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Flu Review - Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

 

As Fredrik Backman says in the beginning, this is a book about idiots. A bank-robber fails at robbing a bank, and then takes a bunch of people hostage at an apartment viewing. Just an fyi: they are the worst hostages ever.

Of course, in pure Backman style, we get to know each of the characters and their backstories through wit, humor (what ridiculous situations they get themselves in!), and a little bit of heartbreak. There are SO many characters, but each one feels like their own person. They are all idiots, but so are you and I. Fredrik Backman does a great job of humanizing each person and their mistakes, and drawing a correlation between them and the reader. We all make mistakes, and just because these characters end up in ridiculous situations, does not make them any less relatable. A great book has you putting yourself in the characters' shoes, and this one definitely does that.

If you haven't read a Fredrik Backman book before, this might be a hard one to start with. The writing style takes getting used to, and if you don't know how he hits you hard in the heart if stuck with, you may just give up on the book. I would suggest starting with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. That one was heart-warming and at moments, hilarious. Also, his books as audiobooks are FANTASTIC. The narrators do such a great job bringing the humor out.

By Michelle

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