US AGAINST YOU
I think at this point that I can safely say that Fredrik Backman is my favourite author. I absolutely love how he can combine bittersweet and painful life experiences with humour and heartwarming moments. Us Against You is the second book in the Beartown series and I’m so happy he wrote another book in this world - I definitely wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters. I can’t say enough about these books, I will recommend them to everyone looking for something wonderful to read. This book took me 6 hours to read and I give it a full five stars.
After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local junior hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. As the tension between the two towns simmers, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to try to save the Beartown club.
Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more heated.
As the big game between Beartown and Hed approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.