A Man Called Ove (Book Review)

It feels like so long since my last book review, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I was in a slump for several weeks, trudging through some books that weren’t peaking my interest. Then, I picked up A Man Called Ove.

*Goodreads Synopsis*

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.


I’ve had this book sitting in the back seat of my car for the past month and a half. I’ve seen the title floating around the blogging community for several months now and I was ecstatic when one of my good friends gave me a copy. This is one of those books with some mixed reviews, but it has a pretty high overall rating on Goodreads.

So back to why this was in my backseat. My classes have been a lot more work this semester. The free time I do have, I spend on extracurricular activities like Student Government and organizations on campus. That being said, I wasn’t giving myself any real time to read. Well, that changed when I finally picked up A Man Called Ove.

I knew this book would be a time commitment from the moment I read the first page. It was then that I made the decision to make time to read, instead of watching TV or letting myself get distracted by YouTube videos. I stayed up late reading chapters upon chapters of A Man Called Ove, I couldn’t put the book down half the time.

The story is so rich, so moving. I felt myself getting emotionally attached to the characters of this story, especially Ove. I loved the back and forth between past and present. I really enjoyed the way we were able to see the events that passed through Ove’s life that made him who he was. I gave this story a five star rating, not only for how it made me feel, but for the new way it made me think.

Have you read A Man Called Ove?

What are you currently reading?

What should I read next?

Let me know in the comments, let’s chat!


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

10 thoughts on “A Man Called Ove (Book Review)”

  1. Hi, Rae. I’m glad you finally had time to read and really enjoy a book. I loved A Man Called Ove, too. Ove is a character who has stayed with me for months after reading the book.There’s something unforgettable about him.

    I’m currently reading Sally Hepworth’s new novel, The Mother-in-Law. I like her books. She an Australian writer. This novel is intriguing. I’m eager to find out who killed the mother-in-law.

    I hope you enjoy the next book you pick up.

    Are you doing #TwoForTuesday this month? If you are, I missed it.

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    1. Ove is definitely unforgettable. I haven’t read from an Australian author in quite a while, is it adult fiction?

      I posted the prompts on Sunday, I had them scheduled ahead of time since I was out of town. I don’t think I got around to posting the participants list so that’s most likely why you didn’t get to see it. I’ll try to post that as soon as I get back home. Thank you for keeping up with my page, I appreciate the support 😁💖


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