As an anxious person, I have to say, I really enjoyed reading Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Reading about a whole bunch of people who have anxieties, similar to mine, makes me feel like that final scene in High School Musical.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER (sing it with me). Once we know where we stand, hand in hand, we can do this!!!! Can’t remember the rest of the words, but you get what I’m saying.
I think that’s something we all need right now, with it being a year since the pandemic broke loose (along with our sanity). We need to feel like we aren’t alone because it’s true. We aren’t alone. Everyone is struggling and I think we need to normalize vocalizing our anxieties because chances are the person sitting next to you is feeling something similar.
There was some seriously good wisdom sprinkled throughout this book, so I’ve picked out some quotes that might make you feel less anxious – they might also make you feel more anxious (I’m sorry if they do).
Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix up their own marriage. There’s a wealthy banker who has been too busy making money to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.
Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in a motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.
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The Anxious People Quotes You’ve Been Waiting Anxiously For:
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This book had me laughing, crying, and it was thought-provoking – a triple threat!! Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments.
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