Britt-Marie Was Here: A Journey of (Not Only) Transformation || A Book Review

Britt-Marie Was Here

Author: Fredrik Backman

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Released: November 17th, 2016

Genre: General Fiction

Pages: 312

Format: Paperback

Characters: Britt-Marie, Kent, Ben, Sami, Sven, …

 

At first sight, Britt-Marie is a fussy, passive-aggressive busybody. But hidden inside her is a woman who has bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her imagines.

When she finds herself alone for the first time in decades, she realises she’s spent her life making choices for the sake of other people. Is it too late for her to change? And in a small town of big-hearted misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

Source: Goodreads

I’m so glad that I picked up a Backman’s book last year. It was a pure joy reading Britt-Marie Was Here. This book was beautifully written. I love everything about it. The writing style and language used is amazing. The characters are special and their existence definitely contributes to the story development. Hence, the development of the plot and Britt-Marie’s transformation throughout the book was a wonderful ride to be on. For me, there was no flaw at all, from the start till the end.

“It’s difficult to know when love blooms; suddenly one day you wake up and it’s in full flower. It works the same way when it wilts — one day it is just too late.”
– Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

Everything included in this book serves a purpose, no details being left out. It shows how much thought had been put into writing this book. I really liked the reference of football as well, even though I’m not a football fan but the analogies used by Backman really helped me to know the teams better.

“Football is a curious game, because it doesn’t ask to be loved. It demands it.”
– Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

Also, I like that Backman highlights OCD and how the environment a child grew up in would contribute to anxiety and mental illness, the link is clear and the evident is not only being seen through Britt-Marie’s personality but also other characters in the book.

“Because life is more than shoes your feet are in. More than the person you are. It’s the togetherness. The parts of yourself in another. Memories and walls and cupboards and drawers with compartments for cutlery, so you know where everything is.”
– Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

Overall, it was a great read and highly recommended! I can’t wait to read more Backman’s works this year!

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