Fredrik Backman is well known for his quirky debut A Man Called Ove, My Mother Sends Her Regards and Apologies and Britt-Marie Was here. His previous book, The Scandal (now being released as Beartown) was a lot darker and full of small town politics. Us Against You is the stand alone sequel to Beartown. You can read it without having read Beartown but do yourself a favour and read both.
It’s not many books that make me shed a tear but this made me tear up on numerous occasions. The story continues from the terrible events that happened in Beartown a few months previously. It tells the story of best friends Maya and Ana who spend their whole summer trying to be invisible from the townspeople, but they have to return to school and face the music at some stage. It tells the story of rival ice hockey teams from neighbouring towns struggle for money, power and sponsorship. It explodes when a closely guarded secret of one of the best hockey players is exposed. The entire community has to choose – to stand by their player or what they believe in. People will die and people will overcome their fears. It’s a powerful story and one of the best I have read this year.
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