Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group ...more
Good news: This amazing is about to be adapted in Swedish series. And fingers crossed, I hope Netflix buys this limited series so we may enjoy them!
This is one of my favorite, highly recommended fiction novels of 2020!
I think my vocabulary is so limited to express how this bo ...more
This book got me in the feels.
I could tell you that this book is a closed room mystery about a bank robbery gone wrong or that it is about "idiots" or that it is about human spirit and human frailty but none of those pieces would come close to describing the impact that ...more
5 Powerful Stars
“Anxious People” is a thought provoking, heart-wrenching, comical novel that leaves you in wonderment. It’s Fredrik Backman at his best. At its heart, this book deals with human connection and the impact people have on each other. It showcases Mr. Backman’s talent in an entirely new way and it is an ...more
Thought-provoking, heartbreaking but amusing. It is a perfect mix of tragic and hilarious, believable and absurd. The whimsical & humorous writing style about real subjects like suicide, depression made this story remarkable.
God doesn't protect people from knives, sweetheart. That's why God gave us other people, so we can protect each other.
Sweet Story ...more
This will definitely be a top 10 book for me this year!!
I have now read all of Mr. Bachman’s books and have enjoyed them all. This book had me engaged from the very beginning.
There are a handful of characters and they are all well developed. He is a genius when it comes to portraying people, their emotions, their habits, their “quirkiness”.
This book reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. Ther ...more
So now, watch me call a ...more
this message is the heart of this story.
‘…we all have this in common, yet most of us remain strangers, we never know what we do to each other, how your life is affected by mine. when this day is over and the night takes us, allow yourself a deep breath. because we made it through another day.’
and this is the heart of us readers.
this is a story that will speak to everyone who picks it up - from the anxious to the confident, from the broken t ...more
there's a new sheriff in town. well, i guess that kind of depends on what you're in the market for. but this book came to me at the perfect place and time in my life. and something about that kind of serendipity makes this the superior book to me.
you see, i was perusing the aisles of target, as one does. and i was looking for something that i had a. never read before and b. actually had interest in reading. and among the popular fiction, i found something to fit the bill. this ...more
I am definitely in the minority on this and I am very aware of that...all I can say is, Backman can really write (although I already knew that). And he can really write people. Which I also knew...
The problem was I just didn't actually like any of the people here. Or the plot.
Now, I'm not saying I always have to like all the people in a story to like the story itself. But when I not only dislike the people, but think they are completely obnoxious? And I think the plot is ridiculous ...more
I was anxious to read this book, good anxious, as in I couldn’t wait to read it. Fredrik Backman has been on my list of favorite authors since I read A Man Called Ove several years ago. I’ve have read all of his published books and I loved all of them. But when I started reading this one, I became anxious in another way. I was anxious because I thought I was going to end up not liking the book. It’s kind of a quirky story, bizarre at times. The narrator even says , “The whole thing is a ...more
tw: suicide, death of a loved one, depression, suicidal thoughts
•The way this book talks about anxiety and depression just rea ...more
This is a story about a bank robbery, an apartment viewing, and a hostage drama. But even more it’s a story about idiots. But perhaps not only that.
I love each of the characters so damn much. They just stole my heart. This book is funny, sad, hopeful.... There is suicide. There is everything. I marked many pages. The ...more
I could only assume the book was about me and my people 😁. In all seriousness, though, it is appropriate title because it is a character study and a character driven mystery. As you learn about the people along the way, you might learn a little bit about yourself.
I love the way that Backman writes. He only has one book that I did not completely adore (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry). I am excited every time I see a new book is out from him and I ...more
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His stories ... in the most raw sense of ...more
Once again, Backman wrote a story that captivated me, made me think, made me cry, and reminded me to give people room to be imperfect, because we're all trying.
