Hey guys, it’s Em, and today I wanted to try doing a book review. I’ve never done one, though, so *fingers crossed*.
One book that’s been getting a lot of hype (or at least was) is A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. It was on my summer tbr and I finally read it!
Since this is my first actual review post, please have patience with me! If you have any suggestions for me, please let me know because I would love feedback :). Okay, here we go…
Book: A Man Called Ove
Author: Frederik Backman
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
The summary (from goodreads)
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.
Ahhhh Ove is such a great character. He’s really grumpy but he has a really kind heart underneath it all.
He gave the metal pole a firm kick. Not that it was wonky or anything, but it’s always best to check. Ove is the sort of man who checks the status of all things with a good kick.
Honestly though this part cracked me up, I’m not really sure why. But it fits Ove’s character at the beginning of the book SO WELL.
One of my favorite things of this book is the flashbacks. They really helped me to get into the minds of the characters, and see that (in Ove’s case) he wasn’t always bitter.
I LOVED the story of Ove and his wife. It was so sweet and heartwarming, and really helped me to understand Ove’s character and his life, and that he wasn’t always bitter and grumpy.
“Ove had never been asked how he lived before he met her. But if anyone had asked him, he would have answered that he didn’t.”
I think that this book wasn’t just a story of a grumpy old man turned less grumpy; I think it was also a love story. And I loved that.
It was also about friendship, and hardships. The story of Ove, and his neighbor, Rune, kind of cracked me up. They were too similar to each other, so they constantly fought. But it was sweet, at the same time.
As for the hardships-Ove had a really rough childhood. But he somehow still managed to get past it, and to find love and trust in others.
The Ending (SPOILER ALERT)
Aaaaahhh the ending was so good and happy but also really sad at the same time! I cried because I wasn’t expecting him to die. Like, why did you have to kill off the main character??
At the beginning, I thought I knew how the book would end. I thought that the ending would be Ove and the neighbors good friends, and him finally coming to peace with living without his wife. And that’s how the beginning of the ending was…until he had to go and die!! Yes, I know that it was going to happen eventually. But why not let the reader decide what would happen for themselves?
On the other hand, I kind of appreciated the fact that it wasn’t a picture perfect ending. (or maybe it was that-he went back to his wife.) But life doesn’t always end in happily ever after, as the book showed.
In conclusion, I loved this book! It was sweet, heartwarming, and funny. I had high expectations after reading Britt-Marie Was Here ( by the same author), but A Man Called Ove lived up to them.
Have you read any books by Frederik Backman? Are you going to, now that you’ve read my review? Do you have any advice for review-writing? Let me know in the comments 🙂