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Us Against You

(Björnstad #2)

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After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local 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. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a sur ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Atria Books (first published August 21st 2017)
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Susanne Strong
5 Gut-Wrenching, Sock-it-to Me Stars!

Some of my favorite people, live in one of the most memorable of towns and they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Most however, wear their hearts on their jerseys. Their Hockey Jerseys that is. They used to be all the same. Then something happened. Something bad. And now Beartown and all of its residents are divided. Now it’s Bear v. Bull: Beartown v. Hed. And their hearts, as well as ours have been torn apart. “Us Against You.”

Peter Andersson’s life has be
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did. We'll end up saying that violence came to Beartown this summer, but that will be a lie; the violence was already here. Because sometimes hating one another is so easy that it seems incomprehensible that we ever do anything else.

Have you ever loved a book so much you think your heart might explode? That's precisely what I feel might happen each time I pick up a Backman novel set in the world of Beartown. The style of writing is wholly his own, but the aut
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James
Where does one begin when it comes to describing an author whose books constantly amaze you to the point you cannot easily put them down for any reason other than an emergency? Fredrik Backman has struck gold with the second book in the Beartown series, Us Against You. After I survived a book daze last year with the series debut, I read another of his works which catapulted Backman into my top 5 of favorite authors. Once I learned he had written a second book in the Beartown series (they are all ...more
Elyse Walters
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Communities are like ice, not water. They don’t suddenly flow in new directions because you ask them to, they change centimeter by centimeter, like glaciers. Sometimes they don’t move at all”.

When winter comes to Beartown and Hed....everyone talks about Hockey. Some people support the red team - others the green team. Both teams have had their share of wins.

I thought “Beartown” was *exceptional* - Backman’s darkest most complex book — It had ‘everything’: incredible stories about each of the
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Meredith
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Emotionally Gutting


Us Against You is the emotionally charged sequel to Beartown. Hockey still rules, but emotions are high, the town is falling apart, new friendships are formed and new enemies are made. There’s also a new coach, a new villain, and a new love connection. Secrets are exposed, friendships crumble, and sadly some characters don’t survive. Most significantly, hatred has spread its ugly wings leading to horrible consequences. But in the end, love conquers.

I just finished
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Matthew
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Backman crawled in my chest and found each heartstring.

Then he pulled . . .

Then he pulled harder . . .

And, now, I am a blubbering mess!

This is a more than worthy sequel for the fantastic novel, Beartown. If you are looking for a duology that IS humanity and IS characters, this is it! Storytelling, storytelling, did I mention STORYTELLING! Welcome to about 50 different lives – not all of whom you will agree with, but in the end you will likely sympathize or empathize with.

I have had some great e
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Paromjit
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beartown is a town struggling to survive, left shell shocked and reeling after traumatic events swept through it with the force of a destructive emotional hurricane. We return to the place where hockey is loved with a religious passion, defining the community identity, with returning old and new characters. Any lover of sport will love and relate to this story, and those readers that are not should know that whilst this is ostensibly about hockey, it is in reality a tale of all that it is to be ...more
Angela M
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Beartown is a hockey town by a forest in Sweden, but that won’t tell you much unless you know what it means to be a hockey town where lives are dominated by the sport and the thought of losing the team is devastating to so many. In “Beartown”, Backman says: “Why does anyone care about hockey?...Because it tells stories. " Indeed it tells stories once again in this sequel. This town feels familiar - the place in the forest, this hockey town , a community of parents and children still reeling from
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Larry H
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"...we only pretend hockey is complicated, because it isn't really. When you strip away all the nonsense surrounding it, the game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you."

Frederick Backman's Beartown (see my review) was probably the best or second-best book I read last year. This story of a Swedish town that is literally obsessed with hockey, and which faces a crisis that will practically tear the town apart, surprised, delighted, and devastated me, all
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Julie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman is a 2018 Atria Books publication.

