A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman | Review

“People said One saw the world in black and white. But she was colour. All the colour he had.”





A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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.


Am I allowed to knock a star off because this book didn’t make me cry? Because that is exactly what I have done. I feel like I shouldn’t do that due to the fact I am pretty heartless and can count on 1 hand the amount of books that have ever made me cry. Ever. But when I posted about the fact I planned to read this book SO many people told me how emotional it was and how much it would make me cry, but it didn’t. That disappoints me.

I feel like I need to say trigger warnings for loss, grief and suicide.

This is in no way a negative review. I loved this book so much. I loved Ove, getting to know him from being the miserable old man that lives next door to being one of the kindest characters I have ever read about. I love how fiercely he loves his wife and continues to do so after she has dies. I liked that we got to know about their relationship as well as how Ove is now coping in the present day.

At first, I found the writing style a little bit difficult to get into. I dont know why that was, but after the first 50 pages I got used to it and found that it was an easy read. I enjoyed the different chapters and loved their titles, I found myself excited to get to a new chapter to find out what it was called. What I also liked is that we went into the past and got to know in depth the relationship Ove had with his wife. God, if my marriage can be as strong as theirs then I will be very happy.

Ove as a character is wonderful. Obviously, at first he is the mean old man that as a reader I found myself getting angry about. However, as you get to know him, get to know what he is going through you really do learn to love him. At the end, the kindness that he radiates is so heartwarming. His good deeds just made me feel all warm inside. I want to meet a man like Ove.

I’m not going to say much, but that ending. That ending whilst it didn’t make me cry, did break my heart. But at the same time satisfied me also. I dont want to go into it because of spoilers but I feel like if Ove was a real person he would be happy with the way the story ended and for me that’s okay.

I definitely recommend that you pick this book up, even if you are as heartless as I am!

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