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Scener ur hjärtat

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,380 ratings  ·  424 reviews
Den här historien handlar om mig och min familj och den kris som drabbade oss. Men det är framförallt en berättelse om krisen som omger oss alla. Kanske handlar den om utbrända människor på en utbränd planet där väder, vind och vardag ökar i styrka för varje dag. Att hålla ihop som människor och att hitta hållbarhet, det är hjärtat i denna bok. /Malena Ernman
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 2018 by Bokförlaget Polaris
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Greta Thunberg is one of the people I most admire and so when I saw this book on Overdrive with her name first on the cover, I assumed she wrote it and that it was about climate change. It would be a book full of facts and maybe contain a bit about herself as well.

I couldn't have been more wrong. The book is actually written by her mother Malena Ernman and though there are a few climate change facts sprinkled throughout, the book is largely about their family...... especially her. I
Rebecca McNutt
Oh-kay... I'm going to be very careful with this one, because after reviewing No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, the backlash was bad and I'd rather avoid all that mess, but I do always review what I read, but I also don't want another mess of angry people on my hands. I will not leave any star rating for Our House is on Fire, so as not to piss off anybody who feels that this book is the holy grail of philosophical wisdom, and I'll keep my opinions on global cooling global warming climate ...more
Hákon Gunnarsson
I admire Greta Thunberg. She’s young, but she’s got guts. Her “School strike for climate“ has gained a lot of momentum since I saw the first news of her probably about a year ago, and hopefully it will help.

When I started to read this book, I thought it was going to be a environmental book, and it is, but it is a little more than that. It’s a memoir, not just Greta’s, but her family’s. As far as I understand, all the family contributed to this book, but Greta’s mother, the opera singer Malena E
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I was invited to review this via NetGalley from the publishers Penguin!

I knew a lot about Greta Thunberg from seeing her speeches and her school strikes for the climate. However, not so much about her family and their lives in Sweden. This memoir written by Greta and her family discusses not just environmental thoughts, but also the education system and the stigmas of women and girls not being tested for Autism/ADD/ADHD and having treatment for eating disorders. It was an interesting and informa
Interesting cross between memoir and discussion of societal issues.
- Aspergers, ADHD, sensory processing sensitivity
- societal lack of awareness and capability regarding mental health
- climate change, activism
Feb 23, 2020 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition

Greta, aged 4, was already delivering shade hee

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May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Devastated. Climate change is a crisis and change needs to happen.
Bought this book at lunch time today, sat down to have a brief look and have now finished it with plenty of oh shit moments, tears and shock.
Right now I don’t really know what to do with myself except to reflect on the choices I make.
They are calling to action and if we want to have a future then this is the time.
Lin Koujo
It is sadder that a teenage rebellion became a family's philosophy, and that instead of teaching their daughter healthy coping mechanisms, this mother, who appears to be vicariously living through her daughter, encouraged obsessive, spoiled behavior and a disrespectful attitude towards anyone who isn't as radical as she is. This book is not really about climate change. It's about how to breed disturbing behavior and how to encourage radical behavior. Greta seems to have it out for anyone who isn ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ming Wei
Brilliant book, Important book, very interesting, will look for more book from the author Greta Thumberg, well written, no publication errors. Really enjoyed it.
Karen Whittard
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a happy family whose life suddenly fell apart, never to be the same again. Of two devoted parents plunged into a waking nightmare as their eleven-year-old daughter Greta stopped speaking and eating, and her younger sister struggled to cope.

They desperately searched for answers, and began to see how their children's suffering reached far beyond medical diagnoses. This crisis was not theirs alone: they were burned-out people on a burned-out planet. And so they decided to act.

Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book describes the life of climate activist Greta Thunberg and her family before she rose to fame. While her famous climate strike was only in planning by the time the book was published, it's clear that Greta was a fierce environmentalist long before her international recognition. The book recounts Greta's struggle with bullying and psychological issues during childhood and it does so from the very loving and sensitive perspective of her mother. It's sad and funny at the same time and you ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is very important, and it’s also a real story of a real family so I won’t review the story itself.
That being said i did not like this book, I found it very repetitive and honestly not helpful. I just didn’t gain anything from this, no knowledge and especially not any suggestions on what to do..
Gergely Csanda
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David S Williams
Mar 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The biography of a drama queen

