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Us Against You

Us Against You

Large Print - 2018
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"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, hailed as "a writer of astonishing depth [with] the remarkable ability to make you understand the feelings of each of a dozen different characters" (The Washington Times), a heart-wrenching story of how loyalty, friendship, and love carry a town through its darkest days. 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 surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. 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 acute. As the big match 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. "--
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. 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. -- adapted from publisher info
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432850913
1432850911
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 701 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator

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Bookworm1136
May 18, 2021

4 1/2 stars. This is the sequel to "Beartown" and it was a good one. Sequels sometimes pale against the first book, but this one was of similar quality. Backman writes a book as if he is telling you a story and this one continued the story of the people of Beartown after the first book left off. We see a hockey team in shambles and which might be disbanded. The town is divided still. A new coach is hired and a politician is behind the scenes pulling everyone's strings to meet his own agenda. Peter and Mira, Maya and Leo are all struggling and drifting apart. I found this an excellent read, as everything he writes is. I recommend this book to anyone who loved "Beartown". A very good read.

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jea1939sch
Apr 14, 2021

I would like the book now not later or on hold.

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bobdahlbad
Oct 30, 2020

WOW...everyone should read this! A life story that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. You'll see yourself, family members and friends as you travel through this book. Hard to put down, especially toward the end, where you might say 'I saw that coming', or 'I didn't see that coming. Full of surprises.

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RosaReads2
Sep 26, 2020

I waited nearly a year after reading Beartown before I dared to pick up Us Against You. The author had hinted vaguely at the futures of various characters in the story and I couldn't bear to see some of them come to fruition. Also, Beartown was by far the best book I read last year and I wasn't quite ready to come down off that high. This was only my second experience with Backman's writing, but I'm now convinced that I'll love everything he publishes. The writing style and it's captivating third-person omniscient POV had me emotionally invested in every single character. My heart broke numerous times, but the author didn't fail to end the story with an inspirational degree of hope. Like it's predecessor, Us Against You is a top read and quite possibly, the author will hold my number one spot two years in a row. This book, it's town, and it's wonderfully diverse characters will stay with me for a long time.

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L_Sanga
Sep 15, 2020

What a fabulous read. Full of inspirational complexed characters. I love how the writer introduces certain characters under a veil of anonymity. More fast paced than it's predecessor.

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angelahill_0
Dec 27, 2019

A great sequel to Beartown. He definitely doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects that have been discussed recently in the media.

One must read "Beartown" first to appreciate the developments in this story. Sensitive character development and reflections on life in small town Scandinavia.

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Klimo1
Aug 02, 2019

I enjoyed reading this novel very much and was pulled into the lives of the people living in this small community. Well written!!!! :)

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Blue_18
Jul 31, 2019

A book full of anger, hate and regret.

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 22, 2019

Building off the characters and emotional depth of the preceding novel, Backman's latest is a powerful read that compels its audience to keep turning the pages, and to keep hoping that goodness will prevail.
Backman gets away with overblown, almost egotistical exposition prose because, in the end, he's a great writer. I wouldn't advise anyone else to try this narrative style. Even so, by half-way that fuel has run out and you wish he'd just get on with it.

The characters grow a little less than the first time around. The reader needs a little bit more suspension of disbelief, and Backman uses narrative misdirection so often that it leaves the audience dizzy and irritated. Yet, Us Against You is still a wonderful novel that brings a cold little town to life.

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 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.

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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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