“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – 4.25/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: fireworks, IKEA furniture, opening houses, interviews, bank robbers, tulips, pizza, rabbit heads, stockholmers, suicide attempts, a bowl of limes and the worst hostages ever.
I’m not even going to waste my time trying to explain what this book is all about, because I wouldn’t even know where to start. This is such a weird book, but not in the bad sense. If you asked me what this book is really about, my only answer would be exactly: anxious people. But to not be so cryptical, I will say it all starts with a bank robber taking hostages at an open house showing. But trust me, that’s not even the important part, it’s so much more than that! My advice for you would be to go into the book without knowing too much about it. Just enjoy the experience… you’ll be in for a treat! There are a lot of twists and turns, and also a lot of surprises that will knock your socks off.
Fredrik Backman is one of those authors who has a very specific style of writing, and it definitely shows in this book. So if you like his work, it is most likely that you will like this book. I think he is an amazing author and if you never read anything from him before, you should definitely give him an opportunity.
I have to highlight the humour of it all, which is balanced perfectly with more serious topics. I laughed so many times throughout the book because of the characters and dialogs. The group of characters was hilarious and I swear I felt the frustration of the poor police officer who was trying to interview all the hostages. It’s weird how a book can both warm and break your heart.
It’s a book that reminds us that we are all human and we all have struggles and make mistakes, and that is okay. You can sense a very strong feeling for human connection and forgiveness with this book. I was very happy to see how everything came together so nicely and the surprising ending. If this was a real story, I would completely restore my faith in humanity.
I will say I lost some interest as the book progressed, but nothing too serious. I really did enjoy the book and I would still recommend it to everyone I know. I think the worst thing you can think about this book is that it’s interesting, and that’s saying a lot in my opinion.