Rating: 5 Stars
Author: Fredrik Backman
Backman has created a funny and heart wrenching portrayal of growing old. This book toyed with my emotions. I hated Ove. I loved Ove. I cried over Ove. I laughed at him. But most of all, I rooted for him. The novel is a phenomenal depiction of the loneliness that can accompany growing old as well as the jubilations and trials along the way. I will probably be staying indoors for a while to avoid running into any senior citizens. I fear I might attempt to hug them and tell them how valuable they are as an individual (and if I find someone like Ove, I may get punched in the nose). This book is absolutely worth the time investment and I'm looking forward to the film.