Us Against You

Us Against You

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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When the small community of Beartown learns their amateur ice hockey team may be disbanded, the tensions mount, but a surprising new coach offers a chance at a comeback.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501160813
Characteristics: 1 online resource (435 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator


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Dec 27, 2019

A great sequel to Beartown. He definitely doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects that have been discussed recently in the media.

One must read "Beartown" first to appreciate the developments in this story. Sensitive character development and reflections on life in small town Scandinavia.

Aug 02, 2019

I enjoyed reading this novel very much and was pulled into the lives of the people living in this small community. Well written!!!! :)

Jul 31, 2019

A book full of anger, hate and regret.

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 22, 2019

Building off the characters and emotional depth of the preceding novel, Backman's latest is a powerful read that compels its audience to keep turning the pages, and to keep hoping that goodness will prevail.
Backman gets away with overblown, almost egotistical exposition prose because, in the end, he's a great writer. I wouldn't advise anyone else to try this narrative style. Even so, by half-way that fuel has run out and you wish he'd just get on with it.

The characters grow a little less than the first time around. The reader needs a little bit more suspension of disbelief, and Backman uses narrative misdirection so often that it leaves the audience dizzy and irritated. Yet, Us Against You is still a wonderful novel that brings a cold little town to life.

May 11, 2019

This was an amazing book, I have loved all the Frederick Bachman books but this one was simply the best.

May 04, 2019

Unlike Fox Larkin I can't help but think that this is a more natural depiction of people than when we are trying to be our more benevolent selves. Just look around at who leads many of the countries in the world and what they stand for as men. More and more it is about the win at any cost. Ethics and humanity are pretty much just words without real meaning.

Fredrik Backman just gets better and better.

Apr 16, 2019

The agony within and amongst the characters and the suspense of the plot made it difficult for me to put this one down.

Apr 04, 2019

While some may disagree, IMO, a tremendous author whose every word counts. Without a doubt, Beartown's characters are tortured souls whose worlds revolve around small town hockey whether they want them to or not and, yet, they somehow survive. Mr. Backman immerses the reader deeply into each character's mind and emotions and forces you to not only feel what each individual felt, but to understand and empathize as well. I will agree with some of the other reviewers that while the back and forth time sequences could be confusing, choppy, and hard to follow at times......that some of the passages were not too clear as to whom or what event he was referring, I still was moved beyond words at the raw emotions this book evoked. Even though the beginning of the book did rehash some of the events of Beartown, it was a good reminder for me of what had previously transpired.....but remember also that if someone reads this book before Beartown, they would not have the insight as to the where and why of the characters. Bottom line is that Mr. Backman is tops on my list of authors and his work is unbeatable.

Mar 23, 2019

I loved Beartown, the prequel to Us Against You: was looking forward to meeting the friends I made in the first novel: I was truly disappointed. My main objection: the intensity of the animosity between the town, between the characters themselves: the simplicity of the political corruption depicted. This novel simply just didn't work for me.

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Dec 27, 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.

Jun 30, 2018

“Sometimes good people do terrible things in the belief that they’re trying to protect what they love.” - pp. 1 - 2

Jun 30, 2018

“What does it take to be a good parent? Not much. Just everything. Absolutely everything.” - p. 4

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

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

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

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”.

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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