A sullen, yet optimistic examination of a town suffering an identity crisis and the residents who must learn to adjust to a new normal-

While many of us became fans of Fredrik Backman because of his unique ability to weave whimisical stories, featuring quirky, but loveable characters. This method of presentation often softened the darker tones. With Beartown, however, Backman didn’t sugarcoat the darker elements and created an e
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jessica
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'beartown' is one of my absolute favourite books (see my review here), so its only fitting that 2018 is barely halfway over and i already know ‘us against you’ will be the best book i will have read this year, if ever. with each book being one half of a beautifully broken heart.

fredrik backman is one of the most talented storytellers i have ever read and this book is proof. there is so much strength and power in his writing. his words are so rich and full, that i can only read so much at a time
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Kendall
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 gut wrenching bang bang stars!!

I fell in love with Beartown last year by Backman and had the highest expectations for Us Against You. Well.. ..my friends I have to tell you... don't worry your pretty little heads because Backman delivers exceptionally well ONCE again.

Backman delivers a raw and beautifully well executed novel that makes you feel vulnerable in ways you can't imagine! Oh my gosh.... I was a sobbing mess with a SEVERE case of goosebumps upon the final page of this book. It's cont
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Diane S ☔
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was the best of times and the worst of times. This is a fitting quote for what is going on in Beartown since the end of the last book. Beartown has lost many of their best hockey players to Hed, their own hockey team has lost most of their support and sponsor money. But then, seemingly a miracle, a politician gets involved, new factory, new someone, new coach, a woman. Peter gets to keep his job as General Manager. Politics and sports should never mix, as many will find out by books end.

So ma
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I have read all of Fredrik Backman’s books and Beartown was probably my favorite. I know I’m in the minority here but “Us Against You” just didn’t elicit the same emotions for me, it was a bit of a disappointment. After I read Beartown I felt as though it was complete story and so I was a little surprised that the author chose to revisit the town again.

The first 30% of the book dealt pretty much with getting the reader caught up with the characters from Beartown and what had happe
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Theresa Alan
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“It’s so easy to get people to hate each other. That’s what makes love so impossible to understand. Hate is so simple that it always ought to win. It’s an uneven fight.”

I hadn’t read Beartown, so the beginning of this book threw me because I didn’t realize it was the second in a series. Once I got into the characters that make up the town and the hockey team that the town revolves around, it stood on its own just fine. For much of the last fifth of this novel, I had tears in my eyes.

Beartown is
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Carol
4+ Stars

No hockey in BEARTOWN? It just can't be!

We all know hockey is an addiction in this small failing community....the only thing really, except for snow, icy roads and a thick (sometimes dangerous) forest where one can hide....or discover secrets. It's still a hard life hereabouts....harder for some after the scandal....it affected so many....some took their revenge....others are still hurting....and some so burned with hatred, they now turn to violence.

In the sequel, US AGAINST YOU Fredri

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Cheri
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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”In his final season, on his final night
Buddy and a Finn goon were pegged for a fight
Thirty seconds left, the puck took a roll
And suddenly Buddy had a shot on goal

“The goalie committed, Buddy picked his spot
Twenty years of waiting went into that shot
The fans jumped up, the Finn jumped too
And coldcocked Buddy on his follow through
The big man crumbled but he felt all right
'Cause the last thing he saw
was the flashing red light
He saw that heavenly light

-- Hit Somebody!(The Hoc
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❄️Nani❄️
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can honestly say I can now die a happy person.

An emotional mess, yes. But happy nonetheless that I’ve finally read my long awaited book.
JanB
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

Old characters reappear and new characters are introduced in this book, the follow-up to last year's phenomenal hit, Beartown. There's drama, marital difficulties, bullying, rivalries, political machinations, and heartbreak. This book may not have the impact of Beartown but fans will have much to enjoy with this new novel. Backman excels at insights into human nature and writing characters that are easy to care for.

The writing is beautiful with excellent character development. Many passages made
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Edward Lorn
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hardcover
Us Against You is an emotional rollercoaster with some of the best and worst storytelling elements on display. What I liked about the book is simple: it made me feel; it made me cry. What I didn't like about it is far more complicated, so let's discuss that in greater detail.

While I did love the characters in this book, I only think that's the case because I got to know them so well in the first book, Beartown, which I gave a glowing five-star review to. In Beartown, the book seemingly dragged f
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Marialyce
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
At first before writing this review, I thought I should let my thoughts settle and mull things over a bit. However, after thinking about it, I decided to take the plunge and write of my feelings for the extremely popular book. Looking at the ratings, there seems to be very few who do not believe in the validity of this tale and although I have many misgivings about this book, I do feel there was merit in its telling.

