Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

“Unfortunately I think most people would still get more sympathy from their colleagues and bosses at work if they show up looking rough one morning and say ‘I’m hungover’ than if they say ‘I’m suffering from anxiety.’”

Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

Title: Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman
Genres: Contemporary, Literary, Mystery, Humor
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
Published: April 25th, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 12/1/2021 – 12/11/2021


A terrific blend of humor and humanity. The writing was witty and clever which I hadn’t expected and admittedly took some getting used to personally, but ultimately, I was won over. Though I found myself relating to Zara the most, there were bits and pieces of a few of the characters’ lives I could empathize with. I was in tears at the end because I was so touched.


This was the first group read I participated in with the Book Santas & Lovers Discord server. I don’t think any of us were disappointed! I’m still amazed how a book that was predominantly humorous managed to make me cry so many times. It wasn’t always a sad cry, either. Most of the time it was a someone gets it kind of cry. Of course, there were some sad tears too as some of the storylines hit too close to home. This book is easily one of my all-time favorites.

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