My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Published by Washington Square Press
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.03/5
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman tells the story of “almost eight” year old Elsa who’s grandmother has just passed away, leaving her with a task. Elsa is to deliver different letters to friends of her Grandmother’s; letters containing apologizes for wrongdoings. Along the way, Elsa learns more about the people in her life.
When I first began reading My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, the first thing I noticed was how well written it was. Backman is a wonderful writer and this book really was an enjoyable read. There are a few reasons for my 3 star rating.
- Elsa is written as if she is an 18 year old, not a 7 going on 8 year old girl. It is mentioned several times that Elsa is very adult for her age and mature, but it still seems off and not very believable. It may seem trivial, but it bothered me.
- No character development. When I read books, one of my favorite aspects is character development. I enjoy reading a book and watching characters grow. I feel that this book had a lot of potential for character development because the characters are wonderfully written! Unfortunately they remain static throughout the book.
- This one is hard to explain without putting any spoilers in it, but here goes. I am still struggling to figure out the point of the book. Yes, it was an enjoyable and well written story, but nothing really happens or gets resolved. She goes around giving out letters of apologizes, but they don’t seem to be real apologizes. Sometimes the reader doesn’t even get to know what the apology is for!
Don’t get me wrong, this book was not a BAD book. I have several reasons for which I enjoyed it.
- Multiple, multiple Harry Potter references. Any book that manages to reference Harry Potter as much as this one did is a great book in my eyes. To me, Harry Potter is a highly referanceable book because of everything that it taught me growing up. I’ll have to forgive Elsa for being a Gryffindor.
- I mentioned above that it is just well written. I’ll post some favorite quotes below.
- The book manages to be a novel and a fairy tale at the same time. I would enjoy a stand alone novel about Miamas and the rest of the kingdoms in the Land-of-Almost-Awake.
Dad’s always late picking Elsa up from school. Granny was never late. Elsa has tried to understand exactly what “irony” means and she’s fairly sure it’s that Dad is never late for anything other than picking up Elsa from school, and Granny was always late for everything except that one thing.
The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people left behind want to stop living.
Elsa decides that even if people she likes have been shits on earlier occasions, she has to learn to carry on liking them. you’d quickly run out of people if you had to disqualify all those who at some point have been shits.
Thanks for reading my blog, have you read this book? I would love to talk about it!