Us Against You
Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did.
Have you ever seen a town rise? Ours did that, too.
A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to to/>Have/>Have ...more
If Fredrik Backman takes our Benji away, he needs to write an entire novel for us about Benji's life during those 10 years. (less) (hide spoiler)]
Some of my favorite people, live in one of the most memorable of towns and they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Most however, wear their hearts on their jerseys. Their Hockey Jerseys that is. They used to be all the same. Then something happened. Something bad. And now Beartown and all of its residents are divided. Now it’s Bear v. Bull: Beartown v. Hed. And their hearts, as well as ours have been torn apart. “Us Against You.”
Peter Andersso ...more
Have you ever loved a book so much you think your heart might explode? That's precisely what I feel might happen each time I pick up a Backman novel set in the world of Beartown. The style of writing is wholly his own, but the ...more
Then he pulled . . .
Then he pulled harder . . .
And, now, I am a blubbering mess!
This is a more than worthy sequel for the fantastic novel, Beartown. If you are looking for a duology that IS humanity and IS characters, this is it! Storytelling, storytelling, did I mention STORYTELLING! Welcome to about 50 different lives – not all of whom you will agree with, but in the end you will likely sympathize or empathize with.
I have had some great experiences with Backman. My last on ...more
When winter comes to Beartown and Hed....everyone talks about Hockey. Some people support the red team - others the green team. Both teams have had their share of wins.
I thought “Beartown” was *exceptional* - Backman’s darkest most complex book — It had ‘everything’: incredible stories about each of the ...more
Us Against You is the emotionally charged sequel to Beartown. Hockey still rules, but emotions are high, the town is falling apart, new friendships are formed and new enemies are made. There’s also a new coach, a new villain, and a new love connection. Secrets are exposed, friendships crumble, and sadly some characters don’t survive. Most significantly, hatred has spread its ugly wings leading to horrible consequences. But in the end, love conquers.
I just finished re ...more
While I did love the characters in this book, I only think that's the case because I got to know them so well in the first book, Beartown, which I gave a glowing five-star review to. In Beartown, the book seemingly dragged for 60 pag ...more
A sullen, yet optimistic examination of a town suffering an identity crisis and the residents who must learn to adjust to a new normal-
While many of us became fans of Fredrik Backman because of his unique ability to weave whimisical stories, featuring quirky, but loveable characters. This method of presentation often softened the darker tones. With Beartown, however, Backman didn’t sugarcoat the darker elements and created a ...more
Beartown is a hockey town by a forest in Sweden, but that won’t tell you much unless you know what it means to be a hockey town where lives are dominated by the sport and the thought of losing the team is devastating to so many. In “Beartown”, Backman says: “Why does anyone care about hockey?...Because it tells stories. " Indeed it tells stories once again in this sequel. This town feels familiar - the place in the forest, this hockey town , a community of parents and children still reeling from ...more
Frederick Backman's Beartown (see my review) was probably the best or second-best book I read last year. This story of a Swedish town that is literally obsessed with hockey, and which face ...more
fredrik backman is one of the most talented storytellers i have ever read and this book is proof. there is so much strength and power in his writing. his words are so rich and full, that i can only read so much at a time because there is ju ...more
I have read all of Fredrik Backman’s books and Beartown was probably my favorite. I know I’m in the minority here but “Us Against You” just didn’t elicit the same emotions for me, it was a bit of a disappointment. After I read Beartown I felt as though it was complete story and so I was a little surprised that the author chose to revisit the town again.
The first 30% of the book dealt pretty much with getting the reader caught up with the characters from Bea ...more
I fell in love with Beartown last year by Backman and had the highest expectations for Us Against You. Well.. ..my friends I have to tell you... don't worry your pretty little heads because Backman delivers exceptionally well ONCE again.
