“If you spend your whole life being someone else, who will be you?”
Sometimes a book comes around that completely takes you by surprise. You cannot eat, sleep, or work until the book is finished. And then even after you’ve turned the last page, you can’t stop thinking about. It can be a book that you’ve owned forever and never got around to reading it, or one that was just published.
For me that book was Beartown.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman was published in English in 2017. Beartown is a captivating story about a small town, in the middle of a forest, that centers around the local hockey team. The semifinal game becomes the catalyst for a violent crime that turns the town upside down. And so much more. Backman has a way of words, a way that will make you question your own life and think about how small events impact the bigger things in life.
I bought Beartown when it first came out and it sat on my bookshelf for the past year. I would often grab it and put it back. Then, I saw it featured on a lot of Bookstagrams and decided to give it a shot.
At first, I wasn’t sure about it because hockey was a huge theme and I wasn’t feeling it.
But somewhere in the beautifully written sentences, I was hooked.
“All adults have days when we feel completely drained. When we no longer know quite what we spend so much time fighting for, when reality and everyday worries overwhelm us and we wonder how much longer we’re going to be able to carry on. The wonderful thing is that we can all live through far more days like that without breaking than we think. The terrible thing is that we never know exactly how many.”
With quotes like those laced throughout the book it was hard to not fall in love with Backman’s writing and want to spend all your free time reading. After I finished it I found myself not wanting to read anything else. I was still wrapped up in the happenings of Beartown & couldn’t get out. Luckily, the second book Us Against You was published and I found myself back in Beartown, but that’s for another blog post.