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 generat ...more
Bobo, who is not good enough to even try to play at the " A team" level in Hed; who turned out to be sentimental about sex and relationships, wanting to wait until marriage to have sex; and who is also older than Zach, will be the one to have a kid. It is likely he got married young and thus, is a young dad.
Zach, who has already had suicidal tendencies, will be dead because it had previously said he lives for Amat. Once Amat leaves to play Elite, he has nothing left to live for.
You didn't miss anything. I think the author just gave us some clues to give us the ability to make an informed guess. =)(less) (hide spoiler)]
When 'Beartown' first started showing up on so many of my friends' feeds, I was mildly curious. Not being a sports fan, by any stretch of the imagination, I filed it away in the back of my mind in the "maybe one day" category. Knowing only that it centered on a junior hockey team in a smal ...more
and i will forever have love for the boy with sad eyes and a wild heart. <3
now THIS is how you tell a story.
the writing is definitely the strength of this book and it makes me wish i was fluent in swedish, because i know it would be an even more remarkable story in its native/original language (if thats even possible).
reading this book feels a ...more
Beartown, a small town in the middle of the forest, has been on its way out for years.
Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward.
Businesses are leaving, layoffs are happening and people are fleeing for anywhere but there.
But, there is one thing that holds everyone together - the junior ice hockey team. People may say that it's crazy to pin all your hopes and dreams on a hockey team, but they don't understand.
Never trust peop...more
Not unlike a hockey team suffering a penalty and playing at a numerical disadvantage:
Update FIVE STAR Feb 2019 Review (re-read):
Because it’s LOVE, plain and simple.
Have you ever had a book stay with you? Has it ever just lived inside of you every single day, day in day out, since the moment you first read it? You take a breath and a character comes to mind and you feel what he feels? For me, “Beartown” is that ...more
Fredrik Backman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His characters and storytelling are practically perfect. I can easily recommend this book to anyone.
There are so many different facets to this book. Questions of morality and loyalty, passion over logic, and right vs wrong. No path through the story is easy and no solution obvious. The background story of ev ...more
So despite people's warm feelings about Backman's next two books, I passed, because I have enough to worry about becoming a (hopefully) charming curmudgeon someday soon. However, I did pounce on ...more
This is the story of how we got there.”
WHAT AN OPENING LINE!!!
WHAT A BOOK!!!
It’s been two weeks since I finished this book (or did the book finish me?!) and I still haven’t managed to get over the experience of “Beartown”. Truth be told, I think I never will. This is a book that stays with you. It buries itself into yo ...more
Why This Book
Beartown began showing up on a few of my Goodreads' friends booklists earlier ...more
Parenting, friendships, prejudices, love, cruelty.From gender prejudices to parental love, from teenage fears to ethnic differences, this novel has it all, revolving around a dark tragedy which very few but the brave will confront. A story that has it all and yet described in such a simple way that is truly amazing. A great story about humanity and survival.
Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward.
Not always, although more in the last year, I buy over hyped books. They are not always as good as they seem. But I decided to give a try to Beartown and oh, blew me away.
I am not someone outside sports and I understand the sacrifices that have to be made to achieve goals. When I was a teenager I practiced swimming. We had a national preselection competition. I got the flu and I kept swimming even with fever, because that was demanded from me. I ended up with bronchopneumonia an ...more
"Why does anyone care about hockey?
Because it tells stories. "
Beartown is a small Swedish town in a forest that could be a small town anywhere. Maybe the sport in these towns is baseball or soccer or football. But here it is ...more
Late one evening, toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead, and pulled the trigger.
This is the story of how we got there.
At first I wasn't really getting into this book. I don't know why because:
1) I love the author
2) I love hockey
3) I love coming of age stories
4) I love the cold
5) I love small towns. I was born in one.
It finally got to where I liked it enough to change stars from 3 to 4. Althoug ...more
Holy cow! I never expected to love this book. I'm not a sports person let alone a hockey person. Thanks to my Goodreads friends I took a chance on it. I'm so glad I did! 5 Stars for Beartown! This book grabbed me from the very beginning and never let go. Bang bang bang is still in my head!
Beartown is about a declining small town in Sweden that revolves around it's hockey team. There are so many characters in this book, including current hockey playe ...more
In Beartown, one thing, and only one thing is important ... their hockey team. The players are obsessed! The parents are obsessed! The residents are obsessed! Lives revolve around hockey, and if you don’t tow the line, there are plenty of buses to be thrown under. Only one result matters no matter what the cost, “WIN!!!”
The town is unfortunately a depressed, forgotten, in the m ...more
Welcome to the poor side of town. BEARTOWN is way out yonder in the middle of a forest where winter temperatures reach sub-zero and hockey is the name of the game for its struggling residents.
You don't have to be a hockey fan, or sports fan for that matter, to read BEARTOWN, you only have to (once again) sit back and enjoy the superb and addictive story telling of Fredrik Backman.
So get ready.....there's a whole gang of characters who each have their own personal storie...more
After the constant battering my heart and soul received, and the injustice of the story enveloped my mind, and the bleakness of it all was brought forth, woven in with moments of heartwarming tenderness and laughter, it was that above quote that finally broke me and I couldn’t stop crying.
I don’t know whether to expand on the synopsis or let readers discover its impact on their own.
There isn’t muc ...more
Well it turns out that Backman is no One Trick Pony, and he has a lot to write about besides quirky difficult cha ...more
Beartown is about friendship, loyalty, family, and, loss. It’s about a town that’s fighting to stay alive. It’s about a girl who is wronged, and the boy who commits the wrong. It’s about a town that becomes divided over what’s right and wrong, good vs. evil, and the blurred lines in between. It’s about those little things that people do, but aren’t always seen. It's about the bravest people who break away from the pack to do ...more
Hockey games are not just the games for town’s people regardless race, age, gender, culture, beliefs, classes help them to feel the joy and togetherness by chanting, sc ...more
First of all, let me get this out of the way right off the bat since I know I’m in the minority here. I rated Beartown 3.5 stars and am rounding down rather th ...more
I had very high expectations going into this one, and while they were met, I was completely surprised by the way this story went.
Turns out I really didn't know what was going to happen, which meant I was constantly shocked.
Beartown is a hockey town first and foremost. If you don't like hockey, don't live here. Or at the very least keep your mouth shut about disliking it. Full of colourful characters, ones I loved (Kira, Peter, Maya ...more
Well I was born in a small town
And I can breathe in a small town
Gonna die in this small town
And that's prob'ly where they'll bury me
-- John Cougar Mellencamp
Beartown is a small town in Sweden, the kind of small town where people are born there, live there and die there, generation after generation. Beartown is, among other things, all about hockey. The lives of those who inhabit this small town are lived around the games, the practices, all the working out in-between. Wha ...more