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 dreamand 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....
|Title||:||Beartown (Beartown #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
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Beartown (Beartown #1) Reviews
All the feels!
Well, I am going to be honest. I was terrified to read this book. A strange thing to say because if a person were to look at my "read" shelf, I have obviously highly enjoyed Fredrik Backman's books. I love his writing and his characters seem to connect with my soul. It was the plot- the fact that that this book would talk about a small town and its obsessive love for hockey. A game that I loved so much growing up but have slowly lost interest in as I have grown older. As I began ...more
Wow! What happens in Beartown, unfortunately, happens in reality. Probably more times that we know. Just change the sport. I don't know if you can say the people of Beartown are obsessed with hockey. It's more that they live for it, they live and breath it every minute of the day.
Beartown is a story that grabs you from the beginning. We follow the local boys hockey team and their quest to win. We follow the coaches and their quest to win. We follow the town folk and their quest for th ...more
I sit here and think about what I just read and it was utterly amazing and so profound.
Fredrick Backman thank you for writing such a powerful novel. This is truly a heart wrenching novel that leaves you crying at times, laughing at times, and angry at times. This is definitely a novel that will be treasured and I will always remember.
The characters are so amazingly sketched and Backman ever so brilliantly leaves your heart and soul wanting more and more!
I don't want to go into too much detail ...more
Believe the hype. Beartown is one of those rare novels that leaves you swollen with feeling and utter satisfaction, and yet entirely sad and almost disappointed that the story had to end, even though you wouldn't have wanted the author to change or add a single thing. For me, that's the highest level of love I can have for a novel, and I was honestly stunned by my level of engagement with and adoration for this book. 5 stars, no halves or equivocation, a completely fulfilling reading experience ...more
"People round here don't always know the difference between right and wrong. But we know the difference between good and evil."
Fredrik Backman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His characters and storytelling are practically perfect. I can easily recommend this book to anyone.
There are so many different facets to this book. Questions of morality and loyalty, passion over logic, and right vs wrong. No path through the story is easy and no solution obvious. The background story of ev ...more
I'm the outlier again, I guess. I DID like this but didn't love it as many readers clearly did. Backman certainly has a gift for developing characters that feel real and for creating atmosphere, but I didn't love the narrative structure he uses here. He has a large cast of rotating characters and each character has a brief mini story arc that often (too often for me) concludes with the equivalent of a Jack Handy "Deep Thought" or a grave pronouncement that is contrived to make you nod knowingly ...more
Every. Damn. Time.
’Culture is as much about what we encourage as what we permit.’
It’s taking every ounce of whatever self restraint I have left not to go back and start the cycle again.
This book will be the death of me!
Last Read - 23/03/18
Incredible. INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t give it (ME!) 5 stars fast enough.
I can’t remember the last time was this consumed by a book and its characters.
Right now I’m feeling too many emotions, my thoughts are ...more
Hockey. What did I care about hockey? I didn't. But the novel soon becomes about more than just the sport, about so much more than I can articulate in a review without giving too much away, but I'll try. Backman tells us early on what I was about to discover for myself.
"Why does anyone care about hockey?
Because it tells stories. "
Beartown is a small Swedish town in a forest that could be a small town anywhere. Maybe the sport in these towns is baseball or soccer or football. But here it is ...more