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Us Against You
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, hailed as "a writer of astonishing depth [with] the remarkable ability to make you understand the feelings of each of a dozen different characters" (The Washington Times), a heart-wrenching story of how loyalty, friendship, and love carry a town through its darkest days. After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute. As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they've been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent. Us Against You is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that form and color our communities. Compelling and heartbreaking, it's a roller-coaster ride of emotions and a showcase for "Fredrik Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness).
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Coleen_Nieto
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Sometimes you have to live like the gate is open.

Sparklemn Your dog is adorable! 1mo
Coleen_Nieto @Sparklemn Thank you!! 1mo
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carlthecattt
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Heart wrenching.
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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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perfectsinner
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Goddamn Backman did it again. All the feels! Can't wait for the third book. I dunno if my heart can take it, though.

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ShelleyBooksie
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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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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ShelleyBooksie
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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May Reads. Beartown and Crown of Gilded Bones were the big stand outs.

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ShelleyBooksie
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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@eggs - for wonderous Wednesday. One of my fav book shirts and book earrings
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!

Wanna play @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego , @DinoMom , @DebbieGrillo

AmyG I, too, am a fan of kindness. 👊🏻 6mo
LeahBergen Great pic! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You look so pretty! Love your shirt! Also, I LOVE the card and bookmark you sent 💛 🍋 I‘m behind, but I‘ll get there!! 😘 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes!!! It‘s our motto 👊🏻🙌🏻 6mo
Eggs Love the shirt!! And earrings!! Happy pic!! Thanks for joining in 👏🏻📚❤️🥳 6mo
UwannaPublishme Great pic and shirt! 🙌🏻 6mo
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LisaLovesToRead
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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This book is amazing! It‘s even better than Beartown. I highly recommend it.

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Mrs.C
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Sitting in the bleachers freezing my fingers off waiting for my kiddos game to start and the sun to come out! 🥶

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Arvena
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Amazing Fredrik Backman! The style of writing is wholly his own - F. Backman is one of the most talented storytellers. Thought-provoking, engaging, and heartwarming: an emotional roller-coaster. It's a great multi-layered novel - gripping, reflective and well executed.

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Ddzmini
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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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 😳☺️

mdm139 They are separate books. Bear town is book one. Us against you is the sequel. 8mo
Ddzmini Thank you @mdm139 so I won‘t give it away then 🤣🤣 8mo
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Jeannineth
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Beartown was an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions for me. The book was very good but I am still reflecting on it a year later. So, here I am about to embark on another trip to Beartown.

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freeatlast1137
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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The second book about Beartown where hockey is everything.

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BennettBookworm
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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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

sharread I know, I could read it a few times. Can't wait to see your comments. 9mo
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paulareadsallthetime
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wish I knew when Beartown 3 was coming out!! 10mo
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wideeyedreader
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Okay, that‘s it, Backman‘s officially a favorite author! I can‘t get enough of how authentically and sympathetically he writes all of his characters, and still manages to tell compelling stories. I cried twice while reading this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LiteraryinLawrence
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I‘m definitely glad I read this! Thanks to my #lmpbc of @sharread @BennettBookworm and @shellleigh33 . This is my first book of 2021!

sharread That's awesome. Bear Town is going to be on HBO as a series. I'm mailing How to Walk Away in a few days. I'm hoping the mail issue clears up soon. ❤ Happy New Year. 11mo
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Allthebookclubs
Us Against You (Export) | Fredrik Backman
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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

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Andorsey
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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“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

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sharread
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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!
#GroupO @LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm @shellleigh33

BennettBookworm Yayyy so excited to reread! 12mo
LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeeee! 12mo
sharread @BennettBookworm I'm going to mail you The Tigers Wife, hope that's okay. How do I find out when I mail my book to the next person? 🤣🤪 12mo
sharread @LiteraryinLititz I mail Us Against You to you for December, right? 12mo
LiteraryinLawrence @sharread Yes! So I‘ll mail my book to @BennettBookworm (once I‘m done), she‘ll mail to @shellleigh33 and she‘ll mail to you for each round! 12mo
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Kelsyereadsbooks
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 I‘ve said it before and I‘ll say it again - I‘ll read anything Fredrik Backman writes. He has such a moving way of writing, it‘s like music to me. I loved going back to Beartown.

readingjedi I am very much of the same opinion! 13mo
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LaraReads
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Just finished Beartown & am so glad I had this on hand to start tonight! Thank you @JanuarieTimewalker13 I am all snuggled in my recliner as hubby & the kiddo watch some Netflix. It‘s so cold outside, under this blanket is the only place I wanna be!

Shamzi That is the best place to be 😊😊 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, I‘m so happy!!! I still have my two books!! I‘m not sure I‘ll ever let them go!! Can‘t wait for #3. Enjoy!!! ❤️ and thank you for my BearTown❤️ 13mo
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MallenNC
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I did not like this as much as Beartown, which was one of my top reads of the year I read it, but it was still worthwhile to read. It was interesting to read this while the U.S. is so polarized because the book is mostly about how different groups can be set against each other by greedy people with ulterior motives.

