My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry [Book Review]

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry [Book Review]
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Title: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
Author: Fredrik Brackman (Translated by Henning Koch)
Publisher: Atria Books
Published Date: 4th September 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
*Thank you to Booktube Tours for the review copy*
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Synopsis: From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies
and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to
life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her
grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy,
standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy.
She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her
grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas
where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a
series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest
adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building
full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but
also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no
other.


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Review: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry was a book I fell in love with as soon as I read the
title. And when it only took me two days to consume the book in its entirety, I
knew I hadn’t made a bad choice. This book was wonderful, meaningful and also a
really good character driven read. With beautiful descriptions to make a
bookworm swoon, I was impressed that I could enjoy this book. I’m someone who
doesn’t usually get along with translated books. But this book didn’t even read
like one at all. In fact, I didn’t notice it was one until I actually started
writing this review. So kudos to the translator who I mentioned up next to the
author’s name. It was a brilliant translation.
This book expertly deals
with the ideals of when you think you know everything about your role model or
best friend when it turns out you don’t. That’s simply because there is never
enough time to tell them everything, or you don’t want them to get a bad
impression of them. No matter what people say about your best friend never
judging you, you have to admit that is something you worry about a little bit.
Elsa realises, as she apologises to all these people on a treasure hunt, that
her grandmother was not the person she believed her to be. Her role model was
imperfect. But at the same times as not being who she said, she was exactly who
she said she was as well. If it seems like what I’m saying doesn’t make any
sense, then you should definitely try this novel to learn about what I mean!
The novel also crosses a
lot of themes. Elsa’s parents are divorced, and you can see her trying to
handle that, as well as the fact that she is going to be having another sibling
with her mother and step dad. She also has a bit of a distance with her father
as he is very formal, so she tries to overcome this as well. At the same time,
this novel is really about love and acceptance. Elsa’s bullied at school, so we
really get to see how this has shaped who she is and affected her confidence.
And lastly, I have to mention the most important theme – death. She’s doing
this for her grandmother because she’s passed away. Which is so, so
heartbreaking. It makes Elsa sad. It makes Elsa angry. She thinks it’s not
fair, and then hates her grandmother for leaving her. It touches her emotions
in so many ways that was real to me when I was a ten year old (okay, a bit
older than her seven years) and my grandfather also passed away from cancer.
Because it spoke to me so much and represented those twisted emotions so well,
it was hard to do anything but love this book.
Elsa was a brilliant
character and I just loved her so much. She was a genius kid, but she was still
a kid, and that was executed so well. She would spin out the most clever and
intelligent things, but she doesn’t have the filter that most adults have, so
it got her into trouble that way. And while she knows all these facts and
common sense, she still leans heavily on her imagination and getting captured
into non-existent worlds. She praises Harry Potter and superhero comics, and
thinks you’re incredibly dumb if you haven’t read ‘great literature’ such as
those. She’s still a child. But a genius too.
The secondary characters
were so amazing, and so detailed that I could write a full paragraph or maybe
even essay on each of them as well. The important thing about the characters is
their own stories and how this ties into who her grandmother was. As she
apologises to each one, they come into the story and we learn more about them!
And the best part…
Is that all of their
stories tie together. Even though they all seem distant, it really explains why
the characters are the way they are. It all came together so clearly and
perfectly by the end of the novel, that I was actually surprised. It’s like a
gentle plot twist for more character driven readers.
It made me laugh. It made
me sad. It made me smile. This book is definitely worth your time.
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