Author: Fredrik Backman
Date Published: June 16th of 2015 (first published September 4th of 2013)
Publisher: Atria Books
About: (the following synopsis is from the book’s GoodReads page here.)
From the author of the internationally bestselling ‘A Man Called Ove’, a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
Rate: 4 of 5
I felt that there were shallow backgrounds on the characters. It all just skimmed the top, not delving into the deep backgrounds. It would have helped develop a sense of affinity and mystery on the characters and the story itself. As much as I feel this about the other characters, I really loved Elsa. Just the sheer fact that she loves Harry Potter made me love her. And don’t get me started on how witty and smart she is.
The plot in itself is the reason why I picked up this book. It’s such a mystery. Sending a seven-year-old to a mysterious puzzle? Uhm, yes please. It’s excellent to be honest. But, let’s just be realistic here for a moment. I was so stupid when I was seven years old. Well, more stupid than I am now. And I don’t think, if this was in real life, that Elsa could have solved all the puzzles.
I really liked the book, but I was not lost in it.
I felt like the story didn’t live up to the title. I mean, at first I thought there was a specified number of letters given to Elsa to give out to the people. And that SHE was the one to say sorry. Turned out she didn’t even know the contents of the letters–even just the “sorry” part. And also at the cover, there’s a dog. I thought it would help her somehow on her letter delivering. But I was wrong.
Obviously, I have some minor qualms about it. But I still liked it.
Do I recommend it? Yep.
*Cover images and Synopsis are from GoodReads