Us Against You

Us Against You

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might 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 the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2018.
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501160790
1501160796
Branch Call Number: FICTION Backman Fredrik 05/2018
Characteristics: 435 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator
Alternative Title: Vi mot er

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JCLAmandaW Sep 19, 2018

Backman's regular attempts at philosophy and constant foreshadowing of events (with spoilers!) made it hard for me to get through this book. I did hang in to the end only because he managed to create an interesting story with characters I cared enough about to see where the story took them.


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pennys54
Oct 03, 2018

Predictable, soapy, very disappointing

JCLAmandaW Sep 19, 2018

Backman's regular attempts at philosophy and constant foreshadowing of events (with spoilers!) made it hard for me to get through this book. I did hang in to the end only because he managed to create an interesting story with characters I cared enough about to see where the story took them.

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h19835195
Sep 16, 2018

Backman has had me hooked since A Man Called Ove, but I found this particular book spent too much time going over the events of the previous book "Beartown", which made it not as enjoyable for me. However, I do love the authors ability to grasp the nuances of people, small towns, and the complexities of life. His characters are always interesting.

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wmtlady
Sep 13, 2018

"Beartown" is the book preceding this one. For some reason, Backman felt it wasn't enough to make some scattered references to what took place in that book; he takes a full third of this book to rehash and philosophize about the former story. Then he carries on with "the rest of the story." I had to take away a star from this very good book because of how arduous and wearying it was to read that beginning third part. Again, the editors seem to give writers a free hand once they knock off a few winners. Aside from that, Backman fans will find this a rewarding read.

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abbi_g
Sep 07, 2018

"It's so easy to get people to hate one another. That's what makes love so impossible to understand. Hate is so simple that it always ought to win. It's an uneven fight."

Fredrik Backman can do no wrong in my eyes. I love his writing. I love his stories. I love his characters. I love his novels!

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genepy
Sep 04, 2018

A repeat of the of the previous book, however this one is exceedingly melodramatic , overemotional , loaded with histrionics , tragical events and so many metaphors that it becomes ridiculous ; even though it’s about hockey, it’s a soap opera.

lynnchou Aug 29, 2018

This book is a sequel to Beartown. It continues to carry out a beautiful story about the sense of community and true love and loyalty as well.

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sandraperkins
Aug 18, 2018

I loved Beartown, but I did not love this book.

You absolutely can not and should not read Us Against Them unless you have read and loved Beartown. The author takes many pages (maybe a third of the book?) to remind us what happened in the previous book, before launching into the continuing story. He keeps warning us that things will be difficult, but he also shows a few glimmers of positive things to come. I wondered if I would be rewarded for sticking with this book; it felt like a slog at times.

This author does a lot of foreshadowing in all of his books, and in this book, it feels really heavy-handed.

I found this book to be emotionally draining. It is not a bad book, but it is really not that enjoyable. I liked Beartown much better. This book has way more hard things happen to the characters than things to celebrate. But if you want to know what happens next to the characters you met in Beartown, you should read this book.

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darladoodles
Aug 14, 2018

I absolutely love how astute Backman is in his commentary on living in community. His narrative about Beartown contains the stories of the people that live there as well as pithy comments on life and most importantly, reminders that the narrator is one of them. Throughout we are given hints of the near future and the future beyond the book. All the while, we see the struggle from a myriad of angles.

As a wise reader once reminded me, the joy we get from reading Backman's books is most certainly in part due to excellent translating. You have to read his books to understand the spell they cast on you. What are you waiting for?!

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lozza1401
Aug 05, 2018

It took me a week to read the first 100 pages which was basically a recap of Beartown. It sped up slowly after that but there was so much foreshadowing and a reminder that someone was going to die. Apparently there is going to be a third book which perplexes me as I don't feel expansion on these characters is required. Not bad.

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“Sometimes good people do terrible things in the belief that they’re trying to protect what they love.” - pp. 1 - 2

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“What does it take to be a good parent? Not much. Just everything. Absolutely everything.” - p. 4

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“Sports are only sports until someone who doesn’t give a damn about sports has something to gain from them; then sports suddenly become economics.” - p. 26

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“At some point almost everyone makes a choice. Some of us don't even notice it happening, most don't get to plan it in advance, but there's always a moment when we take one path instead of another that has consequences for the rest of our lives. It determines the people we will become, in other people's eyes as well as your own.” - p.336

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“The complicated thing about good and bad people alike is that most of us can be both at the same time.” - p. 368

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“..communities are like ice, not water. They don’t suddenly flow in new directions because you ask them to, they change inch by inch, like glaciers. Sometimes they don’t move at all”.

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Pigmama6
Jun 26, 2018

"Why does anyone love team sports? Because we want to be part of a group? For some people the answer is simply that a team is a family. For anyone who needs an extra one or never had one in the first place."

DBRL_ReginaF Jun 21, 2018

"He’s twelve years old, and this summer he learns that people will always choose a simple lie over a complicated truth, because the lie has one unbeatable advantage: the truth always has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe."

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