Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Published: 15/07/2014 by Atria Books
337 pages
Kindle edition

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.


Oh dear Ove, you have changed my life forever!

I fell in love with this grumpy old man who likes things his own way. He might sound like typical sour old man that doesn’t like to see happy people or people in general but there is so much more to him. His past, the way he grew up and had to follow rules to survive turned him into who he is now. The love of his life that made his life better has shaped him also into a man he is, he just doesn’t show it much. Ove just wants to be left alone, he just wants to be with his wife again. She loved him despite all his flaws and as he said, his only happy days were by her side.

We only start to see deeper into Ove’s soul when new family with two little girls move in next door. They see something in him, they want to spend time with him and find reasons to drag him out of the house to see there is a world out there too. Give him a purpose as that’s what he needs.

Just writing this review makes me all emotional again.

This book will warm your heart, make you laugh but also cry so much. For me this book had it all and it will stay with me forever. I found so many things in common with Ove, it felt scary, however I don’t think he would like me much as I’m one of those who bought a Japanese car 😂

One thought on “Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

  1. Yes, when I read Ove, he changed my life forever as well. I have now read EVERYTHING that Backman has published in English, and his books consistently end up in my “best of” lists each and every year!


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