Unfortunately, there were things that didn't work for me in this one too. Sometimes, the conversations felt forced, the ending was crazy clean (unrealistically so), and the big "thing" didn't work for me (view spoiler)[ If Backman had just done the whole "only calling the bank robber 'bank robber'" thing and nothing else, that would h ...more
I didn't want this to end so I read it a second time and some parts more than that, and I'm sad that it's time to call time, but it is.
This is a the story of a bank robber who, oops, tries to rob a cashless bank then panics, runs across the street and right into a realtor's apartment viewing, panicking even more and taking everyone there hostage. The opening sentence of "Beartown" is one of my favorite opening sentences of all time. The opening paragraph of "Anxious Peopl ...more
The author tries too hard to be witty and quirky with a "deep message", but is neither funny or appealing. He uses an abundance of similes such as comparing children to kites (you hold on tight but the wind carries them off anyway) and fog is "like someone setting fire to ghosts" (has he actually set fire to one to know what it looks like?). My eyes were rolling. The witnesses to a bank robbery exhibit unrealistic and weird behavior (which is supposed to be quirky?). The 3rd person P ...more
The story is about, yes, a few idiots who got in a weird situation while checking out an apartment (for that matter a not-so-functional cheap one). An idiotic bank robbery attempt with the bank robber ending up w ...more
The Written Review
Just released my Top 10 Books from 2020 BookTube Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”Oh my gosh.
Like most Backman books at this point...I'm at a complete loss regarding how to tell you that this book is, quite frankly, the best thing I've read all year.
I'm just overwhelmed by the sheer goodness of this book...and if I were to try ...more
OK, so according to the author, this book is about a botched bank robbery, an apartment open house, and a hostage situation. That’s it. And most everyone in the story is an idiot. Again, author’s words. Does this sound like a must-read to you? No? It certainly doesn’t to me either. But I read it because I have faith in said author to deliver a great story no matter how boring the premise. Did I like it? Yes, I did. I actually loved it. And I loved it enough to put it in my potential “best ...more
“This story is about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you can forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”
Jack is having a really bad day. A police officer, he’s investigating a bank robbery that wasn’t a robbery, that led to a hostage situation and a missing perpetrator. The witness interviews all have a sense of “who’s on first?” to them. Well, his ...more
It's also a story of a hostage drama, in an Apartment Viewing.
And, it's a story about idiots. (Author’s words!)
Now Picture Abbott and Costello as a father and son Police duo, in a small town-
First they have to "google" what to do in a hostage situation
AND then they have to INTERVIEW the hostages after they are released to try to determine how the bank robber, turned hostage taker, managed to get away...
and why the hostages turned witnesses are so ...more
I really enjoyed the first chapters and the build up of what was happening with the hostage situation in the apartment complex. I did struggle as the book progressed and some parts were so silly to me that I couldn't imagine how this book was going to come together to make any sense, but in the end it does. You have to be quite a talen ...more
"Worst hostages ever."
A bank robbery that never becomes a bank robbery. A hostage situation that might not be a hostage situation. Yet, there is intent, a mask, and a gun involved.
Eight stranger's anxieties that are all in one apartment viewing when a masked individual walks in, a suicide, a psychologist, and two cops trying to get to the bottom of it all, becomes the perfect mixture for a good novel.
Surprisingly funny and sad with moments of revelation is what Anxious People delivers t ...more
Many thanks to Ariele at Atria Books for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Another thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for an honest review
"That’s the power of literature, you know. It can act like little love letters who can only explain their feelings by pointing at other people’s.
That quote is gold. This quote is basically book reviewing in a nutshell. Instead of putting my feelings into words, I'm just like.
So, what's this ...more
House Tricks Real Estate Agency Open House - One crazy day before New Years Eve.
Anxious People initially is about a desperate, inept bank robber who ends up hiding out at an apartment open house....waving a gun....amidst a really diverse group of strange and idiotic characters. A hostage situation thus ensues.
Then, a bumbling police team arrive at the scene....and not knowing what to do or say, decide to handle the s...more
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