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MallenNC
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I need to finish the tagged book to get my first Bingo! I hope to finish it in a day or so. I haven‘t finished the official #bookspin or #doublespin yet, but I‘ve filled in a lot on my card! #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great progress!! 1y
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BoleyBooks
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Boooooks It‘s been so long since I read bear town and I loved it, I need to get to this one soon! 1y
BoleyBooks @Boooooks yes! I hope you enjoy this sequel as much as I did 😊 1y
Sresendez12 Loved this one! I liked it just as much as I liked Beartown, which is unusual because I usually love the first book the most! 1y
BoleyBooks @Sresendez12 I agree 😊 1y
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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It's clearly more than just a game for this town...
A solid follow-up to Beartown...giving you insight into how the town is dealing with the fall-out of the rape and loss of their “best“ players to Hed. When a new coach comes to town and new players are added to the team, tensions rise, secrets come out, and someone ends up dead. I loved the new coach, BTW.
https://audiobookingwithleah.blogspot.com/2020/08/audiobook-review-us-against-yo...

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HappilyEverKrafter
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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📖 Us Against You
✏️ John Updike
🎞 Under the Tuscan Sun
🎤 Carrie Underwood
🎼 Under Pressure

#ManicMonday #LetterU

rachaich Loved Us Against You 😍😍 1y
HappilyEverKrafter @rachaich Me too! It was sooooo good! 1y
Zoes_Human Under Pressure was a contender for me but ultimately I went with Unchained Melody. 1y
HappilyEverKrafter @Zoes_Human Queen is my favorite band! 1y
Zoes_Human @HappilyEverKrafter They were amazing! (And totally my Q pick for bands). I had a really hard time deciding between the two songs. 1y
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MallenNC
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I‘ve read Beartown but haven‘t gotten to the sequel yet. #AugustAuthors

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊📚💗 1y
OriginalCyn620 Me either! 1y
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Tracyantoon
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Most #unpopularopinion of the year alert... This did not work for me. The only reason I am giving it a so-so vs pan is because of Benji (love that guy). Maybe it‘s because I did audio vs physical book. Maybe I waited too long after Beartown (the best book I read in 2017) to start this. Maybe my kids are interrupting me every 10 seconds and I was never able to get immersed in the story. I wanted to love it but there was no magic here for me. 😢

mcctrish Beartown was better but I did like this one 1y
TerriGreen Bummed you did not enjoy this one, but that is OK! 🏒 1y
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MinnieTimperley
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I don't know how Backman does it. He makes you fall in love with multiple well-drawn characters, signposts tragedy, and keeps you guessing. No one does grief as well.

bookaholic1 I agree!! 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence Really powerful. 1y
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BennettBookworm Wow how timely. This + Beartown = epic. 1y
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MinnieTimperley
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2020 A book with a three word title. Read Beartown last year so have been looking forward to the sequel.

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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BearTown 2.....what a great follow up!! Can‘t wait till BearTown 3!!! Heartwarming, heart wrenching, crushes your soul and restores your soul. Great characters. Highly highly recommend this duology, soon to be trilogy (2021, sparse info, hope it‘s accurate). 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💕

cherinium There's going to be a third? I'm not sure how I feel about that. I am in the minority that did not love this one. Beartown was amazing, but I felt like the follow up was redundant and unnecessary. #unpopularopinion 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @cherinium Everyone is different!! I liked this better than BearTown! I can‘t wait to see what my book club thinks! I can understand your point also!! I just liked finding more out about Benji, Ana, and Other characters. 1y
LikelyLibrarian @JanuarieTimewalker13 I liked this one better too, although I thought Beartown was great! 1y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @LikelyLibrarian Yes, both wonderful books!! 1y
bookaholic1 I loved both books myself 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @bookaholic1 I really hope there‘s a book 3 !!! 1y
bookaholic1 @JanuarieTimewalker13 I heard there may be but won't know til it's out 1y
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MooseontheLoose
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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A fantastic sequel to #Beartown.

I was part of the town, part of the team, part of the loss.

10/10 would recommend.

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swatreads
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

People will always choose a simple lie over a complicated truth, because the lie has one unbeatable advantage: the truth always has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe.

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HappilyEverKrafter
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“It‘s hard to care about people. Exhausting, in fact, because empathy is a complicated thing. It requires us to accept that everyone else‘s lives are also going on the whole time. We have no pause button for when everything gets too much for us to deal with, but then neither does anyone else.”

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MooseontheLoose
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Time for the sequel! I loved #Beartown and I hope #UsAgainstYou stands up to it.

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actualdisneyprincess
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I love these characters and this place and the way Backman writes, and I‘m so sad that I‘m almost finished with it. But it‘s really nice to be outside with my book and the sunshine and a delicious iced Thai Coconut Latte. (It‘s a Celestial Seasonings K-Cup. I haven‘t gone anywhere for two weeks, and have no intention of going anywhere anytime in the foreseeable future, promise.) #usagainstyou #fredrikbackman #beartown #socialdistancing

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Samara_Kipnis
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LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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“It isn‘t always easy. But if you say that to them, they‘ll reply that it‘s not supposed to be” (434).

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Samara_Kipnis
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

This quote really stuck out to me, since I teach 7th grade and fear this also: “But he‘s terrified of this: turning around and seeing a twelve-year-old get hurt and feeling responsible. Anyone who feels responsibility isn‘t free” (244).

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Samara_Kipnis
Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

“‘You can force people to obey you, but you can never force them to follow you. If you want them to play for you, they have to love you‘” (194).

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Samara_Kipnis
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“Adri never became just anyone, not entirely; she was born with something of Alain in her” (183).

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swatreads
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Started listening to this! And I'm in love already!! Looks like a promising sequel to the amazinggg Beartown!