Title: Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman
Anxious People is not a bad book. Based on the numerous high reviews by other readers, this is a favorite of many people. However, I failed to mind the magic that made this so beloved and find myself annoyed and frustrated by the writing and the characters throughout the book.
The writing wasn’t for me. There seemed to be a huge disconnect between the writing and the content. It felt like the book was trying too hard to be both poignant and light-hearted. The dialogue, especially the police transcripts, were silly and completely ridiculous. I thought all the characters were idiotically stupid, which I believe was the point, but they behaved so over-the-top. The were are totally obnoxious and it really grated on my nerves.
Anxious People was not a book for me. The writing and characters were done in a way meant to be quirky and whimsical, but instead I found it to be jaunty and annoying. This book seems to be a favorite amongst other readers so it was clearly just a personal issue.