Sassy, No Spoilers: Anxious People

book of the month selection, book reviews, contemporary, fiction

A bank robbery gone wrong? Sassy hostages? Yes, please!

Working at the library, I see a lot of the same books circulating and recirculating, being put on hold, barely landing on a shelf (say it with me: that Crawdad book *insert eye roll here*). One of those books lately has been Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman. One of his previous books, A Man Called Ove was also one of my patron favorites, because it was about a lovable curmudgeon.

And oh how I love a curmudgeon.

As I pack all my books…for an upcoming move!

I received an ARC of this book from the folks at Netgalley, but I also chose it as a pick for Book of the Month (is there any greater spoil than being able to read a book on a Kindle AND the actual hardcover? Methinks not). I took it on a trip up to North Bend, WA and it was the perfect light read for a mental vacation.

So let’s talk about what this book is about: without giving away too much, it’s a REAL sassy story, told in multiple perspectives, of a bank robbery gone wrong. Really, really wrong. Like, the bank robber tried to rob a cashless bank, wrong. When the robber tries to make their escape, they end up crashing an apartment viewing. And let’s just say, it gets very interesting.

Aside from the darker themes of this book, I found Anxious People one of the funniest I’ve read in a while. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it was so long and too rambling at times, and Backman could’ve chopped out 50 pages and had a very strong book. But it was enjoyable, and a nice escape from ~2020~.

I recommend this book to anyone that:

  • Loves a good clusterfuck of heists gone wrong
  • Multiple character stories that intertwine
  • Has ever gone to a house viewing and wondered what the other people were really up to
  • Hates realtors

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.