Well. Meh. This just didn’t do it for me. Here is my book review Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.
My first Backman novel, A Man Called Ove, was one of my favorite reads of 2013. Over the past few years I also enjoyed My Grandmother Asked Me to Tel You She’s Sorry, though not as much as Ove. Then I read Bear Town and struggled through every page.
But I thought I’d give Anxious People a go, yet here too I was dissapointed. Guess I need to take a break from Backman.
Anxious People, very similarly to Backman’s other books, throws a collection of seemingly unrelated people together. This time, in a real estate, kidnapping, suicide, bank robbing story often sad and sometime funny, but never very compelling. A group of misfits all looking for something in life to bring them happiness and fulfillment in an anxious and awkward story. These characters are stuffed into an apartment at a real estate viewing and somehow their lives are entwined and their futures secured. Really?
Granted this is an easy read, and if you are looking for something light and simple you will enjoy this look at how messy everyday people’s lives can be. Unfortunately the book is not very realistic with bumbling police, a man dressed as a rabbit, and a weird little plot twist that doesn’t really make the book any better.
My apologies to Backman fans but this one fell flat for me. I keep Ove in my best of books, but Anxious People doesn’t cut it.
**Two Stars for Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Read last week’s review of Sold on Monday
My current read The Promised Land by Barack Obama
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