Beartown/ Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Beartown: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]
Us Against You: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Ebook/ Audiobook

Dates Read:5/3/19-5/8/19

This duet is ROUGH, but incredible. TRIGGER WARNING: these books discuss rape culture in a graphic way. Read at your own volition.

These books follow the town of Beartown, where you play hockey or you are too old. After a semifinal game, a young girl is raped by the star player. The question becomes: do you sacrifice the team or the boy’s career in order to get justice, or is he too good to be punished? The second book discusses politics, and ultimately how easily politicians trick us to fit their agenda. With discussions into being LGBTQ in a small town, survivor’s guilt, and feminism, these books are 100% needed in today’s world.

I love it because 1) it discusses culture that is not only present, but extremely (sadly) real, and 2) they mimic how poorly small towns can deal with these types of issues. These are incredibly heavy books, not only in size but content, however the overall storytelling and content is so incredibly important that it is worth the read.

Storytime: These were the first books I read by Fredrik Backman. I genuinely had no idea that they would be this good, I just saw the recommendation on Goodreads and was like “yea, okay!”, and from there my life has changed. Truly, I love these books because they find a way to hit EVERY SINGLE THING that is happening in today’s society and says “hey, we are kinda pooping the bed at this point so here is what I have to say about it” and I respect it. If you want to read any book by Backman, read these. They are so incredibly important.

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

Side note: In January 2019, HBO Europe greenlit a miniseries on Beartown. I have zero clue as to when it will actually come out, only that it is in the works. I also have no idea how you would watch it in the US, but I will update you as I find out!

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