Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is one of 2020’s most anticipated releases. I’ve seen it ALL over Bookstagram. And I was lucky to snag a review copy so I could check it out myself!
It’s a dark comedy that centers around a group of people (and a would-be bank robber) during a hostage situation, and the policemen who are determined to figure out what’s going on. Except, the situation isn’t quite what you think it is.
But one thing’s for certain: each character has their own anxieties, secrets, and dreams. Because that’s what it is to be human.
*I received this book for free from the publisher (Atria Books) in exchange for an honest review.
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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman: My Thoughts
I love how Fredrik Backman just gets people. He has this innate understanding of human nature, and knows just how to describe our deepest, most honest thoughts and feelings. It’s an incredible gift to have, and especially perfect for an author!
The story itself was somehow light-hearted and serious all at once. Backman manages to cover difficult subjects like anxiety and depression from an angle that encourages hope and healing.
One of my favorite things about Anxious People was the way it kept subverting your expectations. I love being surprised by the turn a story takes, or by a character who you thought you had all figured out – only to find out you were wrong. This story was full of surprises!
My only minor issue with the story is that it felt a bit choppy at times. The chapters would flip back and forth between characters a lot, which kept me engrossed most of the time – but every once in a while, it took me out of the story for a moment. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this story! It made me laugh, it made my heart ache, and it made me feel seen.
Darkly humorous and poignant, this is a book I’d recommend to everyone! And if you haven’t read his other books yet, I highly recommend checking out Beartown. It’s super good and packs a lot of heart.
Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) stars
Publication date: September 8th, 2020