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July 2017 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

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Sorry for the late post - I have been busy.

The scheduled for July:
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Date Pages Chapter #pages
Sat 1-Jul P 5 - 16 Ch 1 - 3 (12)
Sun 2-Jul P 17 - 25 Ch 4 (9)
Mon 3-Jul P 26 - 35 Ch 5 10)
Tue 4-Jul Happy Labor Day
Wed 5-Jul P 66 - 75 Ch 6 (9)
Thu 6-Jul P 45 - 56 Ch 7 -8 (14)
Fri 7-Jul P 57 - 66 Ch 9 (10)
Sat 8-Jul P 67 - 81 Ch 10 - 11 (14)
Sun 9-Jul P 82 - 93 Ch 12 - 13 (12)
Mon 10-Jul P 94 - 102 Ch 14 (9)
Tue 11-Jul P 103 - 110 Ch 15 (9)
Wed 12-Jul P 111 - 125 Ch 16 - 17 (15)
Thu 13-Jul P 126 - 134 Ch 18 (9)
Fri 14-Jul P 135 - 147 Ch 19 - 20 (13)
Sat 15-Jul P 148 - 158 Ch 21 (11)
Sun 16-Jul P 159 - 171 Ch 22 - 23 (13)
Mon 17-Jul P 172 - 182 Ch 24 - 25 (11)
Tue 18-Jul P 183 - 198 Ch 26 -27 (16)
Wed 19-Jul P 199 - 208 Ch 28 -29 (10)
Thu 20-Jul P 209 - 222 Ch 30 - 31 (14)
Fri 21-Jul P 223 - 236 Ch 32 - 33 (14)
Sat 22-Jul P 237 - 246 Ch 34 - 35 (10)
Sun 23-Jul P 247 - 259 Ch 36 - 37 (13)
Mon 24-Jul P 260 - 276 Ch 38 - 39 (17)
Tue 25-Jul P 277 - 285 Ch 40 (9)
Wed 26-Jul P 286 - 300 Ch 41 - 42 (16)
Thu 27-Jul P 301 - 311 Ch 43 (11)
Fri 28-Jul P 312 - 322 Ch 44 (11)
Sat 29-Jul P 323 - 336 Ch 45 - 46 (14)
Sun 30-Jul P 337 - 345 Ch 47 (9)
Mon 31-Jul P 346 - 358 h 48 0 50 (13)


message 2: by Trudy (new)

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For the 4th - I got the holiday wrong but got the date correct. I am tired.


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Today's Reading: Sat 1-Jul P 5 - 16 Ch 1 - 3 (12)


message 4: by Annie (new)

Annie | 92 comments Trudy, Thank you for the schedule! Hope you get to rest a bit over the holiday weekend.


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sat 1-Jul P 5 - 16 Ch 1 - 3 (12)"

Ch 1 – A gun in fired
Ch 2 – Kevin is the star hockey player in Beartown. He started playing at age 3 and is now 17 and a member or the Junior and A team. He practices day and night. All he cares about his hockey.
Ch 3 - Fatima lives in the poor part of town and cleans the hockey arena. She takes her son with her in the night time hours. He helps the custodian for ice time. As long as he runs the Zamboni again when he is done. He is 15 and hopes to make the Juniors next year. Peter Anderson, was the last hockey star in Beartown. He went to Canada and played in the NHL. Now he and his wife and daughter are back in Beartown and he is GM of the hockey teams.

Ch 1 – A gun in fired
Ch 2 – Kevin is the star hockey player in Beartown. He started playing at age 3 and is now 17 and a member or the Junior and A team. He practices day and night. All he cares about his hockey.
Ch 3 - Fatima lives in the poor part of town and cleans the hockey arena. She takes her son with her in the night time hours. He helps the custodian for ice time. As long as he runs the Zamboni again when he is done. He is 15 and hopes to make the Juniors next year. Peter Anderson, was the last hockey star in Beartown. He went to Canada and played in the NHL. Now he and his wife and daughter are back in Beartown and he is GM of the hockey teams.


message 6: by Annie (new)

Annie | 92 comments Ch. 1 - Backman sure knows how to grab the reader's attention. Two sentences and I need to keep reading!

