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REVIEW: Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Title: Britt Marie Was Here
Author: Fredrik Backman
Type: Fiction
Published: 2016. / first published in 2014.
Pages: 324
Publisher: Atria Books

β€œOne morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it’s happened.”

So, thats it. With finishing this one I can proudly announce Ive read all of Backman’s published books. Yes, nothing can beat Beartown and Us Against You, but each of his stories has something unique about it.

Same goes for Britt Marie Was Here. If we talk about quirky characters, Backman is a master. This book is partially connected to My Grandmother… cause thats where we first meet Britt Marie as one of the side characters. She is 63, she is socially awkward, strickt in following the rules and a bit of a clean freak. She is also a woman that has been neglected by her husband and her surroundings for years and has finally decided she’s had enough.

“𝑨𝒕 𝒂 π’„π’†π’“π’•π’‚π’Šπ’ π’‚π’ˆπ’† π’‚π’π’Žπ’π’”π’• 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’’π’–π’†π’”π’•π’Šπ’π’π’” 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 π’‚π’”π’Œπ’” π’‰π’Šπ’Žπ’”π’†π’π’‡ 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒆 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆ: π’‰π’π’˜ 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 π’šπ’π’– π’π’Šπ’—π’† π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’π’Šπ’‡π’†?”

I love that he centered the story around an older woman. Being in my late 30’s I find refreshment in characters that are older than 25. I know that the most exciting stories happen when youre finding the perfect job and that right person to marry and start a life with. Having kids is definitely a whole new chapter of the story. But its not like everything stops there. And Backman sees it. He will tell the most amazing stories about people just like you and me, normal people with ordinary lives, showing the world that we all have something to tell. For him, there is so much extraordinary within the ordinary, and every person is valuable and worth knowing. I love him for his humanity, for his ability to see the goodness in everyone, for his wise words and a realistic, but at the same time positive and hopeful attitude.

𝑺𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’π’π’…π’†π’“π’” π’‰π’π’˜ π’Žπ’–π’„π’‰ 𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 π’Šπ’ 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒍 𝒕𝒐 π’„π’‰π’‚π’π’ˆπ’† 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇, 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒆 π’ˆπ’†π’•π’” 𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒆𝒓. 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒆 π’”π’•π’Šπ’π’ 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 π’Žπ’†π’†π’•, π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• π’˜π’Šπ’π’ π’•π’‰π’†π’š 𝒔𝒆𝒆 π’Šπ’ 𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• π’˜π’Šπ’π’ π’•π’‰π’†π’š π’Žπ’‚π’Œπ’† 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒆 π’Šπ’ 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇?”

If you still haven’t read any books by Backman, I have no idea what are you waiting for. Maybe you wont like them all. Maybe you wont like any of them. But I you will get to love his messages and appreciate him as an author. I’m completely sure of it.

My GR rating: 4 stars

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