Us Against You

Us Against You

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501160790
1501160796
9781501160806
150116080X
Characteristics: 435 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator

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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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wmtlady
Sep 13, 2018

"Beartown" is the book preceding this one. For some reason, Backman felt it wasn't enough to make some scattered references to what took place in that book; he takes a full third of this book to rehash and philosophize about the former story. Then he carries on with "the rest of the story." I had to take away a star from this very good book because of how arduous and wearying it was to read that beginning third part. Again, the editors seem to give writers a free hand once they knock off a few winners. Aside from that, Backman fans will find this a rewarding read.

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abbi_g
Sep 07, 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."

Fredrik Backman can do no wrong in my eyes. I love his writing. I love his stories. I love his characters. I love his novels!

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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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