Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Ebook/Audiobook

Dates Read: 4/30/19-5/2/19

If you have read My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, then you know that Britt-Marie is a character in that book. This book stands alone, but is also based on that same character.

This book is about Britt-Marie. She is a control freak in the simplest terms, with a complete lack of understanding of the world. After she leaves her husband, she seeks a job at the unemployment office. She gets a job in a super small town called Borg as the recreational office caretaker, but quickly the job becomes more than she can imagine. Through soccer and small town values, Britt-Marie finds herself out of her comfort zone as she begins to find herself.

The life lesson I pulled out of this one is to not be afraid to jump. I think that, especially now when we all have a shield in our hands in the form of a phone, we all hide from life. But here’s the thing, life is going to come whether you are ready or not. The question becomes: are you going to go along with it, or are you going to watch it go by?

There is also this interesting conversation of loyalty. While this book talks about loyalty to a soccer team, and what that says about you, this book also delves into the notion of sacrifice in the name of loyalty. Do you let your reputation get ruined because of the company you keep? Do you sacrifice your career for people you care about? So many ethical questions circle around this notion, and it was insane to me how many of the characters are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of loyalty. THIS is the reason why I love small towns.

To be completely honest, not my favorite out of the ones he has written, but it still had me laughing, in tears, and laughing again. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas on this book or the blog in general, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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