Beartown by Fredrik Backman⁠ ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review


Literary Fiction

The Plot

⁠Beartown is a small town deep in the forest. All the hopes and dreams of the community for a better future rest on the young shoulders of the junior ice hockey team, about to compete in the national semi-finals. This heavy burden is the catalyst of a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatised and a town in turmoil.⁠

❤️ What I liked about Beartown by Fredrik Backman

👦 The characters. All of them, and I mean all of them, not just the main ones, are so well developed! Amat was probably my favourite one: so young, committed to hockey, talented, protective with his mother… He tried so hard to get accepted by the hockey players that at the beginning he was not sure whether to testify against Kevin or not but in the end, he understood the right thing to do. ⁠

🏒 Sport. Indeed, this book is not only about hockey, but to me – I played team sports since I was 6 – how a player plays reflects his or her personality. You can understand a lot watching a person playing. ⁠
Kevin is a primadonna both in hockey and in life. ⁠
Benji is altruistic and fair: he gives his best on the rink to help Kevin’s star shine, but he doesn’t stand by him when he rapes Maya. ⁠
Amat gives everything to what’s important to him: hockey, his mum and Maya. ⁠

🏙️ The growth of Beartown. In the beginning, the community thinks hockey players are like saints: untouchables and always right. By the end of the book, though, they understand this is not the case.⁠

I wasn’t so sure about

Sport. I think only the negative aspects of sports are investigated in this book. Reading it, if I had never played, I wouldn’t think that sport is not a healthy environment for a kid. But I know how important it is and how much it makes a person grow. ⁠ ⁠

To the score

⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ 4/5 A book that makes you think. I read it with my book club, and they all loved it. ⁠

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