Us Against You

Us Against You

Book - 2018
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As a big hockey match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks between the communities of Beartown and Hed pile up, leading to the death of a local resident. The people of both towns are forced to wonder if the game they love can ever return to something simple and honest.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Simon & Schuster Canada,, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781501163128
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAC
Characteristics: 435 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew) - Translator
Alternative Title: Vi mot er. English
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This story picks up where Backman’s bestselling novel Beartown leaves off. A riveting novel about hockey rivalry in small town Sweden, it is about so much more than hockey. The obsession with the sport is a backdrop for a nuanced exploration of human behaviour, family, love and community. Backma... Read More »


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Adw555
Jan 08, 2019

How do you even begin to describe a book like this one...I still have a lump in my throat thinking about it...

A sequel to the amazing Beartown, this book makes you think long and hard about loyalty, competition, love, ambition, family, friendship and sport. It’s a book about hockey, yes, but it’s so much more than that.

Unforgettable characters Maya, Benji, Bobo, Amat, Ana, Ramona, Zackell, Teemu, Kira, Ann-Katrin….and on and on. Each character is portrayed in a realistic way, with heart wrenching, touching, honest scenes for them all. None of them are perfect, but they are all perfectly human.

Pros: Fredrick Backman’s ability to write such lyrical, touching, insightful prose astounds me...

Cons: I will admit that it took a little longer to get into this book than the last...the lives of the politicians are not nearly as interesting as those in the hockey world...but still...I was moved to tears so many times in this book and I wanted it to go on and on.

If you loved Beartown, you will love Us Against You. I will read anything this author writes.

5 stars

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LibraryLES
Dec 20, 2018

I loved "Bear Town" and was eager to read the sequel. I didn't enjoy this one. The first 1/3 of the book was a recap of the last book. The remainder of the book was just downright depressing and kept getting worse. I don't need every story to be happy, but I thought a lot of the story line was unnecessary.

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annbiggar
Nov 08, 2018

Strib op ed

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StaciaEHBurton
Oct 30, 2018

What a read !

I have been impressed by Fredrik Bachman before, specifically: My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry, but this takes the prize. Regardless of the fact that I have zero interest in the game of hockey, Fredrik makes these characters come alive so vividly that I readily chowed this down within the week's allotted time frame. Just wanting to mention how accurately this story conveys the politics of the heart on many levels.

Best - Stacia

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swheeler89
Oct 22, 2018

Agreeing with feedback... I loved Beartown and struggled with this. It was not how he used one character from a previous novel (Brit Marie from My Grandmother Asked Me...) to form a whole new novel and storyline. Us Against You spends the first 100 pages recapping Beartown and the rest stuck in his prior novel. That being said, he is the best new story-teller and I still enjoyed the book. But a big let-down compared to his prior works. Hoping for some fresh material in the future.

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charlotfun
Oct 22, 2018

I enjoyed Beartown, but this novel read like a repeat of the same story, 5 minutes later. Disappointed!

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CarleeMcDot
Oct 18, 2018

This is the follow-up book of Beartown. I really enjoyed the first book and was excited to get into this one (although, truth be told, I didn’t have overly high expectations because I was worried the first would be hard to top - sequels always tend to fall a bit short in my eyes). I started it on our plane ride to Hawaii, and, I’ve gotta say, I sort of wanted the flight to be longer so I could finish it. I wouldn’t say it was as amazing as the first (mostly because I felt like there was so much going on it was hard to dive into all of the different characters and story lines as much as I would have liked), but I definitely liked it. I really enjoy the foreshadowing done throughout the book that keeps me on my toes (the author sets you up for an event and then it happens to someone you weren’t expecting). And seeing as hockey season just started, I think it was perfect timing for me to pick up this book. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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pennys54
Oct 03, 2018

Predictable, soapy, very disappointing

JCLAmandaW Sep 19, 2018

Backman's regular attempts at philosophy and constant foreshadowing of events (with spoilers!) made it hard for me to get through this book. I did hang in to the end only because he managed to create an interesting story with characters I cared enough about to see where the story took them.

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h19835195
Sep 16, 2018

Backman has had me hooked since A Man Called Ove, but I found this particular book spent too much time going over the events of the previous book "Beartown", which made it not as enjoyable for me. However, I do love the authors ability to grasp the nuances of people, small towns, and the complexities of life. His characters are always interesting.

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 2018

It's so easy to get people to hate one another. That's what makes love so impossible to understand. Hate is so simple that it always ought to win. It's an uneven fight.

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“Sometimes good people do terrible things in the belief that they’re trying to protect what they love.” - pp. 1 - 2

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“What does it take to be a good parent? Not much. Just everything. Absolutely everything.” - p. 4

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“Sports are only sports until someone who doesn’t give a damn about sports has something to gain from them; then sports suddenly become economics.” - p. 26

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“At some point almost everyone makes a choice. Some of us don't even notice it happening, most don't get to plan it in advance, but there's always a moment when we take one path instead of another that has consequences for the rest of our lives. It determines the people we will become, in other people's eyes as well as your own.” - p.336

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“The complicated thing about good and bad people alike is that most of us can be both at the same time.” - p. 368

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“..communities are like ice, not water. They don’t suddenly flow in new directions because you ask them to, they change inch by inch, like glaciers. Sometimes they don’t move at all”.

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Pigmama6
Jun 26, 2018

"Why does anyone love team sports? Because we want to be part of a group? For some people the answer is simply that a team is a family. For anyone who needs an extra one or never had one in the first place."

DBRL_ReginaF Jun 21, 2018

"He’s twelve years old, and this summer he learns that people will always choose a simple lie over a complicated truth, because the lie has one unbeatable advantage: the truth always has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe."

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