And this was Book 2 of my vacation reads. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! And thank you, Fredrik Backman, for a wonderful book which did NOT have me ugly crying at the end--I appreciate it.
I love the spunk of Elsa, the 7-year-old main character who is obsessed with Harry Potter and lives in an apartment building across the hall from her absolutely off-the-wall-crazy grandmother. Granny has spent the last seven years with Elsa creating a magical kingdom called Miamas, populated with magical creatures and fantasy characters. When Granny suddenly dies and Elsa is tasked with delivering posthumous apology letters from Granny, she learns that the stories Granny created were metaphors for the people who populate Elsa's actual world. And she learns much more about her Granny than she ever imagined. One of the last things her Granny asked of Elsa was, "Promise you won't hate me when you find out who I've been." It's a struggle, but Elsa keeps this promise. And she learns that there is real power in being different. And that all seven-year-olds should have superheroes.