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Review: Anxious People

Anxious People

Anxious People
By Fredrik Backman
Atria Books, 9781501160837, September 2020, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Lots of love for this odd, little story.

The Rest of It:

This is a story about a bank robbery. Well, kind of. What starts off as a bank robbery quickly becomes a hostage situation. But, not really. One bad choice leads to another and it’s kind of a wild ride. The dialogue is a little choppy in places and for many, this is a turn off but trust me, give it time. Ease into its craziness and let these characters do their thing and before you know it, you will be wanting to know them personally.

I know I haven’t said much about the story but it’s best that I just let you experience it yourself. It is the type of story that will make you feel a lot of things. Sadness, happiness, hope. You will laugh but you will also feel for these characters and what life has dealt them. It has a much bigger message than what you would gather from that colorful cover.

My recommendation: read it, enjoy it, laugh, feel good.

Source: Borrowed
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Review: Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl 
By Lisa Jewell
Atria Books, 9781982137335, October 13, 2020, 368pp.

The Short of It:

There are a few side stories going on which normally distract me but they came together very nicely here.

The Rest of It:

The “Invisible Girl” in the title is not necessarily the main character of this novel which is interesting in and of itself. Saffyre Maddox is seeking treatment for self-harm. Her therapist, Roan Fours has been very good for her but after three years, he’s ready to cut her loose, feeling that she’s addressed her main reason for therapy. But Saffyre’s real reason is the abuse she suffered as a young child and she hasn’t even gotten to that part yet. Feeling abandoned, she becomes slightly obsessed with Roan and follows him around only to discover that he is hiding something from his family.

Owen Pick, is a neighbor across the street from Roan Fours. He lives with his aunt at the age of thirty and doesn’t know how to act around women. His awkwardness has caused numerous issues, including a workplace harassment case at the college he has been suspended from. His accidental interaction with Saffyre becomes a problem when she goes missing.

There are basically three main players in this story: Saffyre, Owen, and Roan. Other characters add to the complexity of what is going on, but don’t play major roles in what goes down. Jewell handles this quite well. I mean, no one seems “extra” just for the sake of being there. They all serve a purpose to propel the story forward in some way.

I’ve heard some say that there is a lot going on in this story. This is true but I felt that it was deftly navigated and had just the right pace for me to keep picking it up. Plus, Jewell is very good at characterization. I cared about these characters and wanted them to be okay, except for the ones who didn’t deserve it of course.

Overall, a solid read with a nicely wrapped up ending.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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