Book Review of A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove
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Helpful Score: 3


I finished this book several days ago, and I've been thinking about it ever since. Some books just stay with you once you finish them, and this book is definitely one of those.
When I first started reading it, I wondered how I was going to get all the way through the story. Ove is a total curmudgeon, and has some very colorful names for everyone around him. He has no filter, and he is in a hurry to finish living. I thought the book would be depressing, but somehow, it wasn't.
I loved the different characters in the story. The author really fleshes everyone out. The story flips back and forth between Ove's past and present, and the author gradually explains how Ove came to be where he is in life and why he feels the way he does about things. It is definitely a book that I would describe as a "slow burn". It gradually builds and reveals the relationship between the characters. I never expected some of them from the way the story began.
The book has quite a few funny moments. Some made me laugh out loud. It also has some incredibly sweet ones. I very much enjoyed watching the transformation that Ove goes through as the story progresses. I can count the number of times on one hand that a book has made me cry. This book had me sobbing at the end. It has been a long time since any book has made me feel such a connection to the characters. I will definitely read another book by this author.