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Us Against You (Beartown #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,120 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a sur ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Atria Books (first published August 21st 2017)
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Susanne Strong
5 Gut-Wrenching, Sock-it-to Me Stars!

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 Andersson’s life has be
Chelsea Humphrey
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did. We'll end up saying that violence came to Beartown this summer, but that will be a lie; the violence was already here. Because sometimes hating one another is so easy that it seems incomprehensible that we ever do anything else.

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 aut
Angela M
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Communities are like ice, not water. They don’t suddenly flow in new directions because you ask them to, they change centimeter by centimeter, like glaciers. Sometimes they don’t move at all”.

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
Larry H
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"...we only pretend hockey is complicated, because it isn't really. When you strip away all the nonsense surrounding it, the game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you."

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 faces a crisis that will practically tear the town apart, surprised, delighted, and devastated me, all
Where does one begin when it comes to describing an author whose books constantly amaze you to the point you cannot easily put them down for any reason other than an emergency? Fredrik Backman has struck gold with the second book in the Beartown series, Us Against You. After I survived a book daze last year with the series debut, I read another of his works which catapulted Backman into my top 5 of favorite authors. Once I learned he had written a second book in the Beartown series (they are all ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 gut wrenching bang bang stars!!

I fell in love with Beartown last year by Backman and had the highest expectations for Us Against You. Well.. 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 book. It's cont
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beartown is a town struggling to survive, left shell shocked and reeling after traumatic events swept through it with the force of a destructive emotional hurricane. We return to the place where hockey is loved with a religious passion, defining the community identity, with returning old and new characters. Any lover of sport will love and relate to this story, and those readers that are not should know that whilst this is ostensibly about hockey, it is in reality a tale of all that it is to be ...more
Theresa Alan
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“It’s so easy to get people to hate each other. That’s what makes love so impossible to understand. Hate is so simple that it always ought to win. It’s an uneven fight.”

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.

Beartown is
4+ Stars

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 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 Fredri

Diane S ☔
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was the best of times and the worst of times. This is a fitting quote for what is going on in Beartown since the end of the last book. Beartown has lost many of their best hockey players to Hed, their own hockey team has lost most of their support and sponsor money. But then, seemingly a miracle, a politician gets involved, new factory, new someone, new coach, a woman. Peter gets to keep his job as General Manager. Politics and sports should never mix, as many will find out by books end.

So ma
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

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 Beartown and what had happe
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

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 passages made
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

”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
was the flashing red light
He saw that heavenly light

-- Hit Somebody!(The Hoc
This is the sixth Fredrik Backman book I read. He’s become one of my favourite writers, so it’s always exciting to read something new from him.

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 hap
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, i-own-it, arc, translated
4.5 stars Dare I say that I enjoyed this even more than Beartown??? I just love the characters so much, so getting to spend more time with them and see them develop even more was fantastic. Backman knows how to throw a gut punch too and this book had me gasping, laughing and tearing up. I can't say much more because it is a sequel and it doesn't come out until June, but I really loved it and will continue to read anything he publishes! Thanks again to Atria Books for sending an early copy my wa ...more
May 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Seven days. SEVEN MORE DAYS!!!!!!

Somebody pinch me!


Waiting for this release has been like what I would imagine a slow agonising descent to madness to be like.

It’s as if time has decided to stand still just to torture my every being. 🤦♀

32 days to go... PLEASE, already!
Heather 'Bookables'
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
4 1/2

What an amazing series this was!
Hard hitting, heavy, but such beautiful reads!
Ah, Beartown. The first book I read this year, the best book I've read this year. It was such a blessing when I walked into my local bookstore and discovered that the sequel had come out. I bought it without hesitation, it made my bank account feel bad. What a bliss.

And now I've read it and I'm SO CONFLICTED.

(Note: this review is going to be terrible)

This book was awesome. I'm just going to put it out there before I start complaining. I loved it, and no matter my problems with it this had a wa
Jamie Rosenblit
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Review coming - but ALL the stars for this!

Okay, here I go! Let me start by saying, Beartown was my #1 book of 2017, hands down. Soon after finishing, I heard a sequel would be coming and that absolutely terrified me - would it ruin the magic of Beartown, which I thought was absolutely perfect?!? How much more could these people take? But, of course, the minute I got my hands on a copy, I had to stop everything and read it immediately. From the first page, I felt like I was back home with these
Berit Lundqvist
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Four and a half stars.

