Us Against You by Fredrik Backman @MichaelJBooks #mustread #20BooksofSummer


Author : Fredrik Backman
Title : Us Against You
Series : Björnstad #2
Pages : 448
Publisher : Michael Joseph Books
Publication date : June 14, 2018


A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two.

Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow.

How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time?


Something happens to me when I start reading a Fredrik Backman novel. A sort of chemistry I can’t quite explain. It almost feels like falling in love with the words and the characters. There’s something incredibly magical about Backman’s writing. Even when it seems little is happening, I find myself completely enthralled as if I’m under a spell.

Us Against You is the sequel to the fabulous Beartown/The Scandal, which ended up being my favourite book last year. Picking up after the dramatic events, it only took me a few seconds to become reacquainted with the forest, the town and its residents. The town is struggling in the aftermath of the big scandal and the ice hockey club is threatened with closure due to a lack of players and sponsors. But if Beartown doesn’t have its club, what does it have? What is left when the heart of the town stops beating?

Us Against You is sometimes moving and quite heartbreaking. At times it managed to leave a smile on my face, other times I had a massive lump in my throat. The story is always realistic, its characters believable while constantly showing the worst and the best side of mankind, making it incredibly thought-provoking and also hopeful.

Fredrik Backman is a wonderful storyteller. It almost feels as if you’re sitting in a pub with someone who’s telling you the story of Beartown and I once again became utterly invested in the lives of these characters, hurting with them and rooting for them. They wormed their way into my heart from the start and I won’t be forgetting any of them in a hurry.

Beautifully written and incredibly captivating, Us Against You is as much of a gem as Beartown/The Scandal is and it has caused another massive book hangover. I’m quietly hoping for a third instalment in this series. There are more stories to tell, I’m sure, but quite frankly, I’d take any excuse to return to Beartown. In the meantime, I’ll be trying very hard to catch up on some of Fredrik Backman’s other novels.

My thanks to the publisher for my review copy, which I received via Netgalley.

Us Against You is available to buy!

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  22 comments for “Us Against You by Fredrik Backman @MichaelJBooks #mustread #20BooksofSummer

  1. June 21, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I just (finally!) finished Beartown and I’ll be starting this one soon. I’m so glad to see that you loved it. I love everything he writes and agree with all you said about his writing.

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  2. June 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Ugh…I still need to read Beartown! Glad you loved this one 😊

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  3. June 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by Backman, ugh!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 22, 2018 at 10:30 am

      😂 I’m sure there are plenty of other authors I’ve not yet read anything by.


  4. Yvo
    June 21, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Fab review! Backman is one of my absolute favorite authors and I really need to get a copy of this one… Beartown was a slowburner for me, but if book two is as good as the second part, I will LOVE it. It will be hard to beat A Man Called Ove for me though. Or My Grandmother, which was fantastic as well. ❤

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    • June 22, 2018 at 10:28 am

      I wouldn’t say this one is much faster paced than Beartown but I think that’s what I like so much about it and his writing. It allows you to get completely immersed.

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      • Yvo
        June 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm

        Oh good! I can’t wait to dive into Us Against You now. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  5. June 22, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Your sentiments about this book (and this author) mirror mine almost exactly. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 22, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Have you read his other ones? I’ve heard such great things about A Man Called Ove.

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      • June 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        I’ve read everything he has written. “A man called Ove” is probably my favourite, though I loved them all.

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  6. Susie | Novel Visits
    June 22, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Terrific review. I loved this one, too. (Maybe even more than Beartown.) Those first few pages felt like coming home!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 22, 2018 at 10:26 am

      It really did! I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who feels like that!


  7. Ova
    June 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Definitely agree he has a magical way of telling- that effects our chemistry. I think it’s the viewing-from-camera-like narration. As if we’re wandering in and out, around Beartown with him..
    I read last week and loved this too! Need to write a review as well.. Well done. Great review.

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    • June 22, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Yes, that’s exactly it! It’s absolutely like being there in the town!


  8. June 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Lovely review Eva. 😍 Why have I not read Beartown yet??

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 24, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      I don’t know but I feel like you should start correcting the error of your ways 😂

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 24, 2018 at 9:17 pm

        Haha I promised Janel I would try to read it next month along with Block 46! 😂


  9. Jo
    June 24, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    So excited to read this one now, despite my initial reservations. Great review, and sorry I’m coming to it a little late! x

    Liked by 1 person

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