*May contain spoilers*
A look at the stereotypical grumpy old man, A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman gives the story of Ove, the grumpy old man, who hates a lot of things and people. But this story is anything but simple and straightforward. By the end, you are introduced to one of the most complex characters I have ever met.
It opens giving you the basic details of Ove, his age and what car he drives. It is a Saab. And the little illustrations and title for each chapter add something to the story. He has a routine and he likes to follow the rules. He dislikes almost everything and it becomes amusing to see what annoys him next.
I loved loved loved this story so much and after reading it I just wanted to meet the characters and talk with them and get to know them even more. They are so diverse and interesting that it adds to the story of Ove. He opens up and becomes not just the grumpy old man but a knowledgeable, caring, and giving human being coming to the rescue of all his neighbors at one point or another.
Ove’s past is full tragedy and heartbreak but his presence opens up his closed off heart. It’s almost like we meet two different Ove’s. The one at the beginning and the one at the end.
This is a heartwarming story, I laughed and I cried. It has everything you could ever need.