Hello and happy Wednesday. I don’t know if I’ve told you this before, but I’m a crier. I cry almost every day for various reasons. I am easily moved by TV shows or ads, songs, movies, and, yes, books. Books that make me cry are usually special for me, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman is no exception. This book quickly became one of my all-time favorites, and in today’s post I’ll tell you why.
The author’s style was super captivating, and I know some people might find the language a bit complex at times, but to me it was just fantastic. I think he brilliantly managed to tell the story from a seven-year-old girl’s point of view, without over-simplifying any detail like some authors do when talking from a child’s perspective.
I love the fact that this book explores a grandmother-granddaughter relationship; it is something I had never read in a book, and it’s both refreshing and heartwarming. I think this, combined with the author’s style I previously talked about, makes the story appealing and enjoyable to different types of readers. Personally, I’m mostly into YA, and this book clearly doesn’t fall into that genre, but it’s a treasure, and I think young readers will love it as much as adults do.
If you know me, you know that I tend to find links or points in common between books or movies. This book gave me an “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” vibe, and I was living for it. I’m talking about the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. The movie is good, but doesn’t do the book justice. Anyway, if you read that book and then you also read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, you’ll understand where I get the vibe from.
And while we’re at it, this book also reminds me of The Good Luck of Right now by Matthew Quick. There’s something in both novels that just destroys you inside a little bit, but in a good way, you know?
This book is harsh at times, and nothing is sugar-coated. Elsa, the main character, gets bullied at school in horrible ways, and yet it’s the first time I’ve read about it so explicitly in a book, especially if we take into account that we’re talking about a seven-year-old. Yes, I’ve read about bullying, but it is the stereotypical deal you watch in movies and TV shows. What Fredrik Backman described was brutal, but it’s also real.
Something that got me hooked to this book from the start was the brilliant ways in which fantasy and reality were intertwined. When I say brilliant, I mean you never stopped and wondered what could be real and what couldn’t; it was all part of the universe Elsa’s grandmother had created for them.
The last three chapters broke my heart into pieces and then stepped on them. I bawled while reading the last three chapters. And I mean, I could only stop to catch my breath and clear my eyes of tears to keep reading.
Now, in the comments tell me about a book you’ve read recently, which became one of your all-time favorites. Who knows? Maybe I’ll read and review it next!
Love, Miss Camila