Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 5/7/19

Hi to any of my coworkers that may be wondering why I sat in my car with the music real loud, this is why! So to be completely honest, I was the most nervous for this post. Not only was it the first time I am putting a review out the same day the book came out (because I hate myself), but it also was the first book by Backman that was (as far as I knew) not fiction. Crossing my fingers that this would all work out, I put all my heart and soul into this week hoping that this book wouldn’t mess up everything.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t. If anything, it just made me love him more.

So this book is about what it is like to be a parent. I’m not talking all the other parents who make it seem like they know exactly what they are doing, I mean real parenting. The type of parenting where you mess up and hope to God that you don’t screw up your kid. Now I’m not a parent unless you count my ray-of-sunshine-definitely-not-a-pain-in-my-butt 5-month-old golden retriever, but I absolutely loved the stories that he chose to tell. And while writing a book like this is kinda a crap-shoot because you never know if your kid is actually going to like hearing these really personal stories that you told to millions of people (especially about the amount of poop you create), but I can’t imagine a funnier, lovable, or enjoyable person to write it. You will laugh, you will (almost) cry (I have just enough dignity to not cry at work, but only just), and the cycle will keep going, but you will never be disappointed. So Fredrik Backman, if you ever come across this review, please know how thankful I am to read your words (well, translated words) and share them with others.

If you guys have thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave me a comment or email me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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