Ch. 2 - The "bang-bang-bangs" had me a bit nervous after ch. 1!
Loved the note hanging on Amat's wall.

Ch. 3 - Foreshadowing: Maya's mom, "You can't live in this town, Maya, you can only survive it."
Neither of them has any idea just how true that is.


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Today's Reading: Sun 2-Jul P 17 - 25 Ch 4 (9)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sun 2-Jul P 17 - 25 Ch 4 (9)"

The council for the hockey team is at the rink and is waiting for the GM Peter, he is late. At home his wife demeans him and doesn’t think his job is important. His daughter’s best friend stays at their house more than at her own and makes a mess of the kitchen. The council want to fire Sune and wants Peter to do it. Sune is Peter’s mentor, coach of the A team, and not to mention his father figure. He is late for the meeting.


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Today's Reading: Mon 3-Jul P 26 - 35 Ch 5 (10)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Mon 3-Jul P 26 - 35 Ch 5 (10)"

Sune was outside when the president was coming out. He knew they were going to have Peter fire him. He had given his whole life to that club, he has found three stars and now the stars are taking over and he is out. He has nothing else to live for, no family. Kira, Peter’s wife hates hockey because she loves Peter and sees what it does to him. He threw up that morning so anxious for the game the following day.


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Today's Reading: Wed 5-Jul P 66 - 75 Ch 6 (9)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Wed 5-Jul P 66 - 75 Ch 6 (9)"

David, who is 32, is the Juniors coach that Sune found when he was injured and couldn’t play anymore. He along with the rest of the men in town things that hockey Is the most important thing in the world. His girlfriend doesn’t understand. He is thinking about the big game the next day and goes inside the bathroom and throws up.
Benji is on the Juniors team with Kevin and is Kevin’s best friend and protector on the ice. He sees the other team going after Kevin and takes them down. He is a fighter. He smokes pot and is not afraid of being kicked off the team because they need him to protect Kevin.


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Today's Reading: Thu 6-Jul P 45 - 56 Ch 7 -8 (14)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Thu 6-Jul P 45 - 56 Ch 7 -8 (14)"

Amat is made fun of at school by the hockey team bullies. One day he will be on that team but he (and his friends) don’t think his friend will go much further in hockey. Sune sees something in him.
Sune and David have different philosophies in life. Sune doesn’t want to promote people before their time. David just wants to win. Back when Peter was a star, there was another boy who was better than Peter. Robbie was brought up early. He wasn’t ready and got destroyed. After a time, he was afraid of being hurt and would shoot into the board rather that getting hurt. David was in his office watching a game of the upcoming opponents knowing that they are going to get killed because they don’t have the speed they need. Sune was in his office watching the same game. When David went to the bathroom to throw up again, Sune, discretely, put a yellow sticky on David’s monitor that said “Amat. Boy’s team. Fast!!!”


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Today's Reading: Fri 7-Jul P 57 - 66 Ch 9 (10)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 7-Jul P 57 - 66 Ch 9 (10)"

Peter got to work and had to meet the club owner. He got the directive to fire Sune. They figure if the Juniors win the following day, David will get the job but if they don’t they will hire someone from outside. This whole thing has gotten Peter thinking. He and Kira lost a son when he was an infant. They have their daughter and then son but you never really get over a child that was lost.


