Us Against You (Beartown, #2) by Fredrik Backman

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.Soon a n...

Details Us Against You (Beartown, #2)

TitleUs Against You (Beartown, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews Us Against You (Beartown, #2)

  • Susanne Strong
    5 Gut-Wrenching, Sock-it-to Me Stars!Some of my favorite people, live in one of the most memorable of towns and they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Most however, wear their hearts on their jerseys. Their Hockey Jerseys that is. They used to be all the same. Then something happened. Something bad. And now Beartown and all of its residents are divided. Now it’s Bear v. Bull: Beartown v. Hed. And their hearts, as well as ours have been torn a...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did. We'll end up saying that violence came to Beartown this summer, but that will be a lie; the violence was already here. Because sometimes hating one another is so easy that it seems incomprehensible that we ever do anything else.Have you ever loved a book so much you think your heart might explode? That's precisely what I feel might happen each time I pick up a Backman novel set in the world of Beartown. T...
  • James
    Where does one begin when it comes to describing an author whose books constantly amaze you to the point you cannot easily put them down for any reason other than an emergency? Fredrik Backman has struck gold with the second book in the Beartown series, Us Against You. After I survived a book daze last year with the series debut, I read another of his works which catapulted Backman into my top 5 of favorite authors. Once I learned he had written ...
  • Elyse
    “Communities are like ice, not water. They don’t suddenly flow in new directions because you ask them to, they change centimeter by centimeter, like glaciers. Sometimes they don’t move at all”. When winter comes to Beartown and Hed....everyone talks about Hockey. Some people support the red team - others the green team. Both teams have had their share of wins. I thought “Beartown” was *exceptional* - Backman’s darkest most complex b...
  • Meredith
    4.5 stars Emotionally Gutting Us Against You is the emotionally charged sequel to Beartown. Hockey still rules, but emotions are high, the town is falling apart, new friendships are formed and new enemies are made. There’s also a new coach, a new villain, and a new love connection. Secrets are exposed, friendships crumble, and sadly some characters don’t survive. Most significantly, hatred has spread its ugly wings leading to horrible conseq...
  • Angela M
    Beartown is a hockey town by a forest in Sweden, but that won’t tell you much unless you know what it means to be a hockey town where lives are dominated by the sport and the thought of losing the team is devastating to so many. In “Beartown”, Backman says: “Why does anyone care about hockey?...Because it tells stories. " Indeed it tells stories once again in this sequel. This town feels familiar - the place in the forest, this hockey tow...
  • Larry H
    "...we only pretend hockey is complicated, because it isn't really. When you strip away all the nonsense surrounding it, the game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you."Frederick Backman's Beartown (see my review) was probably the best or second-best book I read last year. This story of a Swedish town that is literally obsessed with hockey, and which faces a crisis that will practically tear the town ap...
  • Paromjit
    Beartown is a town struggling to survive, left shell shocked and reeling after traumatic events swept through it with the force of a destructive emotional hurricane. We return to the place where hockey is loved with a religious passion, defining the community identity, with returning old and new characters. Any lover of sport will love and relate to this story, and those readers that are not should know that whilst this is ostensibly about hockey...
  • jessica
    'beartown' is one of my absolute favourite books (see my review here), so its only fitting that 2018 is barely halfway over and i already know ‘us against you’ will be the best book i will have read this year, if ever. with each book being one half of a beautifully broken heart. fredrik backman is one of the most talented storytellers i have ever read and this book is proof. there is so much strength and power in his writing. his words are so...
  • Julie
    Us Against You by Fredrik Backman is a 2018 Atria Books publication. A sullen, yet optimistic examination of a town suffering an identity crisis and the residents who must learn to adjust to a new normal-While many of us became fans of Fredrik Backman because of his unique ability to weave whimisical stories, featuring quirky, but loveable characters. This method of presentation often softened the darker tones. With Beartown, however, Backman did...
  • Kendall
    5 gut wrenching bang bang stars!! I fell in love with Beartown last year by Backman and had the highest expectations for Us Against You. Well.. friends I have to tell you... don't worry your pretty little heads because Backman delivers exceptionally well ONCE again.Backman delivers a raw and beautifully well executed novel that makes you feel vulnerable in ways you can't imagine! Oh my gosh.... I was a sobbing mess with a SEVERE case of goos...
  • Diane S ☔
    It was the best of times and the worst of times. This is a fitting quote for what is going on in Beartown since the end of the last book. Beartown has lost many of their best hockey players to Hed, their own hockey team has lost most of their support and sponsor money. But then, seemingly a miracle, a politician gets involved, new factory, new someone, new coach, a woman. Peter gets to keep his job as General Manager. Politics and sports should n...
  • Dorie
    *NOW AVAILABLE*I have read all of Fredrik Backman’s books and Beartown was probably my favorite. I know I’m in the minority here but “Us Against You” just didn’t elicit the same emotions for me, it was a bit of a disappointment. After I read Beartown I felt as though it was complete story and so I was a little surprised that the author chose to revisit the town again.The first 30% of the book dealt pretty much with getting the reader ca...
  • Theresa Alan
    “It’s so easy to get people to hate each other. That’s what makes love so impossible to understand. Hate is so simple that it always ought to win. It’s an uneven fight.”I hadn’t read Beartown, so the beginning of this book threw me because I didn’t realize it was the second in a series. Once I got into the characters that make up the town and the hockey team that the town revolves around, it stood on its own just fine. For much of t...
