Thursday, June 29, 2017


 Good Thursday to you all . Today we are going to review BEARTOWN by Fredrick Backman.

                        BOOK BLURB 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

                      MY REVIEW 

     This was my first book I have read by this author and boy I was not disappointed in the least . This story hit home with me , living in a small town in Canada . Hockey is everything and when something happens in the small town .  On the eve of the big semi final match things get out of control and lives are changed forever . A young girl is traumatized beyond belief and the whole town is in turmoil.  Will everyone survive in the wake of the tragedy ,
    This book starts with someone walking into the woods with a shotgun and shooting someone in the head . The murder happens right at the start and the rest of the book is how we got to the murder. The causes and effects of what happened . While trying to win the national semi finals in their hockey league . These kids have such a burden on their shoulders to make their town proud of them and also trying to get out of the small town   Each character is someone you will know . if you lived in a small town . The characters are all complex and all have things that they are hiding and want to keep hidden . The author pulls out all the inner thoughts and demons in his characters . Which makes for a very intense book .
    I read this book in the course of 2 evenings . I couldn't put the book down . I was on the edge of my seat for most of the reading. Even though the beginning started off just a little bit slow . I really picked up as you are trying to get to the bottom of the murder and the aftermath that has happened . The story is so involved and complex you will be blown away . The author takes us on a journey that will make you think maybe the bad guys aren't as bad as you think they are and the good guys aren't as good as you thought they were . You will cheer and shed a tear for all of these characters .  This is an intense book that will keep you reading all through the night

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