One review that fits two different books.
Now that’s a first.
I just feel pretty much the same about both books.
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune and “Britt Marie was Here” by Fredrik Backman
Both books have a basic plot that is clear from the beginning and it isn’t a spoiler. You know that the main character, a person who lacks self confidence, is ignored by everyone and leads a limited existence, will learn to spread his/her wings.
In both books the issue is ” the how” – more than “the what”. I particularly liked the self dialogue the main characters held with themselves in both books. In the book about Britt Marie the commentary is also delightful. In the other book the dialogues with the children are a real treat!
Both books promote inclusion and learning to see those who are different from you. Linus, the case worker, teaches others that “magical beings” (as far as I’m concerned, that reads as “children with special needs) should be respected and integrated into society. LGBQT as well. Britt Marie meets people whom society would rather not see – you miss them a bit when you have finished reading the book since you now care about their lives.
In short – well written “feel good books”.
Note: I saw the trailer for the film “Britt Marie was here” and I wasn’t pleased. Britt Marie NEVER did jumping jacks with the children, she spread her wings but in a way that was consistent to who she was. I may be judging hastily but the movie looks as if it crossed the line between “feel good” and “Kitsch”…