Monday, May 2, 2016

Britt-Marie Was Here - by Fredrik Backman: Book Review

Loved it. I-want-to-reread-it-in-paperback kind of love it.

Britt-Marie is a cleaning freak, comes across as passive-aggressive, but she's not, it's just that people have difficulties in seeing things clearly, and she is stuck. She comes to Borg, a small community inhabited by people who stopped hoping and dreaming. Cleaning her way through Borg's little nooks and crannies, and while she's at it, cleaning her way through her mind, Britt-Marie (not, Britt, gosh!) sees that there is emotion within her, she does know what she wants, but sometimes it takes a bit too long to muster up the courage and strength to verbalize it, and live.
Her husband preferred a younger woman over her, so Britt-Marie thought it only reasonable to find herself a job. Developing a rather quirky relationship with the girl at the employment agency, Britt-Marie ends up in Borg as a soccer coach. Britt-Marie hates soccer. But soccer is life for Borg, as she discovers. She meets a wide palette of characters that become endearing to both Britt-Marie and the reader. 
It the beginning, being told from the get-go that Britt-Marie is not passive-aggressive, you chuckle, then you get the feeling that, ahem, maybe she is a bit? Then you learn bits and pieces about her, and you stop judging and chucking and you understand her. You root for her, for the football team, and for the whole community.

Britt-Marie was here is Fredrick Backman's third book, and it so good! I highly recommend it. It is the sort of book that has nice wording, a good choice of vocabulary, a book about hope and courage, with
endearing characters that make you care about them.
I haven't read A Man Called Ove yet, but based on this book and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, (which I liked) I am sure I will enjoy reading it, and it's something to look forward to.

I received a free ebook version of this book from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Maybe there would be more to say about this book, but do yourself a favor and read this book.

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