Britt-Marie Was Here- Fredrik Backman

The story revolves around a “nag-hag” woman who has just left her cheating husband and gets a job in the city of Borg working for the recreation center. The city itself is barely a full town with only a pizzeria and a florist shop opened. There, she finds herself responsible for a gaggle of children in an impoverished area in a great need of cleaning. Her husband Kent and her new romantic interest Sven head-off for her attention. Sami, Vega, and Omar challenge the construct of a typical home life. Somebody, a 40-year-old alcoholic, runs the hub of the city out of a pizza shop that dabbles in illegal goods.

I wasn’t expecting that I will enjoy this book. I love Britt-Marie’s seriousness mix with unexpected humor. I like the way she perceived her new life away from comfort. Her royal crankiness and her manic cleaning character are absolutely a memorable story to tell.

Also, it tells us that we should not judge other people based on what we see outside. Britt-Marie is quite unlikeable, socially awkward and fussy, but just like us, she has a dream, a warm and courageous heart. Just like the rest of the characters, they taught us what is really matters in life, and we mattered.

Britt-Marie’s message is all about stepping outside your comfort zone. We all know change comes with uncertainty, we fear it most of the time. Because of that it is easier for us to stay than move forward into the unknown. But this book tells us that if you want to change something in your life, no matter where you are, how old you are, there is always a way and choice to be made. It’s never too late to navigate our lives.

Verdict: 9/10

“Milk and Sugar?’ the girl asks, pouring some coffee into a plastic mug. Britt-Marie doesn’t judge anyone. Far from it. But who would behave like that? A plastic mug! Are we at war?”.

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