I am so glad that I finished this book in the car (not driving) and not on the beach as I thought I would. I cried more in the last few chapters than while reading the entire book. I laughed, smiled, cried, and told my husband so many parts of this book, he probably thinks he has read it now himself. The time spent was worth every page.
I know Ove was a cranky old man, but he really was not that old. As we meet him, he
is trying to kill himself so he can be reunited with his wife, Sonja. She was one of the few people he has ever loved in his life. He is interrupted at every turn by his new neighbors. The very day they move in, they manage to run over his mailbox with their car. Ove follows the rules and expects everyone else to also, so he works hard to impress that on his neighbors. They seem to have other plans for him though. As Ove is stymied at every opportunity to join Sonja, you will imagine the hilarious scenes in your head. Fredrik Backman has a style of writing that describes the feelings and thoughts of our older generation to a "T"!
This is one of the funniest, and most touching stories that I have read in a long time. We love Ove and he loves us - he just doesn't know it yet. This book has a 4.29 rating on Goodreads, but I gave it a 5.0! Don't miss this one!