I finished this a few weeks ago. I liked this second book in the Beartown trilogy better than the first. This book hit me on so many different levels - as the parent of teens, the parent of an athlete, a team mom, a member of a community, a wife….There were so many little insights into these roles that really spoke to me as I read. This series is as much character driven as plot driven. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚#serieslove2023
18% / 83 pages in, and this book is breaking my heart already. 💔❤️📚 It‘s football Sunday, it‘s rainy and my team isn‘t playing until 4:25pm. So I‘m settled on the couch with this book, my coffee and my dogs (one is sitting behind my head). Fredrik Backman is so good. #20in4Readathon #serieslove2023
#IdiomInsight Day 19: This is literally an #OnThinIce novel. There is divisiveness here – which is something we can also say about the world and most countries at the moment; there is hatred – too much of it everywhere these days; there is grief and loss too. But then at the very heart of it, one goes back to hockey, which becomes a microcosm of life itself. My full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-j65
In this continuation of Beartown and all those who inhabit it, is this intensely immersive multi-layered story with complicated character relationships. Some characters you love, some you despise, but everyone roots for Beartown! We are the bears! The bears from Beartown! Beautiful, reflective writing 4.5/5
Put off this book for so long because I love Beartown so much and do not want the series to end so quickly.
And, again, Fredrik Backman did not disappoint me. Sometimes held back my tears but eventually tears went out; sometimes it was to much for me and I needed to pause and then resume. Such a touching and heartbreaking book. Just love it.
I loved Beartown (and also Anxious People) so I was looking forward to the sequel, but I am disappointed. It's a good story with a lot of value in both the plot and the characters; however, the way the author had chosen to tell it just didn't work for me. Each chapter started with some quotable life wisdom, then something happened to confirm it, then the wise words were repeated. Every single chapter. The format had its power in the beginning...⬇️
Mounting tensions between two neighbouring hockey towns , a newcomer to hockey helps shape the new Bear Team. Focusing on different characters this time, my favourite being Benji. He‘s lost, makes mistakes but still carries on. There are characters I don‘t like but they make you want to read the story more. Backman writes about some emotive subjects e.g homophobia, racism, family dynamics etc. Will definitely read the final book
I‘ve started the series so will continue with the next instalment.
Wow- even though I loved BEARTOWN, I still didn‘t expect to enjoy this sequel as much! I think I loved it even more?! It wasn‘t really the story I expected- but after having grown to love these characters so much, it was wonderful to see their stories continue to unfold. Again, the stories may center around hockey, but this manages to be about so much more. I laughed, I cried & gasped aloud in shock in parts! I can‘t wait to continue the series!
There is no pause button when everything gets too much for us, but that's how it is with everyone.We will do whatever it takes for them, and they never realize it because they don't understand the depth of something that is unconditional. A lie has an invincible advantage: the truth must take into account everything that happened, and a lie only needs to be easy enough to be believed.
Fredrik Backman always knows just how to break me into tiny pieces. He always balances the sorrow with hope. I think I'm going to need something fluffy before I move on to the next book in the series. Who'd have thought a series about hockey could be so moving?
scarathlon points: 5+1+(9 hours x 5 thons x 10)=456
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I picked up Us Against You at the library because, though I was confident I HAD read it, it wasn't marked it as read on my Goodreads. Expecting to recognize it soon, I began reading. I finished without ever recognizing the book.
An amazing deal right now on Kindle for the second book in the Beartown trilogy. Only $2.99 for the next several days. If you haven't read Beartown or Us Against You, I can't recommend them enough. Fredrik Backman is definitely one of my MUST-READ authors. Get this one before the final installment of the trilogy, The Winners, is released on September 27th!
I will read anything this author writes. He gets what it is to be human. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5/5
Have you ever loved something so fiercely that you would do anything to save it?
That‘s what the people of Beartown do, and the story is something you will never forget.
Backman makes you slow down, realize what you have in front of you, and crave what life is really all about.
It‘s not often that a sequel is better, but in this case I think it worked out that way. I will remember this book for all the days to come.
All the stars!!!!!! Best book I have read in a very long time. Backman's writing is exceptional. This book has wonderful moments of inspiration and moments of profound sadness. I do not follow hockey and this book touched me deeply as it is about so much more than that - its about friendship and family. The family we are born with and the family we find.
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The first thing I look for in a friend is kindness.
Biggest irrational fear - a car jumping thr curve when I am walking down the street and running me over.
When we can travel again: experience Disney with my family and go lay on a warm beach with a cold drink and a book!
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Can anyone tell me why the name of the book changed??? I had Bear Town in my stack and went to B&N and got Us Against you not even thinking anything of it just because of the author. Now I have two of the same stories... but be read Bear Town ...it‘s a great book 😳☺️
I just love this book so much 😭😭😭😭😭 it was a reread for me and I‘m so glad that #lmpbc gave me a reason to do so! Backman breaks my heart and heals me all at the same time. The writing is so stunning and I felt all the feels for these characters, three years later. @shellleigh33 I‘m SO sorry for the delay! This is going in today‘s mail!! @sharread @LiteraryinLititz
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I cannot express how much I love this book!! I am very excited for the 3rd book in the series to be released. The story of Beartown continues in this book. We see ups and downs that the members of the hockey team and the town deal with. We see our beloved characters from Beartown grow and change.
I didn‘t do my usual research and blindly started this book. I‘ve read other Backman books and liked them so I felt safe with this one. I didn‘t know it was about hockey or that it‘s actually a sequel, but that didn‘t matter!! While I was unsure at first, because of my lack of knowledge about hockey I grew to love the characters. What a great story about human nature and how we cope (or don‘t cope) with life.
Book 19 of 2020
“Unfairness is a far more natural state in the world than fairness” -us against you
“At some point almost everyone makes a choice. Some of us don‘t notice it happening, most don‘t get to plan it in advance, but there‘s always a moment when we take one path instead of another that has consequences for the rest of our life‘s. It determines the people we will become... because responsibility is a burden. Freedom is a pleasure.” -us against you
5 Beautiful stars. Intuitively written with amazing insight on humanity with complex relationships. So many phrases I utterly loved. Enjoyed and loved every character. Maya was not a central figure in this novel but still was an intrigual part. I think every one of my emotions were hit, funny, joy, anger, love, compassion. One of my favorites!
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