Book Review Of Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman has been a hit or miss author for me. I could not get enough of his book My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry.  On the other hand I couldn’t bring myself to continue more than ¼ of the way through A Man Called Ove. Beartown falls on the side of “couldn’t get enough’.  I would absolutely recommend this book to my friends.

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Beartown takes place in rural Sweden, but I honestly pictured it to be in North Dakota or Minnesota.  It is a story of a small hockey town struggling to stay afloat as the modern world moves forward and makes jobs scarce and families move away.   A crime shatters the whole town and the reader gets to observe how the actions of one person can affect everyone in a town.

When I say Beartown is a hockey town think Friday Night Lights but for hockey instead of football.  In Beartown, kids start playing hockey as soon as they can skate. Peewee teams are considered to be farm teams for the town’s adult team. Hockey players are the celebrities of the town and they get all of the perks and privileges that come with that.

The star player of the team is involved in a crime and everyone’s loyalties are questioned.  Are the players people? Are they commodities? What is more important, money or people? How does treating children like they are more important than others shape how they treat people?

This book plays into all of my favorite things.  I have this strange idea that I want to live in a small town. I also love sports books and movies.  But in a book, I love a complex story, characters that are real and well developed, and a realistic resolution.  This book delivers all of this. I can honestly see this being made into a movie, so I suggest reading it to be ahead of the game.

On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest it rated the following:

Laughs: 2

Tears: 3

Cheese: 1

Predictability: 2

Overall: 5/5

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? It kept me up late because I couldn’t put it down.  

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  • Steph June 14, 2018 09.27 pm

    I loved a man called ove! I can’t wait to read his new book.

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  • Rachel June 14, 2018 09.29 pm

    Oooh! I love books like this! I’ll have to check it out while I’m on maternity leave!

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  • Stacie June 14, 2018 09.47 pm

    I need to give this a read! I like the idea, and I’ve been looking for a new book.

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  • Robin Rue June 14, 2018 10.02 pm

    This sounds like a great summer beach read. I am totally adding it to my list.

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  • Melanie June 15, 2018 12.07 am

    I like your 5 point rating system. That is a great way to share a book review. It is an easy way for me to glance and see if I would be interested in reading it. I have not read anything by this author.

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  • Kathy June 15, 2018 12.37 am

    Sounds like a good book. I haven’t read a book in awhile and I’ve been wanting to this summer. I’ll have to give this one a try.

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  • krystal June 15, 2018 01.23 am

    I haven’t taken much time this year to read for fun. I need to start this summer!

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  • Shelley King June 15, 2018 01.31 am

    This is a book I would read. I loved the Friday Night Lights series and movie! I like a little action with a great story. I have been looking for new reads for the summer. Great review that makes me want to read without giving it away.

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  • Stephanie June 15, 2018 02.15 am

    I haven’t heard of this book or this author before. I typically read modern fantasy books, but this one sounds really interesting! I’ll have to add it to my forever-long list of books to read one day.

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  • Sue Reddel June 15, 2018 03.02 am

    I just adored the book A Man Called Ove so this author’s books are high on my list of must-reads. I like the idea of this small town and the hockey tie-in too. Sounds like a terrific read. Thanks!

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  • Carol Reyes June 15, 2018 03.27 am

    Haha! I love the way you rate books! 🙂 Totally got me smiling. I don’t usually read fiction, but this sounds like a great summer read.

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  • Juli // Once Upon a Cheerio June 15, 2018 04.33 am

    Sounds like an interesting read. The city I live in is very much a Hockey town 😉

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  • Toni | Boulder Locavore June 15, 2018 07.02 am

    I haven’t read it yet but it sounds worth a try! Will check it out.

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  • Helene June 15, 2018 10.22 am

    This book sounds interesting! I haven’t read anything from this author, it’s time to have a look to his books.
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

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  • Chef Dennis June 15, 2018 11.09 am

    I loved Friday Night Lights and I enjoy watching Hockey. This sounds like a great summertime read for me!

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  • Gisele June 15, 2018 01.28 pm

    This sounds like a good book. I’m weird because I read mostly history and paranormal books. For most people this would be a great book to read.

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  • Claudia Krusch June 15, 2018 01.43 pm

    Sounds like a great book! I’m adding it to my summer reading list! Thank you for sharing it!

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  • Becca Wilson June 15, 2018 02.18 pm

    This definitely sounds like a read that I would have picked up. I love that you shared the laughs and tears meter!

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  • Raina June 15, 2018 03.18 pm

    I like your rating system! I usually read no -fiction, but this sounds like a good read!

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  • Natalie June 15, 2018 03.50 pm

    This book, Bear town sounds like it would be a good lifetime movie. I have never read it before, but it sounds like a good mystery book to read and I’m going to add it to my reading list.

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  • Tami June 15, 2018 04.02 pm

    There hasn’t been much time to read for pure enjoyment these last few weeks. I miss it! I am adding this one to my wishlist and hope to be reading it before the summer is over.

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  • Kim Croisant June 15, 2018 04.54 pm

    No, I haven’t read the book, but I’m not a book reader either. I do like to read short stories and magazine though. I like the name of this book as well as where it took place. I’d love to visit Sweden someday.

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  • Aarika June 15, 2018 05.05 pm

    This looks like an interesting book. I always appreciate learning about new books to add to my list! Thanks.

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  • Holly Lasha June 15, 2018 05.20 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I love this. I totally want to try it out too.

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  • Aitza B June 15, 2018 08.47 pm

    You had me at hockey town! This sounds like the kind of summer read I’d be into ,but probably won’t get to until winter. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  • Cristina – Memories of the Pacific June 16, 2018 05.46 pm

    Thanks for the review! I’m currently working on my summer reading list 🙂

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  • Cat Khanh June 17, 2018 02.51 pm

    To be honest, I’m not a big fan of reading. I’m glad that you enjoy this book and maybe I will give it a try!

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  • April June 18, 2018 02.43 am

    This book sounds so interesting! Thanks for the review, I want to add this to my reading list now!

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  • Tosha June 18, 2018 04.34 am

    This seems like a really intriguing book I need to get back and read! This may be the one I need soon thx

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  • Bianca Dottin June 21, 2018 01.14 am

    I’m not a heavy book reader. This seems like a very interesting book and it sounds like you really enjoyed it.

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