Monday, November 6, 2017

A Man Called Ove

Book: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. -Goodreads

Review: I love when a book catches me by surprise. My friend received two copies for Mother's Day and graciously gave one of them to me. I started the book and initially found myself very annoyed by Ove and his 'grumpy old man' attitude (side note, he wasn't even that old). However, as the book continued I found I loved his non-nonsense approach to things and I began to love him. And then I shockingly cried at the end!!

Overall-very good read. 

Grade: 4/5

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