Warm-up

Fredrik Backman might be one of my favorite authors. I loved A Man Called Ove (particularly on audio). And I picked up Us Against You because it’s the sequel to Beartown.

About the Book

Us Against You (as well as Beartown) is about two towns in Sweden. It’s as much about these two towns as it is the people who live in them. The thing that brings them together and pulls them apart is hockey. The story picks up with the Beartown hockey club in jeopardy of closing down.

One of the coolest things about Backman’s writing is how he builds a storyline. Particularly through the things that happen to key characters like Benji, Peter, Maya, and Kira. I don’t want to give too much away because what makes this book so great is reading just enough information to foreshadow what will happen next and then experiencing how it all plays out.

Us Against You

Notes and Reflections

  • One word to describe this book – strong. Strong characters, strong town. These people stand together.
  • Like Beartown, this book is a slow starter. But the pace, action, and emotions all pick up and lead to some (uncomfortable) scenes where my throat caught and I had goosebumps all at the same time.
  • If this book ever becomes a movie, I’d see it on opening night.
  • On a related note, I just learned that A Man Called Ove is being made into a film with Tom Hanks playing the lead.

Favorite Quotes (Fredrik Backman)

“We have no pause button for when everything gets too much for us to deal with, but then neither does anyone else.”

“The truth about most people is as simple as it is unbearable: we rarely want what is best for everyone; we mostly want what’s best for ourselves.”

“Anxiety. It’s such a peculiar thing. Almost everyone knows what it feels like, yet none of us can describe it.”

“Hockey is the simplest sport in the world, if you’re sitting in the stands. It’s always so easy to say what everyone should have done when you know that what they actually did didn’t work.”

Started: 2.24.2020
Finished: 3.07.2020