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Today's Reading: Sat 8-Jul P 67 - 81 Ch 10 - 11 (14)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sat 8-Jul P 67 - 81 Ch 10 - 11 (14)"

Maya remembers how she met her best friend Ana. She was about 6 and was skating on the ice. She went through and Ana saved her. Ana was different, he hunted and fished. She liked that Ana was different. All Ana wanted these says ws to be normal, Maya doesn’t like that.
David was in the stand watching Amat skate with his team. Amat’s fear is that when David move to A-Team that Lars, his current coach, will take over the juniors. He doesn’t like Lars. David approaches Amat after his practice and tells his to suit up for practice with the Juniors.


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Today's Reading: Sun 9-Jul P 82 - 93 Ch 12 - 13 (12)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sun 9-Jul P 82 - 93 Ch 12 - 13 (12)"

Kira calls Peter throughout the day to remind him to do things because she loves him and is afraid of losing him. Amat is in the locker room with the Juniors. Bobo makes fun of him and the fact his mom cleans up after them. On the Ice, both Sune and Peter notice Amat. Sune goes back to his office to clean it out. Peter shows Fatima that her son is warming up with the Juniors.
Amat is set as an example and a whipping boy. He is beaten and abused to make the other boys feel more confident. This is David method of training. It is just plain sick. Amat gets one over on Bobo – he is ecstatic, he gets to play the next day (if he can stand).


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Today's Reading: Mon 10-Jul P 94 - 102 Ch 14 (9)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Mon 10-Jul P 94 - 102 Ch 14 (9)"

It is the morning of the big game. Peter drops the car off at the mechanics (Bobo’s dad’s shop), Bobo is going to work on it. Peter heads over to the pub in town where the rough crown in Beartown is catered to. The owner of the put is the unofficial psychiatrist of the town. Maya is feeling sick but won’t miss the game that night. Kira is getting Leo’s stuff ready for his practice, she will cart him to practice and then cleanup for him. Show observes that Myra has a fever. Kevin’s father doesn’t think he should have to go to Kevin’s game because his company sponsor’s the team.


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Today's Reading: Tue 11-Jul P 103 - 110 Ch 15 (9)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 11-Jul P 103 - 110 Ch 15 (9)"

Benji’s father shot himself 15 years earlier. He gets together with his sisters on that day every year to commiserate. He doesn’t care how often people tell him it’s not, he knows it was his fault. Kevin’s parents are leaving for Madrid and won’t be there for his big game, the semi-finals. They will be playing golf. Benji shows up to alleviate Kevin’s loneliness and they head into the rink for the big game. Amat sees Maya at the cafeteria and tried to ask her out after the game but Kevin shows up and asks first. Amat is left alone in the corridor.


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Today's Reading: Wed 12-Jul P 111 - 125 Ch 16 - 17 (15)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Wed 12-Jul P 111 - 125 Ch 16 - 17 (15)"

Everyone is at the rink and ready for the game. Pep talks are given, the boys are joking around. Everyone is nervous but they have confidence in the team.


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Today's Reading: Thu 13-Jul P 126 - 134 Ch 18 (9)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Thu 13-Jul P 126 - 134 Ch 18 (9)"

The game is played, Kevin get the first goal in the first minute. Then the other team finds him and won’t let him be. Lyt gets an accidental assist by getting the puck to Kevin to get the goal to tie the game. He is out and David let’s Amat play. David wants Amat to show the other team how fast he is. Finally the opposing team had to take one of the players off Kevin and that is the chance they need. Amat gets the puck to Kevin and he scores. They game is over, they win 3-2.


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Today's Reading: Fri 14-Jul P 135 - 147 Ch 19 - 20 (13)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 14-Jul P 135 - 147 Ch 19 - 20 (13)"

The game is over, everyone is meeting and congratulations are given in the parking lot. Peter finds Amat in the locker room cleaning up. He doesn’t want Peter to tell his mom. Peter tells him to go out to the parking lot and celebrate – he deserves it. Peter goes to his office and the sponsors are there, he had words with David.
The after party is at Kevin’s as his parents are out of town. He and Benji are out back as they party rages inside. Maya and Ana show up. Kevin is happy that Maya shows up but Benji takes that as his queue to leave. Kevin is afraid of loneliness but Benji embraces it.


