Book Review: Beartown

Author: Fredrik Backman

Beartown #1

Pages: 432

Goodreads Synopsis: “People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.”

Book Review: I love Fredrik Backman, for some reason he always knows how to pull at your heart. Bookworms always ask if you could meet one author who would it be and my answer is always Fredrik Backman. I honestly don’t know how he writes stories that have you feeling like you just walked out of a therapy session and understand life a little bit better.

Now, after saying this, Beartown isn’t my favorite Backman story and I’ve read almost all of them. But I still enjoyed the story and its significance. To start, young adults/teenagers on sports teams can feel pressure they shouldn’t feel when an entire town is rooting for you to make it better. But at the same time, when is a team not enough? A trauma occurs during this story and it splits the the town in half to what is right and what is wrong. It takes pressure on the young girl left traumatized knowing that she will be the subject of the town for years to come. But staying silent is the worse you can do, this story tugs at your heart because it’s a true testament that things like this happen all the time in real life (no spoilers I promise) and it’s the choices we all make that will define us.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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