Review: Beartown - Fredrik Backman


Title: Beartown

Author: Fredrik Backman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: 25 April 2017

Pages: 432

My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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“Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward.”

It’s not very often that I give a book a 5-star review. I’m the type of person who can be a tad too generous with throwing around 5-stars, even if a book doesn’t fully deserve it.. So I try to be a bit more critical and put a lot more thought into my ratings these days. That being said, Beartown deserved every little star of the 5 I rated it - and more.

It’s actually pretty funny how much I loved this novel because I went into it with a completely different idea of what it was about. Like completely different. I thought it was just a feel-good novel about a small town that bands together to help their hockey team win the championship game. Yes, there’s a hockey team. Yes, they’re in a small town, that helps them… But there’s so much more to this novel. SO. MUCH. MORE.

I have no idea how to describe this novel without giving away literally every detail that made it suspenseful and exciting. Essentially, in a small town called Beartown, there is a junior boys hockey team that has been striving to reach the widely celebrated success that the team once had. Everyone is obsessed with hockey, everyone is obsessed with the players. But things go awry real quick after a violent incident that splits the town in half.

The writing is what initially gripped me. Fredrik Backman knows what he’s doing, that’s for sure. The first few pages completely engulfed me in intrigue and excitement. I wanted to know what would happen. I wanted to devour this book in a day. Unfortunately, it took me a month to read because of finals and Christmas events. I was constantly itching to get back to reading this novel. Apparently, it wasn’t even originally written in English??? That impresses me even more. Not a lot of novels translate well. This one certainly did.

Honestly, if I were to recommend just one book from all the ones I read in 2018, this would be the one. It’s a captivating, heart-racing page-turner, one that will leave a lasting impression on me for a very long time.

Have you read Beartown? Did you love it as much as I did?

Felicia x

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