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  • Round in circles

    I did not like the book. It went nowhere. Worst book.

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  • Disappointed

    Not my book style! Rambled on with no real goal. No comparison to previous books.

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  • Disappointing

    I just love Author Fredrik Backman's books because he is such a good story teller and his books are so well written. However, I had a really hard time getting into this book and it was a real effort to finish it. I was very disappointed in this book especially after I saw to many rave reviews. Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for the ARC of this book that so many people loved.in exchange for an honest review. I do look forward to Author Backman's next book.

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  • May Lag at Times, But Be Sure to Finish

    If you, like me, flag in your interest about half way through this book (where I would have given it 3 stars), stick with it. The end makes it work finishing (the reason I gave it 4 stars). This is the fourth book I’ve read by Fredrik Backman, whose humor I love. There are some passages in here (like a spot-on description of the busyness of adulthood) that I found absolutely priceless, that you’ll want to read aloud to those you love. Then there were other times when the plot seemed to drag and the humor got kind of gimmicky and annoying. The narrative jumps around in time, so the story is slowly pieced together. A fleeing bank robber ends up hiding out in an apartment with a bunch of random people looking to potentially rent the unit. Outside, father and son police officers, with their own relationship issues to navigate, are trying to figure out what’s going on. And that’s all I will reveal about the plot so I don’t spoil anything for you. As readers slowly figure out what’s happening along with the police officers, we get to know this group of people, some of their inner most vulnerabilities, and, for some of them, the trauma inflicted by actual and near suicides in their lives. So, while there is lots of humor, periodically, there are quite serious and beautiful moments that reveal simple humanity, with all its flaws and foibles. Bottom line: I’m still a Backman fan, though I liked The Story of Ove better.

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  • Come to an apartment viewing....

    A mix of cranky and tender insights in a story with many layers. Now that I finished it, I want to reread, to add the insights I now know. Affirms being members of the human race, and how we need one another, in a cranky, tender way.

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