Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

This story is about a lot of things, but mostly idiots. I specifically am thinking about the idiot who happens to be the guy who was supposed to pack for me an undamaged book or maybe the idiot is the Amazon delivery guy who damaged the book during transportation.

You see when this book was handed over to me I had no idea who had sent it, mainly because before I checked the gift slip I noticed the ripped dust jacket – immediately naming the entire logistics team at Amazon as a bunch of idiots.

But why would someone mess up my order, a gift from someone? Obviously it had nothing to do with me, because “it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”

Anxious People isn’t just about a bunch of idiots it’s about a bank robber. Seven strangers. And it’s about a really bad idea…

It’s also about an apartment viewing, a hostage drama, a bridge, a rabbit and about three women in a closet, but that’s not just about all. This story is about a love story. Several, in fact.

Backman in his signature style, writes about the most mundane human feelings and churns out a books which makes you feel seen, grounds you, re-centers you and reminds you to be kind. He reminds you without being preachy and he points out human behaviors without being condescending for even a single moment.

Each and every character in the book is unique and they are also very very relatable. The author’s brilliance shines as you read the back story of each character, even the dullest person in this story will not be dull at all. My favorite thing about Backman’s books are how he writes about the smallest things that a loved one does, how he reminds us that it’s always the smallest things that matter the most, that are missed the most when they’re gone.

Anxious People surprises you, it involuntarily brings out the empathetic side of you. Imagine how the world could be the slightest bit more better if we were empathetic to not only fictional characters but also to the people we come across in our day-to-day lives.

So, for whatever reason the logistics team must’ve been having a grand couple of messed up days which led them to deliver a damaged gift. I also think that they were all probably trying their best to keep moving and keep doing what needed to be done. Despite what they must’ve been going through personally in the middle of a pandemic.

Who do you call a friend? For me it’s those who know what you need before YOU even know you need it. Thank you @booksqueaks ðŸ’› Thank you for being that friend for me. ❤️

I buddy read Anxious People with my favourite @rexallica and I wouldn’t have read it any other way. Sorry for being bad at group activities, but I’m working on it. 😅🌻

About the author

I am Surbhi Sinha aka The Urban Reader from India. A city girl and a regular customer of the world's wordsmiths. I enjoy exploring and living several lives while reading books. A girl who tries to reflect the beauty of simplicity, appreciates the extraordinary magic woven in stories and enjoys exploring the cities. I eagerly look forward to sharing my adventures with you.

You can contact me on my email -> surbhi.sinha2811@gmail.com

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