Us Against You By Fredrik Backman
Release date: June 5th, 18
This book is the sequel to Backman’s Beartown. I read it over our 4th of July family trip and I am a bit disappointed in that decision only because it was not a happy, light vacation read, yet it is an amazing story.
If you like Backman’s earlier books you will not be disappointed in this one. I would also give A Man Called Ove,Brit-Marie Was Here and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She is Sorry all 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥as well.
This story is told from a third person narrative. The references to things to come to Beartown really drew me into the story even more. Despite the clues to the events about to unfold the story somehow still kept me in the dark by the turn of events. I loved it!
Everyone who loves sports knows that a game isn’t decided only by what happens but just as much by what doesn’t. The shot that hits the post, the bad call by the referee, the pass that didn’t quite connect. Every discussion about sports dissolves sooner or later into a thousand “ifs” and ten thousand ” if only that hadn’ts.” Some people’s lives get stuck the same way, year after year passing by with the same story being repeated to strangers at an even more deserted bar counter: a doomed relationship, a dishonest business partner, an unfair dismissal, ungrateful kids, an accident, a divorce. One single reason why everything went to hell.
When it comes down to it, everyone has something to say about the life he should have had instead of this one. Cities and towns work the same way. So if you want to understand their biggest stories, first you have to listen to their smaller ones.
This sums up the book for me. It is a hockey story, yet the real story is about any and everything but. And I love Fredrik’s writing so much! It is a quick and easy read too which I am a fan of, but he just seems to capture my heart and his books always leave me thinking of the story for days to come. Another quote that made me stop and reread, it rings so true for grief.
The path back to normal life is indescribably long once death has swept the feet out from under those of us who are left. Grief is a wild animal that drags us so far out into the darkness that we can’t imagine ever getting home again.
Beartown is a small, hardworking community in the middle of nowhere. They eat, sleep and breathe their hockey team. The first book, Beartown tells the story of rape charges within the A team and how the everyone in the town takes sides and becomes more divided. This sequel shows the side of life after rape, and other issues the hockey team faces that this small town is not prepared for.
Backman really focuses on human nature and how when faced with choosing a side of the story, many of us choose based on what is easiest and what serves our own interest best. Sadly I am sure this story has happened more times than I would like to know.
Beartown and Hed are the two rival towns till the end. Small towns like Hed and Beartown are always fighting over players, jobs and county funding. As a big game between towns approaches the hatred between these towns intensifies and innocent pranks get taken too far.
For a game that only needs an ice rink, two goals and two teams, Us Against You is anything but a simple game of hockey.
Have you read this one yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on Backman’s writing and this story.
Thanks for reading.
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