Beartown (Beartown #1)
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
Not unlike a hockey team suffering a penalty and playing at a numerical disadvantage:
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 hi ...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
Why This Book
Beartown began showing up on a few of my Goodreads' friends booklists earlier this yea ...more
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
Fredrik Backman: You’ve left me drained, almost completely bereft of words. This is a novel, unlike any of your others, yet it’s so full of heart and emotion that we the readers know emphatically that it is yours. And after the last words have sunk into my soul, I can emphatically say, thank you! This one is to be treasured.
Now, what can I possibly say about this story, without giving it away?
Beartown is a town that eat, sleeps and goes to bed thinking about one thing: Hockey. ...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
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
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
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. Although, ...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
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. What l ...more
But when a tragic event occurs the people of this small community are left reeling and suddenly at odds, unsure where ...more
If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Fredrik Backman won me over with ‘Brit- Marie was Here”. I have since read most of his other books, or at least have them in my ‘to read’ list, which means I feel I have become accustomed to the author’s style of writ ...more
Every. Damn. Time.
’Culture is as much about what we encourage as what we permit.’
It’s taking every ounce of whatever self restraint I have left not to go back and start the cycle again.
This book will be the death of me!
Last Read - 23/03/18
Incredible. INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t give it (ME!) 5 stars fast enough.
I can’t remember the last time was this consumed by a book and its characters.
Right now I’m feeling too many emotions, my thoughts are ...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
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
Well, I am going to be honest. I was terrified to read this book. A strange thing to say because if a person were to look at my "read" shelf, I have obviously highly enjoyed Fredrik Backman's books. I love his writing and his characters seem to connect with my soul. It was the plot- the fact that that this book would talk about a small town and its obsessive love for hockey. A game that I loved so much growing up but have slowly lost interest in as I have grown older. As I began ...more
"Hate can be a deeply stimulating emotion. The world becomes much easier to understand and much less terrifying if you divide everything and everyone into friends and enemies, we and they, g ...more
Wow! What happens in Beartown, unfortunately, happens in reality. Probably more times that we know. Just change the sport. I don't know if you can say the people of Beartown are obsessed with hockey. It's more that they live for it, they live and breath it every minute of the day.
Beartown is a story that grabs you from the beginning. We follow the local boys hockey team and their quest to win. We follow the coaches and their quest to win. We follow the town folk and their quest for th ...more
Fredrick Backman thank you for writing such a powerful novel. This is truly a heart wrenching novel that leaves you crying at times, laughing at times, and angry at times. This is definitely a novel that will be treasured and I will always remember.
The characters are so amazingly sketched and Backman ever so brilliantly leaves your heart and soul wanting more and more!
I don't want to go into too much detail ...more
Right at the beginning we are told that a teenager goes into the forest, places a shotgun on someone’s forehead and pulls the trigger. This sets the tension and suspense rolling from the very first sentence.
We also find out that Beartown is a small town somewhere in Sweden where hockey rules, and the club’s uniforms are dark green, with white trim, and a brown emblem on the front – forest, ice, and earth. The theme of ...more
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