I loved The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. It was quirky and fun and at times totally crazy, and unlike anything else I had read before. (Here’s my full review.)
So when I found out there was a new book coming from Jonas Jonasson I was so excited, but also a tiny bit nervous. You know how sometimes you read a second book by an author and it just doesn’t quite live up to the expectations set by the first one? I mean, when you love a book it’s hard to recapture that magic again, especially when it’s a new book as opposed to a sequel.
So, with a bit of hesitation, I opened up the manuscript and prepared to go on another adventure with Jonas.
I have to say, I loved this book from the very beginning. I loved the main character, I loved the crazy adventures, I loved all the plot twists, and I love how underneath all the hilarious, absurd moments there are real, human emotions and a real message about finding yourself and standing up for what you believe in.
The main character in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is a girl named Nombeko who grows up working as a latrine cleaner in a poverty-stricken town in Africa. She’s smart, headstrong, and works her way up until she is a chief advisor at the helm of one of the world’s most secret projects. Yup, she’s one girl you do not want to mess with. I just love this character. I love how strong and smart she is, and I love how throughout the course of the story really takes charge and shows that she is a force to be reckoned with.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but I will say, Jonas has crafted another crazy, fun adventure. There were moments when I just couldn’t believe what was happening. All I will say is that there are nuclear missiles, pillow factories, explosions and car crashes, and a cast of supporting characters you will never forget.
Fans of The 100-Year-Old Man are going to LOVE this book. It has Jonas’s sense of humour and an adventure just like The 100-Year-Old Man but here I feel like there is a bit more heart in this story as Nombeko really finds herself and takes control of her life. You really root for her!
This book is delightful and charming and laugh-out-loud funny and I’m just so excited to put it on my shelf right next to The 100-Year-Old Man. Now I can’t wait to see what Jonas does next!
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