In this bestselling and “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
I finished this book last night. And cried. Many times during the past couple weeks, as I read this book, I laughed out loud, I smiled, I cried, and I missed Richard with an intensity that I found surprising. No, Richard wasn't like Ove. Well not exactly like Ove. But there was so much about Ove that reminded me of Richard . I was sad. Richard had staunch principles and strict routines. But he wasn't grouchy, nor did he have a short fuse. But, like Ove, he would have put anything off to help another person in any way that he could. And I can't help but feel that if I had died before him he would have been trying to find a way to join me as soon as he could. He loved me that much. I am not bragging! I just know how much he loved me.
I loved this book!! I am giving it 5 stars*****. That is the most I ever give a book. It is very charming. The characters are well developed. The plot is excellent. And I fell madly in love with Ove. And I cried my eyes out when the book ended.