Backman delivers a raw and beautifully well executed novel that makes you feel vulnerable in ways you can't imagine! Oh my gosh.... I was a sobbing mess with a SEVERE case of goosebumps upon the final page of this boo ...more
I hadn’t read Beartown, so the beginning of this book threw me because I didn’t realize it was the second in a series. Once I got into the characters that make up the town and the hockey team that the town revolves around, it stood on its own just fine. For much of the last fifth of this novel, I had tears in my eyes. ...more
After everything that happened in Beartown, Maya, Benji, Amat, and all the other characters we grew to know, attempt to move forward, which often times (as in this case), is easier said than done.
”...this summer he learns that 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 w ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed my return to Beartown in this sequel. I didn't love it quite as much as the first book, but I loved seeing all my favourite characters again - Benji, Ana, Maya, Peter, Kira, Leo, Ramona, Sune and so many more.
Beartown is reeling after the events of book 1. Violence is still rife, and the hatred between Beartown and its neigh ...more
No hockey in BEARTOWN? It just can't be!
We all know hockey is an addiction in this small failing community....the only thing really, except for snow, icy roads and a thick (sometimes dangerous) forest where one can hide....or discover secrets. It's still a hard life hereabouts....harder for some after the scandal....it affected so many....some took their revenge....others are still hurting....and some so burned with hatred, they now turn to violence.
In the sequel, US AGAINST YOU Fredrik Backman delves way down deep into theviolence.InStars ...more
”In his final season, on his final night
Buddy and a Finn goon were pegged for a fight
Thirty seconds left, the puck took a roll
And suddenly Buddy had a shot on goal
“The goalie committed, Buddy picked his spot
Twenty years of waiting went into that shot
The fans jumped up, the Finn jumped too
And coldcocked Buddy on his follow through
The big man crumbled but he felt all right
'Cause the last thing he saw
Backman’s US AGAINST YOU is a terrific sequel. For me, not as good, but a wonderful audiobook to listen to. Great small-town storytelling, controversial subjects which were handled very well, and exceptional in-depth character analysis. Quite an emotional book. I enjoyed revisiting characters from the first book.
What did I miss? ...more
Old characters reappear and new characters are introduced in this book, the follow-up to last year's phenomenal hit, Beartown. There's drama, marital difficulties, bullying, rivalries, political machinations, and heartbreak. This book may not have the impact of Beartown but fans will have much to enjoy with this new novel. Backman excels at insights into human nature and writing characters that are easy to care for.
The writing is beautiful with excellent character development. Many p ...more
What I liked most were the people who stood by one another. Through ...more
Beartown was one of my favorite books of 2017 and so it comes as no surprise that book two in the Swedish hockey town trilogy was highly anticipated and it didn't disappoint. Like its predecessor, I was hooked from the very beginning. The little town thought that the worst had already happened but it seems fate isn't done with them yet. For maximum enjoyment I would encourage future readers to read Beartown first to fully understand the characters ...more
Us Against You continues to delve into the lives of some of Beartown’s inhabitants. We are acquainted with many of them from his previous novel, Beartown (also known as Scandal in other countries).
Again, at the centre of this novel we have the Beartown Hockey Team manager – Peter Andersson, his lawyer wife, Kira, their kids, Maya, 16 and Leo, 12. What h/>Us ...more
my soul?? is shattered??
my goodness, this book, the writing, the characters, the development, the pain, the ending.
backman is an absolute writing legend.
what could i possibly say about this book that hasn't been said?? literally nothing bc im an incoherent, blubbering mess right now
damn, i'm emotional and i'm so invested in this strange, wayward, town and its inhabitants that just //are//
That's when the energy comes
And the dark side's light
And the vampires roam
You strut your rasta wear
And your suicide poem
And a cross from a faith
That died before Jesus came
You're building a mystery
Take a look around. It is easy to see that this story is a big hit with readers. And it is easy to see why. It is after all, a great human interest tale that is very well told.
So why the middle of the road rati ...more
Contributed by Jacob:
As a Swede I can confirm the entire structure of organized team sports is very different to American.
There is indeed a professional adult league in Sweden, which is organized into multiple tiers (divisions) based on historic performance. Salaries vary but on the highest levels it's similar to what a regular 9-5 job would pay, more for the top players. Players ...more
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