Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Very few books bring tears to my eyes. Beartown is now one of those few. Where do I begin?

I LOVED this book. I have heard comparisons being made to my beloved Friday Night Lights, and while I see some similarities, this is a whole other field of play. Like Friday Night Lights the town revolves around a single sport, in this instance, HOCKEY! After reading this book, you will either love or hate the game.

There is a simpleness to the people of Beartown. One that is both refreshing and frustrating. Things are black or white. There are no shades of grey.

Kevin is the star player and the town worships him. Benji is his best friend and protector, both on and off the ice. Maya is the sweet and strong daughter of Peter, the General Manager of the Hockey Club and Kira, the powerful lawyer and mama wolf. Maya and her best friend Ana have a special relationship, the kind we all want and need when we are 15 years old.

This strangely idyllic town is rocked to its core when a scandal occurs involving its beloved star junior hockey team right before the final game of the season. The reactions to the scandal, the sides that are chosen, the secrets kept, will devastate relationships and fortify others. The strength of the youth is phenomenal. The weakness of those who should know better is heartbreaking.

One thing about the people of Beartown, “we may not know right from wrong, but we know good from evil.”

I give Bear Town ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5. I recommend pouring yourself a mug of your favorite winter beverage and cozying up with this book. I am looking forward to reading its sequel, Us Against You.

Book Review: Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win by Jo Piazza

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to win? Admittedly, I have been a bit competitive my entire life. Any other Type A personality perfectionists out there? Thus, when Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win by Jo Piazza finally became available to me through my library I was thrilled!

This is a fun read. Charlotte Walsh is a rockstar! She is the COO of a mega tech company, best-selling author, wife, mom of three and running for U.S. Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania! Charlotte Walsh is also human, her life if not perfect, and that makes her an endearing character that you want to read more about and cheer for.

Throughout the story, Charlotte deals with infidelity, infertility, sexism, family drama in the form of mental illness, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

Charlotte and her dashing and brilliant husband Max move their family from the comforts of their life in California’s Silicon Valley to their hometown of Elk Hollow, Pennsylvania. A working-class town that both Charlotte and Max could not wait to leave after high school. They move into Charlotte’s childhood home, sans nannies and household help. She does this all while holding her own as a first-time candidate in one of the most hotly contested battles for Senate of 2018. She tries to run a clean race but can she?

Charlotte also has a devastating secret. One that could upend her entire world. When the 24-hour news cycle is investigating her every move, can she keep it from becoming public?

This is a must-read. I rate it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.