The author turns the climate crisis into a vehicle for her own ego, parading her hyper-sensitivity and self-regard on every page. Badly written, hard to read, self-indulgent.
Boglarka Caup
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a must read book!
Emma Andersson
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. It truly shows that the time to act is now. I am moved by Greta Thunberg's family. Their life hasn't been easy. It shows that society doesn't include everybody. Some are forgotten and have to "fit in", although society should make space for them. The climate crisis is ignored. In "Scener ur hjärtat" Malena Ernman describes what is happening, and why it is happening. Most importantly she writes about us, the people, who should wake up and do something. Now.
Alina Aarnio
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book every student should have to read at school, instead of the same old boring ones. It is an eye-opening novel that is not pleasant to read, it made me very anxious at some parts, but that is what makes it so important. I have admired Greta for a long time now, but I appreciate her and her family even more now after reading this book, I had no idea how much they have actually been through.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Our House Is On Fire was first published in August 2018, a few days before Greta Thunberg sat down outside the Swedish Parliament and began a solitary school strike to bring attention to the global climate crisis. However as a reprint, this particular edition includes an addendum of sorts.

It’s written with the cooperation of the entire family, Greta, her younger sister, Beata, and their father, Svante, but told through their mother’s, Marlena, perspective.

“We had to write about this because we a
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thunberg - Ernman family story, told thought the eyes of Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg's mother. Even though I expected to learn more about climate, Fridays for Future or even about Greta than I did, it does offer some interesting insights on family and mental health.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The fact that our purely existential challenges are still being reduced to party politics is absurd." This. So much this.
Ryan Mizzen
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible book by an incredible family who have overcome so much, and who have propelled the #climatecrisis into mainstream news. I have nothing but awe and respect for them. A must read book for everyone.
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Malena shares her ideology, her thoughts and beliefs both as a person, wife and mother. This is about the world, climate change, helping refugees, schooling children with neurological conditions and various other topics of interest to her.

Yes she has a famous daughter, but Malena herself has travelled the world and is successful in her own right as an opera singer.

This is her story, about how she struggled to balance work and being there for both her daughters who have their own neurological con
Tânia Sequinho
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tânia by: Paula
It's a book everyone should read but that could have still more information on it. We end the book wanting to do more to protect our planet and reduce our C02 impact and craving for ways to do it, real guidelines, tips, ways to follow. But this is not a book that will tell you that. It will shake you and make you realise the importance of it and bring awareness to other issues in our society too, but if you're looking for a book of ways to reduce your impact, this is not the one. Either way, rea ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Progressives and those on the fence
1: This is a book about Greta Thunberg's journey from little girl to international celebrity.
B: This is a book about a family struggling with Autism, OCD, ADHD and related conditions
iii: This is a book about how pervasive dysfunction in in the biosphere manifests in small-scale constructs of the system: human families.

The book is written as a series of sort 'scenes,' each of which could read and pondered separately, but which contain overarching stories and themes. IN fact, I read excerpts of th
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: climate-change
This book has left me shocked -
by how little i actually know about the climate crisis we're currently facing; by the lack of political action by parties that are constantly focused on growth - bigger, faster, more more more; by the fact that if we continue living as though there is no crisis, then in 16 years, 355 days, 22 minutes and 16 seconds, it will be too late and we would have failed to achieve the 2 degree target set by the Paris Agreement - leading to catastrophic disaster.

Before this
Judy Frey
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is extremely interesting reading, but not necessarily easy. It’s about Greta Thunberg often but not only about her. It’s written by her mother, Malena Ernman. She’s an internationally famous opera singer, which I hadn’t ever known. I had trouble at first with her writing. She seemed to jump from topic to topic ; it seemed somewhat disjointed. But the start of the book is basically more about family crisis than environmental crisis. She and her two daughters have a number of significant diag ...more
This book delves in to the life of climate activist Greta Thunberg before her school climate strikes gained momentum and before she became a household name across the globe.

We follow her family's struggle when Great stopped speaking and eating as a child and how their lives forever changed.

This story details a number of tough subjects such as eating/psychological disorders, bullying, and of course - climate change. 

This is an eye-opening novel that at times, could be difficult to read as it exp
Pille-Riin Lillepalu
Okay, its not a literary miracle, but it opens up Greta's family's journey into climate activism and obstacles (or odds, maybe?) they've had. What I really like is that this book and Greta Thunberg is a proof that any kind of diagnosis is not something that hinders one's goals and ambitions but it can actually help to achieve a lot. It should be an obligatory reading for anyone who has contact with asperger's, autism or any other kind of social "abnormality". Estonian translation has also got a ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We don't have time to separate what has true meaning from all that is constantly distracting us, so everything just continues."

I love the way this book weaves the climate crisis into a family's day to day life. It makes clear that drastic change is necessary while honestly addressing how difficult it can be to make personal choices. Most of all I appreciate that it doesn't treat climate change as an issue independent of other societal problems.

I found it insightful and inspiring and would reco
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