like it was more about politics within the sport than the actual sport it’s self.