Hello readers! Sorry for the hiatus! Exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to share them with you. Once I am for sure that things are going to pan out like I hope they do, I will absolutely tell everyone what is going on!
This book is mainly about stories, and how important they are. For someone like me, stories have always been one of the most important aspects of life. I am primarily a musician, and music is an excellent medium to tell stories. Books are a fantastic mediums for storytelling as well.
Seven year old Elsa is different. Everyone in her life is quick to remind her of that fact. Everyone except Elsa’s granny. Elsa’s granny is her best friend, and Granny is the epitome of being different. Granny and Elsa have their own secret language, and Elsa’s mom is constantly having to get them out of the trouble that Granny gets them into. Granny tells Elsa all about the Land-Of-Almost-Awake and all the fairy tales that make it as magical as it is in all of the stories. Elsa feels a closeness with Granny that she doesn’t have with her parents and her step-parents, mostly due to the fact that Granny refuses to act like a responsible adult and loves mischief.
All of a sudden Elsa’s world is turned upside down and she is left reeling and trying to pick up the pieces. What ensues is a beautiful story about a girl who lives in the stories that her Granny tells her, and has issues with most people in the “real world.” Every seven-almost-eight year old deserves a superhero. Even when the “real world” became too much for Elsa in the form of bullies at school, Elsa could always escape to the Land-of-Almost-Awake or her favorite books, the Harry Potter series.
The book was seriously an amazing journey, and I recommend it to everyone. It really stresses the fact that stories and fairy tales are incredibly important for the imagination, and just how heartbreaking it is when we lose sight of what makes childhood so amazing.
Frederik Backman is an amazing writer and really paints such a vivid picture of the life of a young girl who is constantly being labeled “different” by her peers. All of the characters are so alive and wonderfully written, and Elsa is a heroine we all identify with and love to root for. The book is fast paced and was so hard to put down. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t love this story and the way it is told. Although it’s from the perspective of a seven-almost-eight year old, there are very adult themes including forgiveness, marriage, love, parenting, and life and death.
I cannot stress enough how amazing this book is! All Harry Potter fans will love it since Elsa’s most prized possession is her Gryffindor scarf and her favorite hero is Harry. There are so many Harry Potter references that are perfectly placed, and it adds a super fun layer to the rest of the story. Other characters that Elsa loves also make appearances throughout the story, such as the X-Men and Spiderman.
I was drawn in from the very first page and I’m sure everyone else will be too if they decide to read “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.”
So, get your copy and start reading this amazing book today!