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Today's Reading: Sat 15-Jul P 148 - 158 Ch 21 (11)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sat 15-Jul P 148 - 158 Ch 21 (11)"

Kevin goes into the house and starts drinking shots. He invites Maya over and she starts drinking also. They are having a good time. Meanwhile, Benji steals a Moped and goes to Hed to his sister’s bar. He befriends the bass player from the band. Meanwhile, back at the party, Lyt dares Kevin that he can’t get into Maya pants. Kevin says he can and takes her upstairs. She doesn’t want to have sex, she tries to stop him and he rapes her.


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Today's Reading: Sun 16-Jul P 159 - 171 Ch 22 - 23 (13)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sun 16-Jul P 159 - 171 Ch 22 - 23 (13)"

Ana is looking for Maya. The other girls in the kitchen laugh at her and call her names. She is mad at Maya for abandoning her. She turns off her phone and leave, who cares about Maya. Maya is counting on Ana to save her. Ana sees Amat outside and tells him that Maya is with Kevin. He breaks into Kevin’s room and that surprise is what Maya needs to get away from Kevin. She punches him as hard as she can and runs with ripped and stained clothing. When Amat goes after her, she says she can’t do anything, after all, this is hockey town. She stumbles off into woods. Benji, with his sister, sees Maya in the woods and leaving her as he knows how it feels to be hiding and not want to be found.
The next morning, Maya’s parents are happy and laughing. Benji is ignoring his phone which is Kevin calling. Ana ignores her phone when Maya calls. Maya ignores her phone when Amat calls. Benji’s sister tells him to answer the phone, he goes over to Kevin. Kevin yells at him for not being there when he needs him. Benji asks what happened the night before Kevin doesn’t answer and kicks Benji out. Maya, cleans her clothes and throws away the torn blouse. She acts more like the guilty rather than the victim.


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Today's Reading: Mon 17-Jul P 172 - 182 Ch 24 - 25 (11)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Mon 17-Jul P 172 - 182 Ch 24 - 25 (11)"

The alarm is going off Monday morning at the school. They call a teacher instead of the police. Jeanette find Benji passed out in one of the classrooms. He is hungover and doesn’t remember the night before. She sends him to the lockers to shower. Basically these chapters show that the parents don’t really want to know what happened and that when the kids need them the most, they don’t know what to do. Maya tells her mom she is ill and burns the blouse that was ripped when her mom leaves. Kevin’s mom finds the sheets in the wash and buttons on the floor of his room. Kevin finds Lyt and walks to school with him. Lyt is in heaven thinking he is now Kevin’s best friend. Amat sees his best friend and tried to take to him, they get bullied, Bobo comes in a saves them. Amat thanks him but his friend doesn’t appreciate the interference. Benji sees Kevin in the bathroom and knows Kevin never uses the bathroom at school is surprised. Kevin walks by him without looking at him. Benji leaves school.


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Today's Reading: Tue 18-Jul P 183 - 198 Ch 26 -27 (16)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 18-Jul P 183 - 198 Ch 26 -27 (16)"

They have practice. Benji doesn’t show up. Kevin tries to tell Amat he didn’t see what he thought he saw. Amat is included in the group with Kevin, Lyt & Bobo. They go to a movie and play hockey on the lake. Amat realizes he has to stay silent to be included. Sune sees Benji and gets a dog from his sister. Peter agonizes about asking Sune to resign. Maya stays at home with a sweatshirt covering the bruises on her neck and wrists. She contemplates how many sleeping pills it would take to never wake up again. Ana sees Kevin in the woods running, he doesn’t look proud or embarrassed as many boys who slept with a girl over the weekend, he looks scared. Ana runs to Maya and the first thing she sees is the bruises.


