Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ok, I ignored this book for probably a year at B&N.  Every time I went it caught my eye and every time I passed it by.  Then we were looking for a movie to watch one night on Amazon Prime, and I saw that it was a movie and said, "Hey, just watch the trailer of that one."  After watching the movie trailer, I decided I had to read it!  And I am SO glad I did!  You MUST read this book!  I laughed and I cried and I laughed some more.  Such a good, light read that makes you think about the people you encounter every day and what their story might be.  This one is a 5 star for me.  I don't give those lightly. :)

Summary from goodreads.com:
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

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