paperback, 632 pages

Published Feb. 14, 2018 by Large Print Press.

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5 stars (1 review)

"From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of …

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While I need to tell you this book needs trigger warning for almost anything you can think of, it is a gripping story. I cried through the entire second half. the author cunningly twists and shapes the story to keep you guessing but in a tantalising way, you never want to skip ahead, but you do want to read faster. It's about (ice) hockey, but you don't need to know about sport to understand the book, it's about people, culture, and small towns.