Author: Fredrik Backman
Type: Contemporary Fiction
What is this book about?
Beartown is a town that is dying. It has one thing. Hockey. The town lives, breaths and sleeps hockey. The junior team is about to compete in a national championship and a win would put Beartown on the map. It all rests on the shoulders of a few boys in town including Kevin, who has the potential to play in the NHL. Right before the championship, something happens that rocks the town. No one wants to believe the event happened because that would mean the end of dream. The event leaves no stones unturned and it impacts everyone in the town.
What did I think?
I found this story to be extremely slow in the beginning. It felt like it took forever for something to happen. I both loved and hated the writing style. There were A LOT of characters introduced at the beginning of the story and it was hard to keep track of them all because it would jump around a lot. That being said, the characters were well developed so after about a third of the story I had a better idea of who was who and what was going on. Overall the story was beautifully written but I feel like I was bored for most of the story. I also felt like this story touched on a tough issue that happens often in our society. I would probably rate this 3.5 stars if that were an option on Goodreads.