Anxious People

“We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.”

Thank you Atria Books for gifting me a copy of ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman. This book will be released on September 8, 2020.

“This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.”

When attempting to formulate my thoughts on a book, I take into consideration a lot of aspects and it’s more than just deciding whether the characters were unique or if the storyline was entertaining. It is more about how the book made me feel while reading it. Did I feel a connection to one of two of the characters? Was I pulled into the storyline in such a way that it made me forget that I was sitting in my house and not intertwined in the character’s lives? Did the book make my heart hurt? Did the story make my heart grow in size because it was just that good for my soul? And finally, even after the last page is turned and the book is sitting on my shelf, do I find myself thinking about the characters?

On rare occasions, I will find a book that I can answer yes to all of the above questions, and on this occasion, that book was ANXIOUS PEOPLE.

Fredrik Backman created these characters and was able to article such a multitude of emotions and personalities in such a relatable way that I was completely immersed in this book. I loved all of the beautiful people that were featured in this story and it’s not often that I am torn between a favorite character while reading a book but, in this case, I am.

I cannot recommend ANXIOUS PEOPLE enough. Even before I had finished it, I was raving about it my friends, and telling them that they had to read it because I knew that it would leave an impact on my heart. I can, without a doubt, say that I will be reading this book again and again. It is going on my short-list for favorite books of 2020 and definitely will be ones that I will continue to recommend for years to come.

“I think most people would still get more sympathy from their colleagues and bosses at work if they showed up looking rough one more and saying ‘I’m hungover’ than if they say “I’m suffering from anxiety.’ I think we pass people in the street every day who feel the same as you and I, many of them just don’t know what it is. Men and women going around for months having trouble breathing and seeing doctor after doctor because they think there’s something wrong with their lungs. All because it’s so damn difficult to admit that something else is… broken. That’ it’s an ache in our soul, invisible weight in our blood, an indescribable pressure in our chest. Our brains are lying to us, telling us we’re going to die. But there’s nothing wrong with our lungs. We’re not going to die, you and I.”

Please remember, that if you or someone you love, is struggling with depression or anxiety that there is help out there. You are not alone and you will never be alone. From one anxious person to another, you are loved

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