Have You Read “Beartown”? (My Thoughts)

Every night for the last few weeks I’ve been eager to climb into bed so I could continue reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman. I loved the book, and now that I’ve finished, I’m eager to read the second and third books in the trilogy.

I primarily read speculative fiction (fantasy and sci-fi), not literary fiction, but after watching and loving Anxious People, I knew it was finally time to try Beartown. It’s a simple premise: It’s a book about a small town in Sweden. A hockey town.

The book follows the junior hockey team as they compete in an annual tournament, though there are only two games of hockey described in Beartown. Most of the novel is about the characters and the tough choices they make. Nearly every character is there to break your heart (for better or for worse).

I’m being intentionally vague so as to not spoil anything. Every plot point in the book is driven by a character’s choice, so the consequences of those choices are the meat of Beartown. I love so many of these people: Maya, Amat, Benji, Ramona…. I hope their stories continue in the second book.

Have you read Beartown? What did you think?

5 thoughts on “Have You Read “Beartown”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. I was slow to warm up to it at first (was worried it would just be about abuse and sports and toxic masculinity) but was quite endeared to it by the end. Benji is going on a pet name list for sure 🙂

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  2. Really, really excellent book. What I appreciated most was that when I finished, I caught myself being more compassionate to the people around me, because the book helps you realize the complexity of what other people face. A book that can actually alter how you approach the world around you is a real winner!

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