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Today's Reading: Wed 19-Jul P 199 - 208 Ch 28 -29 (10)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Wed 19-Jul P 199 - 208 Ch 28 -29 (10)"

Ana wants Mays to tell people what happened = Maya doesn’t want to. Right now, she is the only one hurting and if she tells, everyone will hurt. Benji finds a puck on his father grave that says win. He doesn’t go to school but he does show up for practice. As the team is getting ready to leave on the but for the Finals, Maya sees some little girls playing, seeing those girls makes her decide she has to tell or something like that could happen to them.
As Peter was getting ready to leave, Kyra showed up at the house. They were saying goodbye to each other when Maya came out and told them what happened. Everything.


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Today's Reading: Thu 20-Jul P 209 - 222 Ch 30 - 31 (14)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Thu 20-Jul P 209 - 222 Ch 30 - 31 (14)"

Maya told the police what happened. They wanted to know more about what she did than what he did. They went to the rink where everyone was getting ready for the game and took Kevin. Only Amat and Benji didn’t seem surprised. Peter stood off in the distance and watched.


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Today's Reading: Fri 21-Jul P 223 - 236 Ch 32 - 33 (14)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 21-Jul P 223 - 236 Ch 32 - 33 (14)"

Benji roughs up the 4 hotshots of the other team before the game. He makes them come at him first. Amat, Bobo and Benji get the goals. They are ahead at 3-2 when the opposing team gets the last goal to tie it up. They have nothing left for overtime. Benji plays most of the 3rd period and all of overtime with a broken foot. David given them all a hockey puck that says Thank You on it. The sponsors have paid for hotel room if the team want to stay in town but they all opt to go home to find out what happened to their captain. They news hits on the way home. Ana is watching the computer waiting for the comments when the news hits. She breaks the computer.


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Today's Reading: Sat 22-Jul P 237 - 246 Ch 34 - 35 (10)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sat 22-Jul P 237 - 246 Ch 34 - 35 (10)"

The bus ride to Beartown in quiet. People are calling Maya names and berating her on the internet, she has turned off her cell phone. They finally brought Ana home saying they needed some family time. Kevin’s parent don’t want to believe their son is guilty. On Monday morning, against her mother’s advice, Maya decides to go to school.


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Today's Reading: Sun 23-Jul P 247 - 259 Ch 36 - 37 (13)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Sun 23-Jul P 247 - 259 Ch 36 - 37 (13)"

Everyone in the town thinks that Maya is lying and that Kevin is a Saint. Maya gets food and milk thrown at her at school. Leo is the only one who would sit with her, not even Ana would sit with her. When Kevin’s father says to Kevin and David that it is either Kevin & David or Peter but one of them has to go. Kevin says someone need to talk to Amat. David doesn’t want to see Kevin’s father’s face.


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Today's Reading: Mon 24-Jul P 260 - 276 Ch 38 - 39 (17)


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Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Mon 24-Jul P 260 - 276 Ch 38 - 39 (17)"

Maya is at school and leaves the classroom because everyone is ignoring her. She goes into the bathroom and slams her fist into the mirror. Benji is outside the bathroom and hears this and knocks. He goes in, Maya tells him she is sorry she hurt his friend. Benji says Kevin isn’t his friend anymore. Maya goes out and Benji breaks up the bathroom. Janette saw Maya exit the bathroom with a bloody fist. Jenette know that Benji broke up the bathroom to keep people from know that Maya broke the mirror. Maya goes home and calls her mother to come home. Sponsors want Peter out of the GM position and they want the president to fire him. Two men in a car see Amat walking home, they offer him a ride. He refuses. David’s father approaches Amat, give him a card to get his mother a better job, gives him 5000 Kroner and tells him he was drunk at the party and didn’t really see anything. Amat drops the money when Kevin’s father leaves and goes home and gets his old skates for practice. A boy with a SAAB sees the whole thing and takes the dropped money.


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