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Jun 08, 2021ArapahoeMorgan rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Eight strangers are taken hostage by a bank robber during an apartment's open house. Their anxieties and motivations are more alike than they realize, or care to admit!
Jun 05, 2021LinChi rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Finished June 4 2021. It's a ridiculous, heart-warming and quirky story. Everybody is dumb but intentionally so (though it was annoying to read at times). Everybody is connected to everybody else in some coincidence relating to the…
Jun 04, 2021Deb222 rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
Yuk! Did not like it at all
Jun 02, 2021MrsRedbeard rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A funny, entertaining, story about love. Well written, enjoyable, laugh out loud funny story. This a great read, the plot moves, the characters become known and it is a wonderful book.
May 08, 2021writermala rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This book is actually a poignant tale dealing with a serious subject - suicide. However, Backman has couched it in comedy and it comes out as a satire. A Bank Robber in a failed robbery attempt stumbles into an apartment open house where…
May 05, 2021jrn520 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Funny and sad. A great translation. I'm hooked.
May 05, 2021
Recommended by Ellen May ‘21
May 02, 2021atchfive rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Oh boy some of you fans may not like this review but I hope to save at least one person a couple of hours. Very annoying writing style - felt stupid reading it. Just could not feel connected to this scattered and ridiculous storyline. I…
Apr 26, 2021
Apr 18, 2021cknightkc rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I’m an unabashed fan of author Fredrik Backman and have read nearly all his books. But I must admit I wasn’t immediately captivated by ANXIOUS PEOPLE. It wasn’t until I was a third of the way into it that its charm took hold of me, and I…
Apr 11, 2021jaglowgla82 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Best book ever! Absolutely loved this book from the beginning till the end. In Backman’s Anxious People, tells the story how people in society are more connected than they think. This book was extremely hilarious. After 2020, this was the…
Apr 11, 2021pozrob rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
If you have never read Backman, I wouldn’t recommend starting with this offering. Start with .....Ove or My Grandmother......This is a complex tale of Ying and Yang of the human condition complete with a cast of quirky characters that one…
Mar 28, 2021veneciaa rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
There's a lot going on in this book. Overall, it's an exciting, surprising read with some good nuggets of wisdom.
Mar 26, 2021bobdahlbad rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is a great read but also one of the hardest of all his books. His stories never follow a straight plot line and with all the characters, the time line changes and the character back stories, while you're entertained, you might also…
Mar 25, 2021nelady rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved reading “anxious people!” The author skillfully created 10 believable characters, building layers of complexity to each character, as the book progressed. I finish this book several days ago and still find my mind engaged with it;…
Mar 22, 2021jenna_brost rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book is an absolute treasure. I don’t think I can quite describe why as eloquently as some previous comments. But when I finished the book, I was sad it was over and yet so thankful I had read it! I can see how Backman’s writing…
Mar 20, 2021Hillsboro_JeanineM rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I loved how Backman told the story and how it unfolded with characters lives intertwining in the past and coming together in the present. It is ultimately a heart-warming tale with some twists.
Mar 17, 2021
I love how he explains how children and young people view the world.
Mar 12, 2021toodles54 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Backman has his own unique style. He reveals, opines, and surprises at every turn. Comedy? No, too much tragedy going on here to be fully comic. Ok, so it's a tragedy? No, there's no tragedy that makes you laugh out loud to this extent.…
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Mar 12, 2021JCLJenV rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
When I first started this book I thought it should have been named, ‘Annoying People’. But about halfway through - the story and the characters found more depth and Fredrick Backman worked his magic and I fell in love with the story.
Mar 01, 2021Bookworm1136 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
4 -4 1/2 stars. I think I expected a different kind of book as I found it a bit hard to get into the book at the beginning. But then I got it and found the book to be an interesting read. A bank robber who tried to rob a cashless bank…
Feb 17, 2021NedSu rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The author takes a different route to finding our characters spirit and personality. He looks at the 8 characters from so many angles that their true nature is not revealed until the end. It is a tale the offers delight and sadness, pokes…
Feb 13, 2021rclane rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Well-written populist brainfiller.
Jan 23, 2021readinJC rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Only the 2nd Backman book I've read (after A Man Called Ove), and I loved this one! A bit confusing in the timeline, with some necessary repetition, but stick with this book. Interesting characters, location, excellent backstories, and…
Jan 20, 2021sandraperkins rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book so much that I read it twice! As I read it the first time, I was a bit impatient with some of the characters, who appeared to be unusually obtuse and difficult. But I kept reading anyway, and I am so glad I did: the…