MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY by Fredrik Backman
Published; June 16th 2015, Atria Books
From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
Wow! An easy 5 stars from me. This was an amazing book that somehow managed to smash my heart into a thousand pieces whilst at the same time filling my heart with joy.
I love how it is written from the point of view of a 7 year old girl who feels different. Her granny has developed a world of fairytales that Elsa can lose herself in to help her cope with what the world throws at her.
We see how Elsa is alot more knowledgeable than most 7 year olds which is annoying for her family and friends who don’t seem to know how to deal with it.
When Elsa’s granny dies we see how Elsa struggles with her grief but her granny already had a plan to help her through the barrage of feelings she has. As Elsa sets out on the journey her grandmother has set for her we begin to see maybe the fairytale world is not so make believe after all….
I lost myself in the fairytales and I loved being on this journey with Elsa as she discovers not everybody is who they seem at the start. As we are introduced to lots of different characters who all ultimately become entangled I feel there is definitely room for some to develop stories of their own.
Ultimately this is a book based on bullying and grief but is written in such a way there is nothing depressing about it. It leaves you feeling happy.
It shows that no matter how hard you feel life may be there is always someone out there that cares.
To sum up this book…it’s a fairytale based on fairytales.
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