What I liked most were the people who stood by one another. Through thick and th
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Erin
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
5 fantastically wild bear chants to raise the rink roof

Beartown was one of my favorite books of 2017 and so it comes as no surprise that book two in the Swedish hockey town trilogy was highly anticipated and it didn't disappoint. Like its predecessor, I was hooked from the very beginning. The little town thought that the worst had already happened but it seems fate isn't done with them yet. For maximum enjoyment I would encourage future readers to read Beartown first to fully understand the
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Bianca
This is the sixth Fredrik Backman book I read. He’s become one of my favourite writers, so it’s always exciting to read something new from him.

Us Against You continues to delve into the lives of some of Beartown’s inhabitants. We are acquainted with many of them from his previous novel, Beartown (also known as Scandal in other countries).

Again, at the centre of this novel we have the Beartown Hockey Team manager – Peter Andersson, his lawyer wife, Kira, their kids, Maya, 16 and Leo, 12. What hap
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Sue
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Us Against You is a difficult book. Maybe because of the inflated egos reaching for power and not concerned who they step on. Or maybe it’s because of the powerless who can’t help themselves. Or perhaps it’s due to the repetition of themes that hammers in the points. It is, admittedly, an effective story of two towns in conflict, ostensibly over hockey, but actually over so much more.

I think my sadness on reading this book is not only from the book but from the life of the world around me that
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Hamad
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

“Sometimes people have to be allowed to have something to live for in order to survive everything else.”


🌟 Fredrik Backman is easily now among my favorite authors. My favorite authors are mostly fantasy authors and I am happy that Fredrik claimed the title “My favorite contemporary author”.

🌟 I finished this and immediately checked all his other books and I want to read them all. If you take a qu
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Arah-Lynda
You come out at night
That's when the energy comes
And the dark side's light
And the vampires roam
You strut your rasta wear
And your suicide poem
And a cross from a faith
That died before Jesus came
You're building a mystery

Sarah McLachlan

Take a look around. It is easy to see that this story is a big hit with readers. And it is easy to see why. It is after all, a great human interest tale that is very well told.

So why the middle of the road rating? Perhaps the fault is mine. I mean I loved Beartown,
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Maxwell
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, i-own-it, arc, translated
4.5 stars Dare I say that I enjoyed this even more than Beartown??? I just love the characters so much, so getting to spend more time with them and see them develop even more was fantastic. Backman knows how to throw a gut punch too and this book had me gasping, laughing and tearing up. I can't say much more because it is a sequel and it doesn't come out until June, but I really loved it and will continue to read anything he publishes! Thanks again to Atria Books for sending an early copy my wa ...more
Malia
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
“It’s hard to care about people. Exhausting, in fact, because empathy is a complicated thing. It requires us to accept that everyone else’s lives are also going on the whole time. We have no pause button for when everything gets too much for us to deal with, but then neither does anyone else.”
― Fredrik Backman, Us Against You

It feels as if it took me FOREVER to finish this book, but it wasn't because I didn't like it. It's just a heavy sort of book, and though it is written in the same vein as
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Matt
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Marty Fried
Shelves: audiobook
I admit to being late for the Fredrik Backman love-in, but readily accepted the challenge to try Beartown . In doing so, I determined that the piece is much more than a story about hockey, but the way small towns take their sporting teams as seriously as a rise in taxes. Backman takes the reader back to Beartown in this sequel, as the town seeks to dig itself out of the quandary that all but decimated the junior hockey team. Buried in the forested part of Sweden, Beartown is isolated enough, bu ...more
Barbara
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it

This book is the sequel to Fredrik Backman's best seller "Beartown." For maximum comprehension and pleasure, the books should be read in order.

*****

Beartown is a cloistered village in the Swedish forest, where hockey is the local obsession. In the first book, Beartown's junior hockey team is on the cusp of winning a national championship when an allegation of rape scandalizes the town and rips the hockey team apart. People take sides, there's a great deal of victim-blaming, and some former frie
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Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He liv ...more

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