Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry- Fredrik Backman

I want to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book for review.

Absolutely one of the best. I love, loved his previous book, A Man Called Ove. When I saw that he was coming out with another book, I had to check Netgalley right away!

I started this book at the beginning of our road trip home and was finished about half way through. I just could not put it down! A beautiful story about a 7 year old girl and the adventure her crazy awesome grandmother sends her on, after her death. "Because all seven-year-olds deserve superheroes. And whoever disagrees with that needs their head examined."

Elsa is a "different" child and so much more mature than her classmates. This causes her to catch the eyes of all the bullies in her school. It's so heartbreaking to see what this poor girl is going through. How horrible our school systems really are... That's another story for another time. The hero here is, her grandmother. She's always there for her, always. She ends up making up a whole fairy tale world that includes all these different kingdoms. It gets a big hard to get into the story at first because we are just getting a lot of these fairy tale stories. What ends up happening though, is that her grandma is using the fairytales to tell her the stories of the people around her. Also, how to give her life lessons that are so important.

You then really have to start paying attention to the fairy tales to see if you can figure out which neighbor they are about. When she passes, she has Elsa deliver these letters to all their neighbors about apologizing for various things. In this time, Elsa gets to know them and learn things about her grandmother that she doesn't like so much.

The journey is just beautiful. You get to learn all these different things about the neighbors that are so surprising. I laughed out loud many times and then cried many more. This story will pull at your heartstrings at times.
Such an amazing writer, I cannot wait for his next one!

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