Title: A Man Called Ove
My rating: 4/5
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
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How I wish more than ever that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was real as well as the wizarding world. The environment created here in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure inspired by JK Rowling goes beyond my wildest dreams in terms of complete immersion. I admire the thought and intention behind even waiting for the rides in line – from the goblins in Gringotts bank to the sorting hat rhyming away next to the talking portraits through the Great Hall. This gives me that much more motivation to write – not to have a theme park after but the power of imagination and beauty of sharing ones thoughts in a strong, relatable story, fiction or not. Now all I want to do after getting back is also binge watch the whole movie series (abcfamily/freeform weekends do not count as they cut out scenes and have too many commercials). Maybe Easter weekend 🙂 I’ll whip up a pint of butterbeer and attempt pumpkin juice!
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