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    Underwhelming

    Having read, re-read and LOVED "A Man called Ove" I was keen to see if the 1st book promise was vindicated. Sadly no. While there were brief flashes of AMcO, I found the whole thing tedious: the characters are wooden, unengaging, and one dimensional, and the premise contrived. Even the ending was expected.
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    Literary Chicken Noodle Soup.

    It takes about a third of the work for this book to gain traction. The first chapters are horrid. Britt-Marie is not fictitious, she is made up. And not well made up either. She is an obsessive compulsive, but in an almost generic way: like the way some imagine them to be rather than how they actually are. Further, leopards truly do not change their spots. We are asked to believe that in the space of a few weeks she goes from being an annoying doormat to an independent assertive individual. These things do not happen and so the tale lacks any form of impact. Britt-Marie first appeared in “A Man Called Ove”: she should have been left there. The author’s reuse of the character shows a lack of creativity and literary judgement. Once it gets going, the book is extremely easy to read as there is no depth in the characters and the situations are all veneer and in no way are they substantial. Also, if, like me, you are not interested in football then one of the central themes flops. It has a measure of tear jerk appeal that a lot of readers will like, though there is nothing here that is in any way gut wrenching. If you need something to wile away the time then this could be the book for you.
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    Enjoyable quirky read

    I see a little of myself in Britt-Marie... but only a little!! I enjoyed the book more than 'My Grandma says she's sorry'.
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    Good read enjoyed thoroughly

    Nice coming of age story for people trapped by the past
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    Great read

    Sitting on my balcony in isolation due to this stupid virus that is taking over the world - reading this great book - made my time less boring ! Great read ...... just like Ove and My Grandmother. Another fantastic book

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