A NoveleBook - 2017
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IndyPL_KatieB Oct 10, 2018
Although I was late to the party by reading this in 2018, Beartown is on track to make my best of list for this year. Backman's descriptions lead you to be invested in many characters, even when you guess their intentions may not be so pure. I had trouble putting this one down.
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You've never been alone. You just need to be better at choosing the company you keep.
"Sometimes life doesn't let you choose your battles. Just the company you keep."
"Sune has always been more interested in the length of the string than the size of the balloon."
"That was the morning the boy realized that the only way to become better than the bears at their own game was to stop playing it their way."
“She’s fifteen, above the age of consent, and he’s seventeen, but he’s still “the boy” in every conversation. She’s “the young woman”.
Words are not small things.”
― Fredrik Backman, Beartown
"There's a thin line between living and surviving, but there's one positive side effect of being both romantic and very competitive: you never give up." -p.123
“Community is the fact that we work toward the same goal, that we accept our respective roles in order to reach it. Values is the fact that we trust each other. That we love each other…. For me, culture is as much about what we encourage as what we actually permit.” - p. 210
“People sometimes say that sorrow is mental but longing is physical. One is a wound, the other an amputated limb, a withered petal compared to a snapped stem. Anything that grows closely enough to what it loves will eventually share the same roots. We can talk about loss, we can treat it and give it time, but biology still forces us to live according to certain rules: plants that are split down the middle don’t heal, they die.” - p. 138
“One of the plainest truths about towns and individuals is that they usually don’t turn into what we tell them to be, but what they are told they are.” - p. 73
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