Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)  has been on my NG shelve for quite some time. I loved Beartown and it is one of my favorite books. So why did it take me so long to read this one I really don’t know. I like to think maybe it had to do with the timing. Sometimes you just have that special book that seems like you are waiting for the perfect time. Well, I read this one just at the perfect time because I read this one in a Group read.

Brenda’s Review

A Community consumed by hockey, torn apart by violence, hate, conflict and differences.

Us Against You is not just about hockey. It’s a look into how a community heals, after violence tears apart a town and we see how that affects the community and families. We see the damage that competition and hate from a rivalry community can affect communities. We were like a whirlwind of emotions as we saw how the people in the town dealt with the violence and hate and we see how they grow from it. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Fredrik Backman knows how to capture the insight into his characters and had me feeling compassion for all the characters. He captures their environment and just how that shapes the people they are.

These are my favorite types of books to read and stories like this remind me why I read. It reminds me sometimes I just need to go back to being that mood reader that really makes me a happy reader.

Thank you to NetGalley, and Simon & Schuster for a copy to read and review. I purchase the copy used in the photo.

Have you read either Beartown or Us Against you? Want to read them? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

27 thoughts on “Us Against You by Fredrik Backman”

  1. Love your review! It’s always good to finally find time for those books that we keep putting off. I have a few like that sitting on my shelf now. Maybe March will be the month they get read. 😉

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  2. I’ve read everything Backman has written and can confidently say he never disappoints. My three favorites of his novels are: “A man called Ove”, “Beartown”, and “Us Against You”.

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    1. I have a couple more of his books. Now I really want to get to them! I am glad to see he never disappoints. I have read Ove and loved it!

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  3. I’m definitely a mood reader. I’m happiest when I’m reading books I’m in the mood for at the time. 😉
    I haven’t read Beartown but I’ve heard good things about it.
    I tried to listen to A Man Called Ove, but alas I struggled through the beginning of it and put it down. That’s crazy, right? So many people loved it!! I might try again.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Us Against You. 😊

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      1. I hear ya’. I’ll totally be in the mood to read something when I request a book, or win one. Then when it’s time to read it I’m like …🤦🏽‍♀️. I’ll be in the mood for something very different. It can be a challenge.

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      2. It sure does! I seem to be controlled by pub dates which I told myself I never would. Because I didn’t at first, well that is one reason I am so behind. lol

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I still have a few more of his books I want to read. I am so glad to see you loved this series. I think I heard there is a third one.

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  4. Thanks for shedding the light on perfect timing, so true! Excellent review B.
    I must say this book sounds so interesting, I havent heard of a story like this one.
    It makes me want to read it for the emotional perspective. Community and healing are of great interest to me. Not a usual book for me, I think I would enjoy this one.

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