  • Carol
    4+ Stars No hockey in BEARTOWN? It just can't be! We all know hockey is an addiction in this small failing community....the only thing really, except for snow, icy roads and a thick (sometimes dangerous) forest where one can hide....or discover secrets. It's still a hard life hereabouts....harder for some after the affected so many....some took their revenge....others are still hurting....and some so burned with hatred, they now tur...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”In his final season, on his final nightBuddy and a Finn goon were pegged for a fightThirty seconds left, the puck took a rollAnd suddenly Buddy had a shot on goal“The goalie committed, Buddy picked his spotTwenty years of waiting went into that shotThe fans jumped up, the Finn jumped tooAnd coldcocked Buddy on his follow throughThe big man crumbled but he felt all right'Cause the last thing he sawwas the flashing red ligh...
  • JanB
    Old characters reappear and new characters are introduced in this book, the follow-up to last year's phenomenal hit, Beartown. There's drama, marital difficulties, bullying, rivalries, political machinations, and heartbreak. This book may not have the impact of Beartown but fans will have much to enjoy with this new novel. Backman excels at insights into human nature and writing characters that are easy to care for.The writing is beautiful with e...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    I can honestly say I can now die a happy person. An emotional mess, yes. But happy nonetheless that I’ve finally read my long awaited book.
  • Marialyce
    At first before writing this review, I thought I should let my thoughts settle and mull things over a bit. However, after thinking about it, I decided to take the plunge and write of my feelings for the extremely popular book. Looking at the ratings, there seems to be very few who do not believe in the validity of this tale and although I have many misgivings about this book, I do feel there was merit in its telling.What I liked most were the peo...
  • Bianca
    This is the sixth Fredrik Backman book I read. He’s become one of my favourite writers, so it’s always exciting to read something new from him.Us Against You continues to delve into the lives of some of Beartown’s inhabitants. We are acquainted with many of them from his previous novel, Beartown (also known as Scandal in other countries).Again, at the centre of this novel we have the Beartown Hockey Team manager – Peter Andersson, his law...
  • Sue
    Us Against You is a difficult book. Maybe because of the inflated egos reaching for power and not concerned who they step on. Or maybe it’s because of the powerless who can’t help themselves. Or perhaps it’s due to the repetition of themes that hammers in the points. It is, admittedly, an effective story of two towns in conflict, ostensibly over hockey, but actually over so much more. I think my sadness on reading this book is not only from...
  • Edward Lorn
    Us Against You is an emotional rollercoaster with some of the best and worst storytelling elements on display. What I liked about the book is simple: it made me feel; it made me cry. What I didn't like about it is far more complicated, so let's discuss that in greater detail.While I did love the characters in this book, I only think that's the case because I got to know them so well in the first book, Beartown, which I gave a glowing five-star re...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionActual Rating: 4.5 stars“Sometimes people have to be allowed to have something to live for in order to survive everything else.” 🌟 Fredrik Backman is easily now among my favorite authors. My favorite authors are mostly fantasy authors and I am happy that Fredrik claimed the title “My favorite contemporary author”.🌟 I finished this and immediately checked a...
  • Arah-Lynda
    You come out at nightThat's when the energy comesAnd the dark side's lightAnd the vampires roamYou strut your rasta wearAnd your suicide poemAnd a cross from a faithThat died before Jesus cameYou're building a mystery Sarah McLachlanTake a look around. It is easy to see that this story is a big hit with readers. And it is easy to see why. It is after all, a great human interest tale that is very well told. So why the middle of the road rating? Pe...
  • Maxwell
    4.5 stars Dare I say that I enjoyed this even more than Beartown??? I just love the characters so much, so getting to spend more time with them and see them develop even more was fantastic. Backman knows how to throw a gut punch too and this book had me gasping, laughing and tearing up. I can't say much more because it is a sequel and it doesn't come out until June, but I really loved it and will continue to read anything he publishes! Thanks ag...
  • Barbara
    This book is the sequel to Fredrik Backman's best seller "Beartown." For maximum comprehension and pleasure, the books should be read in order. *****Beartown is a cloistered village in the Swedish forest, where hockey is the local obsession. In the first book, Beartown's junior hockey team is on the cusp of winning a national championship when an allegation of rape scandalizes the town and rips the hockey team apart. People take sides, there's a ...
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    4 1/2What an amazing series this was! Hard hitting, heavy, but such beautiful reads!
  • katwiththehat
    The wonderful thing about Fredrik Backman’s writing is the way he brings such a crazy interesting cast of characters to life. Back in Beartown for this sequel after hockey has pretty much moved over to Hed in the wake of Kevin’s attack on Maya and the town’s division over which child to believe, this book examines the aftermath, and what is to become of hockey, Beartown, all the residents we’ve grown so invested in, and deeply festering r...
  • Stina
    IT’S OUT IN ENGLISH Y’ALLGO GET IT NOWPLZ*******4(.5?)/5Ah, Beartown. The first book I read this year, the best book I've read this year. It was such a blessing when I walked into my local bookstore and discovered that the sequel had come out. I bought it without hesitation, it made my bank account feel bad. What a bliss. And now I've read it and I'm SO CONFLICTED. (Note: this review is going to be terrible)This book was awesome. I'm just goi...