Anxious People Book Review

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Backman has done it again. This book was everything I was hoping it would be. His ability to interject humor into heavy subjects is nothing less than masterful. His characters come to life and I just want to hug them, slap sense into them, pinch them, punch them but also be their friend. There were so many lines from this book (especially from the interviews) that I read out loud to my husband because they were so witty.

Zara – oh goodness, I loved Zara. I love an honest and brazen character. She was definitely my favorite. Here is just one nugget: “Zara could have gone up to the real estate agent and pointed that out, if only the real estate agent hadn’t been a human being, and if only Zara hadn’t hated human beings. Especially when they spoke.”

Even the characters I thought I wasn’t going to like, I understood at the end. I think, no I KNOW, I would have enjoyed being one of the hostages.

While Backman infused humor throughout, I didn’t feel like he downplayed or ridiculed the serious subjects. He just made them a little easier to digest.

This is a MUST READ in my book.

The truth of course is that if people really were as happy as they look on the Internet, they wouldn’t spend so much damn time on the Internet, because no one who’s having a really good day spends half if it taking pictures of themselves.

F. Backman from Anxious People

Look, I don’t describe people by their height. That’s really excluding. I mean, I’m short, and I know that can give a lot of tall people a complex.

London from Anxious People, when responding to a policeman’s question about the height of a suspect


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4 thoughts on “Anxious People Book Review

  1. Ahaa!! Zara was my favourite too! All those theories of hers were my totally my thing. But then again, all those anxious characters were really interesting to read about. I really liked the idea of how Backman infused complex human emotions into a simple, convincing way. Like the way he explained as to why the bank robber wanted to rob a bank and why the person wanted to jump into the water. Well, there is lot to talk about but anyway, really liked your post💗⭐.

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  2. Thank you Stuti. I also thought the author did a great job helping us understand some of those heavier moments. I though maybe London would have hidden connection to someone in the apartment. Did you? I loved everything about Estelle too. I was so happy for her and the bank robber in the end. (Trying to avoid spoilers!).

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    1. Yup, I really liked how everything turned out in the end. And I especially liked the turn of events that fell into the life of the Jack at the end😉 and also Estelle and the bank robber’s fate came to a satisfying end. Coming back to your question, well i didn’t anticipate anything about London having any connection to any hostages.

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