BOOK REVIEW – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

Published September 8th 2020 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 25th 2019)

All the stars!!!!!

I have read a few of Fredrik Backman’s previous novels and really enjoyed them. However, this one is definitely my favorite. I had the audiobook and ebook. I thought both were excellent and I enjoyed alternating between them.

This was a story about many different things.  This story starts with a bad idea, an almost robbery, and an unintentional hostage situation.

But I mustn’t forget…

It is also a story about idiots.

The day before New Year’s Eve,  a 39-year-old wannabe bank robber attempts to rob a bank. When things don’t go as planned, the “robber” hurries away and runs up the stairs of a nearby building and into the first open door they see. An apartment that just happens to be filled with people. An apartment viewing has now turned into a hostage situation. The almost robber is very apologetic and tries to reassure the unintentional hostages that this wasn’t how it was supposed to go….

 “I’m very sorry about that! I’m having quite a complicated day here!”

Time passes and the tension in the apartment grows. The people inside start to share things about themselves and these revelations will have readers wondering what could possibly happen next!

Did I already say how much I LOVED this book?

Fredrik Backman has a terrific understanding of people and the things that connect us all. A writer who makes me laugh about the everyday things in life.

To really enjoy this novel, readers may have to overlook things that seem unlikely.

Some parts felt like they were written specifically for me. I am an anxious person and I’m occasionally an idiot who is just trying to get their chaos under control too.

“Those of us who aren’t twenty can probably agree that most twenty-year-olds are wrong so often that most of them would have just a one in four chance of answering a yes or no question correctly.” 

My twenty-year-old daughter didn’t find that quote as hilarious as I did…

Thought-provoking and intelligent with some excellent twists. A story about connections. A story about how one life affects another in a single moment. I frequently found myself laughing out loud and also got choked up a time or two (or five). It also has many unforgettable characters.


Parenting — “You’re always judged by your worst moments. You can do a million things right, but if you do one single thing wrong you’re forever that parent who was checking his phone in the park when your child was hit in the head by a swing.”

Being an adult — “The terrible thing about becoming an adult is being forced to realize that absolutely nobody cares about us, we have to deal with everything ourselves now, find out how the whole world works. Work and pay bills, use dental floss and get to meetings on time, stand in line and fill out forms, come to grips with cables and put furniture together, change tires on the car and charge the phone and switch the coffee machine off and not forget to sign the kids up for swimming classes.”

I’m thrilled that there are books from this author that I haven’t yet read. I honestly can’t wait to check them out too.

A unique, heartwarming, and unforgettable novel!

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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