Beartown

Beartown

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream?and the price required to make it come true. People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generat The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small ...

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Title:Beartown
Author:Fredrik Backman
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B01LLXCGWY
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Beartown Reviews

  • Cheri
    Feb 28, 2017
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 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...
  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 18, 2017
    "For people who have never lived where darkness and cold are the norm, where else is the exception, it is hard to understand that it is possible to find someone who has frozen to death with their jacket open, or even naked. But when you get really cold your blood-vessels contract and y...
  • Annet
    Jun 30, 2017
    Benji puts his weight down on his foot. The good one this time, not the broken one. "I just want to play." Peter laughs. "Okay but, God, Benji, with your talent and your passion, you could really be something. I mean, seriously. You could be playing at an elite level in a couple of yea...
  • Dianne
    Jun 25, 2017
    I'm the outlier again, I guess. I DID like this but didn't love it as many readers clearly did. Backman certainly has a gift for developing characters that feel real and for creating atmosphere, but I didn't love the narrative structure he uses here. He has a large cast of rotating cha...
  • Candi
    Sep 14, 2017
    "? our entire species survived because we stuck together and cooperated, but on the other hand we developed because the strongest individuals always thrived at the expense of the weak. So we always end up arguing about where the boundaries should be drawn. How selfish are we allowed ...
  • Esil
    Feb 21, 2017
    I loved Backman's A Man Called Ove. I really really liked My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. But when I read Backman's last full length novel -- Britt-Marie Was Here -- I wondered whether Backman was a one trick pony, the formula being to create a quirky difficult charact...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 07, 2017
    It is not just because I think this is an outstanding and insightful book. Nor because I like hockey, actually most sports, come from a sports mad family, because I do. No, my rating reflects the fact that this book engaged all my thoughts, all my emotions, in essence I identified with...
  • Susanne  Strong
    Feb 16, 2017
    Update FIVE STAR Feb 2019 Review (re-read): Because it?s LOVE, plain and simple. Have you ever had a book stay with you? Has it ever just lived inside of you every single day, day in day out, since the moment you first read it? You take a breath and a character comes to mind an...
  • Angela M
    Feb 03, 2017
    Hockey. What did I care about hockey? I didn't. But the novel soon becomes about more than just the sport, about so much more than I can articulate in a review without giving too much away, but I'll try. Backman tells us early on what I was about to discover for myself. "Why does an...
  • Julie
    May 19, 2017
    Beartown by Fredrik Backman is a 2017 Simon & Schuster publication. 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 anyw...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Apr 19, 2017
    Beartown is a small, dwindling northern community that is being slowly but surely consumed by the ever encroaching trees. It is a hockey town and far too many of the residents financial futures are tied, directly or not, to this sport. Hockey is the business of Beartown and t...
  • Larry H
    Feb 24, 2017
    Here's a little bit of a confession: while I really enjoyed Fredrik Backman's book A Man Called Ove , and the charming curmudgeon who was its main character, I have found in recent years that there seems to be a glut of charming yet misunderstood curmudgeons doddering their way throug...
  • James
    Mar 21, 2017
    4.5 out of 5 stars to Beartown, a 2016 contemporary novel by Fredrik Backman. Although the book had a bit of a difficult start for me, it developed into an emotionally-charged hot bed, triggering anger and frustration over so many things about the human race... and I'm quite glad I rea...
  • Carol
    Mar 03, 2017
    5 Big Fat Wonderful Stars!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...
  • jessica
    Oct 24, 2017
    now THIS is how you tell a story. the writing is definitely the strength of this book; and it makes me wish i was fluent in swedish, because i know it would be an even more remarkable story in its native/original language (if thats even possible). this book felt as if fredrik b...
  • Charlotte May
    Oct 08, 2018
    "Like they say in Beartown: some people have the bear in them." I had very high expectations going into this one, and while they were met, I was completely surprised by the way this story went. Turns out I really didn't know what was going to happen, which meant I was constantly ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Feb 12, 2019
    4.5 stars. I am going to be all up in my feels over this one for a LONG time. Fuck ? TW: rape, victim blaming, homophobia ...
  • Matthew
    Jun 18, 2017
    "People round here don't always know the difference between right and wrong. But we know the difference between good and evil." Fredrik Backman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His characters and storytelling are practically perfect. I can easily recommend this book t...
  • Candace
    Jun 20, 2017
    Wow!--Just, wow! Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that takes you by surprise, becoming far more meaningful than you ever anticipated. 'Beartown' is precisely that type of book. Bravo, Mr. Backman! When 'Beartown' first started showing up on so many of my friends' feeds...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Jun 02, 2017
    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 ...
  • KAS
    Jun 21, 2018
    4.5 Stars It?s Blemished It?s Edgy It?s Awestricken It?s Resolute It?s Tragic It?s Otherworldly It?s Worrisome It?s Nightmarish In Beartown, one thing, and only one thing is important ... their hockey team. The players are obsessed! The parents are obsesse...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    May 27, 2017
    *This is an audio version review of Beartown.* 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...
  • Meredith
    Jul 13, 2017
    On the surface, Beartown is a book about hockey, but it?s so much 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 b...
  • Paromjit
    Jul 29, 2017
    The Scandal is the British title for Beartown, a remote northern town in Sweden, a place in a cycle of economic decline and a community with an unabashed primal tribal obsession with its junior ice hockey team. This is a dark and cold town where everyone knows everyone. A hockey team f...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Mar 25, 2017
    I'm sure anyone who has either read this book or heard anything about it by now realizes this is a huge departure for Backman from his usual tale. About a month ago I was recording a podcast with the lovely Anne Bogel and one of the recommendations she gave me was to read Beartown. Whi...
  • Pouting Always
    May 28, 2018
    Beartown is a small town in the forest with a dwindling population and ever decreasing resources. Beartown is also a hockey town where the sport's importance only increases when it begins to become tied into the financial future of the town. When the junior team is actually poised to w...
  • Ninoska Goris
    Aug 20, 2017
    English - Espaol 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 a...
  • Sam
    Feb 04, 2017
    Believe the hype. Beartown is one of those rare novels that leaves you swollen with feeling and utter satisfaction, and yet entirely sad and almost disappointed that the story had to end, even though you wouldn't have wanted the author to change or add a single thing. For me, that's t...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Feb 12, 2018
    6/5 Stars 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! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
  • Miranda Reads
    Jan 30, 2019
    Read this one for TCE Book Club! Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward. Beartown, a small town in the middle of the forest, has been on its way out for years. Businesses are leaving, layoffs are happening and people are fleeing for anywhere ...