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Review: Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was Here Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Talk:
"If a human being closes her eyes hard and long enough, she can remember all the times she has made a choice in her life just for her own sake. And realize, perhaps, that it has never happened. If a human being closes her eyes she can remember all the choices in her life. And realize they have all been for the sake of someone else. It's early morning in Borg, but the dawn seems to be holding off. As if it wants to give her some time to raise her hand. Make up her mind. And jump."

Britt-Marie doesn't want to start over. She is perfectly happy with her daily routine of cleaning, and cooking, and doing the laundry. Even when she discovers that the laundry she is doing smells like another woman's perfume. She doesn't really want to start over. But she is faced with an impending divorce, and Britt-Marie finds herself at the unemployment office looking for work. And the only place that is hiring someone like Britt-Marie is the dying town of Borg. Except when she gets there, she finds there's some life there, after all.

My Thoughts:
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. It was precious, and funny, and sad, and endearing. In the first few pages I was not sure HOW to take Britt-Marie, but by the end I loved her dearly. This is usually not my genre to choose to read, but I am so very glad I did. This will go down as one of my all-time favorites.

My Recommendation:
5/5 (or more)
Grades 8+ (language)

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