Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A comedy about eight strangers brought together by a pretty terrible bank robber who discover they have more in common than they originally thought. An apartment viewing goes horribly wrong, when a failed bank robber barges in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage.

The police soon have the building surrounded, and the media have begun their live coverage of the hostage situation. The bank robber begins to panic because this is not what they planned for at all. With stakes rising, the eight strangers begin to reveal more about themselves to each other. Soon the robber must decide whether they should go face the police or stay in the apartment with eight impossible people.


This was my first Fredrik Backman novel, but I had heard wonderful things about them. Since I am an anxious person myself, I knew I needed to check out this book. Anxious People bounces around between different narrators as you slowly try to figure out how these two cops lost the bank robber. However as you get further and further into the novel, that loses its importance. These people and their relationships with each other become so much more important to the reader.

This novel is laugh out loud funny and absolutely heartbreaking at times. It shows the depth of human emotion and compassion for strangers and our loved ones. This book does delve into heavy topics such as suicide, depression and obviously anxiety. They are handled with care. I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes you can get swept up in the chaos of the world, and this book was an important reminder of how special friendships and relationships are to our lives.

Overall, I really enjoyed Anxious People. It was a little slow to start, and I had to get comfortable with Backman’s writing style, but after that I completely devoured this book. It made me laugh and cry. I definitely recommend!

RATING: 8/10

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