Book Reviews

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

I’m going to get straight to the point – I think I might have just found my favourite book of all time. No, that’s not saying much when you don’t read a great deal but never have I ever had such a wild experience with a book like this. If any of my family or friends happen to be reading this then prepare to receive a copy for your birthday or Christmas!

Trying to describe what Anxious People is all about is so difficult. First and foremost, it’s about people. A group of people who are brought together by chance, all with different stories and struggles. There are heavy themes of anxiety here but they’re woven so intricately through the story that if you didn’t know beforehand, it would just hit you like a ton of bricks on the last page. It’s a story that made me laugh, cry and feel frustrated all at once, and somehow, just somehow, it also features one of the best crime mysteries I’ve ever had the pleasure of losing sleep over.

It wasn’t smooth sailing to begin with. The book opens with a young police officer interviewing one by one a group of people who were recently released hostages. The first to be interviewed is an estate agent and oh my goodness is she irritating. I couldn’t quite believe the way this character was talking after just being let go in a hostage situation, it seemed bizarre. I actually struggled through the first third of the book and then a puzzle piece clicked into place and things made sense, and after that I was almost grateful for my insomnia because it meant I could read faster!

When you read about the problems each character is facing, there’s bound to be something for everyone to resonate with. For me, something was so similar to what I’ve experienced that reading it made my blood go cold. It was to do with being on anti depressants and how they dull out every emotion. The tipping point for this character to want to come off them was that they were unable to cry at movies and as daft as it might sound – that’s 100% how I felt when I was on them. Movies are my passion and realising that you can’t cry when watching something so moving is an alien experience.

I think I’ve rambled enough now so I’ll leave you with this: READ THIS BOOK!

9 thoughts on “Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

  1. I am really looking forward to reading this book. I have read and LOVED A Man Called Ove and very much appreciate Frederick Backman’s writing style, it almost tugs at your heart πŸ™‚ Thank you for this review.


      1. Oh there’s a movie?? I need to watch that ASAP, thanks for letting me know haha πŸ˜€ And I would probably ask you to read the book first because normally they do leave out bits from the book in the movie πŸ™‚


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