Monday, August 7, 2017

Beartown by Frederik Backman

My rating: 5.0

In a tiny community set deep in the forest, a Junior ice hockey team is about to compete for the semi-finals. All the hopes and dreams of the town rest on the shoulders of these teenage boys. This is about the boys, the coaches, GMs, managers and the town - everyone's life hopes and dreams revolve around the team.

This reads somewhat like a thriller with flashbacks. Not only was I brought up with hockey but my niece Olivia played goalie for a AAA team in a remote town this past winter.  I can say that this NAILED hockey, a hockey town and their mentality perfectly. IMO, this is Backman's best book yet. Stunning! Don't read too much about it as there is a spoiler.....which I was shocked was in the description of the book - don't read anything more about it!  Just get the book..


  1. Ugh, I had this from the library and had to take it back before I read. Oh well I am back on the list so hopefully not too long. I am in a slump and reading so little the last few weeks, I just can't stay engaged in any book so maybe it will be the right book. Thanks for the review!
    XOXO Jeana

    1. I remember those days. Thankfully I figured out how to beat the expiration with the library on my kindle (but understand not everyone likes kindle). Hare book limbo! I hope you get it again and love it as much as I do.

    2. Hi Elle,
      I am a huge Backman fan but was not sure of the subject matter in Beartown, I just wasn't sure I could relate. But wow, was I wrong. Another great read. I really enjoy your reviews, please keep them coming!
      Thanks, Julie

    3. It is funny Julie as I have liked some of his books and others were just 'meh' to me but I think he hit this one out of the park! Hard to believe he is only in his late 30's with this kind of talent.