I adore Elsa. She is such a unique character and her family is certainly crazy (but in a fun way)! She loves words and grammar (she walks around with a red marker in her pocket to correct grammar on signs and in windows!) and listening to her grandmother’s stories about the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everyone is different.
Elsa is very close to her grandmother; they get into all kinds of mischief together, and often bicker with each other. But lately, her grandmother has had to stay more and more in the hospital and one day she learns why—her grandmother has cancer. After she passes away, it is Elsa’s duty to deliver letters, apologizing to people she has wronged. Thus begins Elsa’s adventure where she meets a variety of characters, many of whom made an appearance in the Land of Almost-Awake. She meets drunks, a giant, a dog who loves chocolate, and a grumpy taxi driver. We also meet Britt-Marie, who will be the central figure in the next book!
Like in his book, A Man Called Ove, mentions a few sensitive topics, like cancer and mental illness. He touches on these subjects with respect, which is one of the things I love about his writing. He writes in such a witty, humorous, yet humane way, you can’t help but want to simultaneously laugh and cry.
Seriously, when is Britt-Marie Was Here coming out because I need it now!!!
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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