Author: Fredrik Backman
Published by: Hodder And Stoughton Ltd. on March 27, 2015
Genres: General Fiction
Book Rating: 9/10
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
I was really surprised at how much I liked this book.
This is a really touching, funny, melancholy story.
It is, ultimately, a story about life. It takes us on journey through loss and grief, finding the will to survive, and the importance of being needed.
The characterization is extremely well done. The main character, Ove, is a quirky, quiet, stubborn, big-hearted man you can’t help but love. And the secondary characters are bold, unique, and entertaining, right down to the SAAB.
It was a delight to read this story about, Ove. I laughed. I cried. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you Allison for lending me this book. It was terrific and I can’t wait to recommend it to others.