Beartown by Fredrik Backman | Book Review (Spoiler Free)
Hello readers! This week we’re discussing Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Don’t worry there are no spoilers!
This book is about a small isolated hockey-obsessed town called Beartown.
Backman highlights both the importance and dangers that are found in communities. Beartown is a very tight-knit community bound together by their passion for hockey. The success of the hockey team is important for the stability and economy of the town. When things are going well on the ice, the community is flourishing too.
Without spoiling the book for you, here’s a brief overview of what happens. There is a tragic event that occurs within the community which relates to the hockey team and the players. This devastating event causes a dilemma and forces individual community members and the collective community to decide whether to speak out or remain silent in order to support the hockey team.
Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward.
One thing I love about this book is that the storyline is extremely engaging and unpredictable. Backman keeps you on the edge of your seat as you gain insight into the lives of various community members. If you’re not sure if you’ll like this book, I encourage you to read the opening chapter (which is literally one paragraph) and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked!
I also like how there are a variety of characters that Backman introduces throughout the book. Their storylines are told piece by piece and over time you understand how the various characters are interrelated.
One of the plainest truths about both towns and individuals is that they usually don’t turn into what we tell them to be, but what they are told they are.
Who should read this book?
If you like hockey you probably would like this book because the story is definitely based around hockey-related events. More importantly though, I think this book is suited for young men and women. I say this because the controversial issue that unfolds is very relevant for today’s world. Seeing this issue be brought to light through a fictional story is useful in illustrating how communities can either support or destroy the lives of an individual or group.
The very worst events in life have that effect on a family: we always remember, more sharply than anything else, the last happy moments before everything fell apart.
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