Man Called OveTitle:  A Man Called Ove

Author:  Fredrik Backman
Release Date:  July 15, 2014
Publisher:  Atria Books
Source:  Borrowed

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon – the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. 

He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. (Goodreads)

My Review:

This was one of my book club reads as I don’t think I would have ever picked it up on my own. But thank goodness for book club, because I really enjoyed this book!

I think that everyone has come across an Ove at some point in their lives. Personally, I’ve known more than a few – the old curmudgeon who is a stickler for rules, but with a heart of gold once you get to know them.

Poor Ove just wants to be left alone so he can join his beloved wife Sonja, who recently passed away. Too bad his neighbors keep interrupting his plans!

Really loved Ove’s new neighbors, who keep butting into his life whether he liked it or not! Especially Parvaneh, an Iranian immigrant married to an easy-going, slightly befuddled Swede. Watching her learn to drive was hilarious!

Anyone else think her oldest daughter was a little mini-Ove? Just me? Okay….

And the determined cat who won’t leave Ove alone made me smile. I’ve never known a cat to behave the way this one does, but guess he was special. Thank goodness Parvaneh saved his life!

Overall, I really enjoyed the writing, thought it was well paced, and liked all of the characters. Even Ove! A little embarrassed to admit that I even teared up a time or two….okay, I admit it, I cried.

This seems to be one of those books that you either love or hate, as my book club was split 50-50 on our reactions.

I loved it!

If you’ve read this one, would love to hear what you thought! Did you love Ove as much as I did, or did he annoy you to the point where you couldn’t finish reading? What did you think of Parvaneh and her family? She was one of my favorite characters!

If you haven’t read this one yet, go pick up a copy and be sure to let me know what you think!

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