My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Such a marvelous quirky and deliciously sweet ( without the saccharin) hidden gem . Backman doesn't get as much attention as he deserves. His books are filled with flawed authentic humans and such wise words about life, love and forgiveness. And the dialogue is so brilliant and hilarious. Each and everyone of his characters is so real you feel like they could step right out of the book. This one made me laugh and cry, often at the same time. I am so glad he wrote this one, as I had a very hard time liking Britt-Marie in My Grandmother sends her regards and says she's sorry. Now I still don't truly agree with some of her actions, but I now understand why she does what she does. Still dislike Kent, but at least he is growing a little and changing in his own little way. I strongly recommend you pick up his other books as well as this one, you will not be disappointed. Or better still grab an audiobook version, his narrators are brilliant. The only bad thing about this one is that I felt a constant need to clean my house and find me a bottle of Faxin.
"It was an effective system always having people there to blame for everything without ever having to define who they really were."
" I Happen to have the wheelchair. I not wheelchair that happens to have human in it."
"Because if we don't forgive those we love, then what is left? What is love if it's not loving our lovers even when they don't deserve it."
We read this as part of our book club and as a gift I got each of the girls a box of bicarbonate soda for each of the members - trust me you will never look at bicarbonate soda in quite the same way
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