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Today, I'll be discussing international bestseller Beartown.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake is the old ice rink, built decades ago by the men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe in a better tomorrow. The junior ice hockey team is days away from competing in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the dreams of this place rest on the shoulders of a group of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will change the life of a 15-year-old girl and leave the town in turmoil. Accusations are made, sides are chosen, and the consequences travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown is like no other book I've ever read—it's a story of community, friendship, and right and wrong. Even more so, Beartown is a reminder that the choices we make have consequences, and like ripples, they impact each and everyone around us.
This fan favorite is not only wonderfully written, it's brilliantly developed. While the storyline may be difficult for some, it's impossible not to fall in love with the cast: the parents who would do anything for their children, the friends who have an unbreakable sense of loyalty, and every character in between.
Despite this being a story of community, Beartown is a powerful narrative for several other reasons. It's a tale of devotion and violence. The synopsis may give off a light and warm impression, but it's actually quite the opposite.
Nonetheless, it can't be denied that the story is a bit long and dragged out. Although it's difficult not to become invested in the narrative, at times, the book feels like it's on a loop.
The final verdict: this Backman pick is great but definitely hyped by readers.
Beartown is a good choice if you're looking for a fiction piece that is unique and significant. If you're in the mood for something quick, light, and easy, this may not be the book for you.