Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

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A bank robber accidentally takes a group of people attending an apartment open house hostage. Throughout Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, unlikely and powerful bonds are formed between the hostages.

My Overall Thoughts on Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Honestly, I was frustrated through at least half of this book. Fredrik Backman’s writing style is one to get used to on a good day, and I think he took Anxious People to a whole entire other level. However, after getting through the book and realizing why the first half was written the way it was, I developed a deep appreciation for Backman’s writing style, and actually laughed looking back on it.

Some of the characters were so unlikable, which almost always makes me enjoy a book more. I like having a character I can really root for, and a character or two that I just totally dislike. This book provided plenty of characters to choose from.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman book quote: "They say that a person's personality is the sum of their experience. But that isn't true, at leasat not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we'd never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we're more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows."

Would I Recommend This Book?

Just like any of Backman’s other books, this one takes the right mindset. From what I’ve seen, people either love the book or don’t love it. I always say that not every book is for every one, and that’s okay. However, I’ll always recommend this book. To me, the ending is well worth struggling through the beginning and middle. The end of the story helps you to understand why the rest of the book was so frustrating.

Get Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

I got my copy of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman from Book of the Month. You can check it out via my referral link here.

If you’d prefer to snag it without a book subscription, Amazon carries it.

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