Autumn is coming. Backmans latest book "Vi mot er" (Us against You, Beartown #2) continues the journey into darkness. The rivalry between Beartown and Hed reaches an all time high, and the consequences are horrible. For the individual. For the team. For the community.

"We are going to say that Violence arrived in Beartown that summer. But that would be a lie. Violence was already here. Sometimes, it is so easy to make people hate each other that it is incomprehensible that w
Amy Morgan
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book.

I am reading everyone’s reviews saying that they liked or loved this book but that it did not connect for them in the same way Beartown did. I am going to be the opposite here. I LOVED this book just as equally and maybe even a little more than Beartown. Fredrik Backman just has something so special in all of his stories that I fall more in love with his storytelling with each book he writes.

In this sequel to Beartown we come back to the town
Sonja Arlow
”The complicated thing about good and bad people alike is that most of us can be both at the same time”

Fir the first 1/3 of the book I was not convinced that there was a story to tell. It felt as if the author wrote this because the fans demanded to know more. It felt like the book was just stating the obvious aftermath of how Beartown ended. I was worried that this book is going to be a huge disappointment. Its a lot of pages to be unsure of a book and that's why I initially only wanted to give
Edward Lorn
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hardcover
Us Against You is an emotional rollercoaster with some of the best and worst storytelling elements on display. What I liked about the book is simple: it made me feel; it made me cry. What I didn't like about it is far more complicated, so let's discuss that in greater detail.

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 f
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
' you strip away all the nonsense surrounding it, the game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us Against You' ____ Fredrik Backman

I really enjoyed Beartown. However, it felt like a complete book and I really didn't see the need for a sequel, so it was with some reluctance that I read Us Against You. There is no denying that once again, it is an extremely well written book and the characterisation is excellent, but as much as I enjoyed it, I still fe
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
I can’t get enough of the people from Beartown. Although I don’t think I could live in a place where winter was three-quarters of the year...brrr.

Us Against You is bestselling author Fredrick Backman’s sequel to his novel Beartown. Both are MUST reads. That is all my review really needs to say: just listen to me, they do not disappoint.

For those who need more convincing, well here goes:

Us Against You brings back all the characters we love, or love to hate: Benji (my fav!), Amat, Bobo, the Ander
Morgan Tallman
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book. Fredrick Backman. My heart. I have NEVER highlighted any book as much as this. I have never cried as much to a book as I did to this one. I will be buying this book for a physical version once it releases. Backman can build you up, tear you down, and build you right back up and it's completely worth it.
Fredrik Backman has become one of my favourite writers, and joining him in a new book is always a pleasure. I reviewed Beartown (aka Scandal) last year and it made it to my top 10 list for 2017 – review is here – so I was very excited when I was asked to read this latest release. As with Beartown, US AGAINST YOU is a roller coaster ride of human emotions pinned around the build up to an ice hockey match – a real grudge match – but the focus is on the characters, and the town as a whole rather th ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars rounded up.

"All sports are silly. All games are ridiculous. Two teams, one ball, sweat and grunting, and for what? So that for a few baffling moments we can pretend that it's the only thing that matters." That's how I feel about sports--I mean, if a game like the Super Bowl is so important, why do they do it all again the next year?

But the people of Beartown feel that hockey does really matter, not for a few 'baffling moments,' but above almost all else. When a young girl is raped,
Деница Райкова
Фредрик Бакман - "Ние срещу всички" /"Бьорнстад? 2/, изд. "Сиела" 2018 г., прев. Любомир Гиздов

Не знам как да пиша за тази книга.
За мен тя беше една от най-чаканите прводни книги на 2018-а. След като "Бьорнстад" ми хареса толкова много, почти ме беше страх да посегна към тази, от страх да не се разочаровам. Но знаете как е - когато те е страх от нещо, просто вземаш и го правиш. Затова "Ние срещу всички" беше в ръцете ми още на следващия ден след илзането си, а на по-следващия вече я четях.
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Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He liv ...more
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“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 what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe.” 1 likes
“Той е на дванайсет и това лято ще се научи, че хората винаги предпочитат простите лъжи пред сложните истини, защото лъжите имат едно ненадминато предимство: истината трябва да обясни всичко случило се, докато лъжата трябва просто да звучи достоверно” 1 likes
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