"Ove is 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 neighbour from hell.” However, 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 heart-warming 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."
I loved this book sooo much I recommend it to everyone.
It’s sad, funny, heartfelt and hartbreaking. It’s just beautiful. I was laughing and crying.
I normally don’t read books about grumpy old men. But this book was everywhere a few years ago, so of course I picked it up at Target. And then set it on a shelf and didn’t read it till now.
And the only reason I read it was because I needed an audio book to listen to while rocking my baby to sleep, this one was available from the library and I owned the copy, so I decided to give it a try. (I have a quirk about only listening to audio versions of books I own in print).
The book starts off with Ove buying an iPad, but asking if it’s a good computer and arguing with the sales guy. I thought the whole scene was hilarious and it instantly got my attention. I could easily picture him in my mind and his grumpiness.
As we find out more about Ove’s life, we quickly realize that there is some real pain in his life, current and past, which adds to his grumpiness. This was the sad and tear jerking part of the story. The funny parts take place In the present as he is now I believe in his 60s and is navigating life without his wife, yet with ole fly of “idiot” neighbors and a cat that won’t leave his side.
I loved his neighbor, she doesn’t coddle him or ignore him. She knows that he’s not dumb. He is just grumpy and needs a woman’s guidance once in a while.
As the story continues, we see that he actually has a heart, he just doesn’t always let it show.
I recommend this book to everyone. Go grab it and love it. Also, the movie is good too.