Beartown Book Review

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 Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I have to admit that this isn’t the sort of book I would usually pick up. In fact, if my mum hadn’t read it before me I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at all. For me, the blurb didn’t do the book any justice at all. I can’t stress enough how brilliant this book is and how gorgeous the writing is.

 I’ve been reading a lot of new books lately and a lot of them are quickly becoming favourites. Bear Town is one of them. It follows the story of an Ice Hockey town and what happens after their star player is accused of rape. As you can guess, the trial doesn’t go in the victim’s favour.

 I’ve never seen someone write the mundane as well as Fredrik Backman. The majority of the book was just following the character’s lives and apart from the rape at the party, nothing massively huge happens. But I was completely hooked. I feel in love with all of the characters in their own little ways (apart from the rapist. No matter how much I tried I just couldn’t get passed what he did.) and I really felt like I was in the town, looking at the world unfolding around me.

 I really can’t recommend this book enough. This is perhaps the best written book I have ever read and I can’t wait to read the sequal.

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