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Yesterday's News [Kindle Edition]

Kajsa Ingemarsson , Neil Betteridge
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Agnes has most things in life: a job at a fancy restaurant, a boyfriend who loves her, and a best friend whom she knows inside out. Or does she? All of a sudden things begin to crumble, one by one, and soon nothing is as it was. Her boyfriend leaves her for a big busted singer, and she is fired by the sexist and abusive owner of the restaurant where she works. She gambles everything she has on the success of a newly opened restaurant, but the road to the glowing review which will open the door to fame and fortune has, to say the least, unexpected twists and turns.
In Yesterday’s News Kajsa Ingemarsson’s comic talent comes into its own. The book is one of the greatest bestsellers of all time in Sweden with more than 800,000 copies sold. Juicy and satisfying, Yesterday’s News is a story about daring and winning and about faith in yourself, a feelgood novel sure to please anyone looking for the antithesis to Stieg Larsson.

Product Details

  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Stockholm Text Publishing AB (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089NUS84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Contemporary Fiction July 3, 2012
Having read and enjoyed Stieg Larsson's The Millenium trilogy, I was intrigued by an email asking for a review of Swenden's #1 non-crime writer, Kajsa Ingemarsson. Yesterday's News sounded like the antithesis of Stieg Larsson's work (I believe it is classified as contemporary women's fiction) and, intrigued by the summary, I happily accepted the book for review.

I really enjoyed Yesterday's News! One of my complaints about The Millenium trilogy was the fact that it was set in Sweden, thus making the reference points hard to follow. I had a hard time following the geographical location of the towns in Larsson's books, and such mundane things as subway stops and street names became confusing. He constantly referenced events in Sweden's past which I had no knowledge of, and in fact, I had to constantly flip back and forth from reading the book to the appendix to better understand what was going on.

Happily for me, none of that was a concern with Yesterday's News. I was able to completely understand everything that was going on. Ingemarsson's writing style flowed and was easy to follow, and most importantly, fun to read. I just love it when I look forward between reading stints to when I can pick a book back up!

I really liked Agnes. She was something of a mystery to me: I could never predict her actions or decisions. I like that in a character. I think unpredictability keeps things interesting. Agnes was one of those characters that I could really relate to. She constantly sees the good in people, and that leaves her open to heartache. She is surprised at people when they don't treat her the way she would treat them, and, consequently, is hurt by some of the people in her life. Agnes doesn't let those circumstances define her, though.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit set in Stockholm May 17, 2012
By Fani
3.5 stars

Yesterday's News is the story of Agnes, a young girl living in Stockholm. She's a waitress but the story starts with her being fired from her job after resisting her boss's flirtation attempts. At the same night she receives a phonecall from her guitarist boyfriend who tells her he's met someone else and they're breaking up. Agnes is devastated by the double loss, but as she breaks the news to her friends and family, the reader sees what a useless scumbag her ex-boyfriend has been and that Agnes is the only one who hasn't realized this. Little by little she tries to pick herself up, find a new job and go out for a drink or two instead of staying in and moping after Tobias, with the instistence of her loyal friend Lussen and things are finally perking up when she meets an ex-colleague who's planning on starting his own restaurant and wants Agnes as his head waitress.

This has been an easy and fast read. I enjoyed reading about Agnes, a girl much like any other out there, and I actually found refreshing the fact that she was satisfied and happy with her job as a waitress and wanted to make a career out of it, instead of looking for something shinier and more glamorous. Despite having never acted as a waitress myself, I found her efforts to find a new job, the time and imagination she put in the opening of the new restaurant, interesting and enjoyable to read. I liked Agnes and thus her troubles touched me and I wished for her to have the job she had been looking for and for a decent boyfriend to replace the one she lost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming December 1, 2012
By Fred
Charming story set in Stockholm, Sweden. I really enjoyed reading about all the delicious cooking in this book. A true feel good story that everyone can recognize themselves in. Agnes, the protagonist is a real glowing star in the gloomy winterland of cold Stockholm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down. November 29, 2012
I've had this book on my to read list for a while. I stumbled upon it again with the new cover, which caught my attention. I finished it in two evenings. Simply couldn't stop reading it. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is an engaging and worthwhile read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, good characters, good writing June 4, 2012
Not all books need to have something catastrophic or crazy happen. Or take you into the Red Room of Pain ...

Sometimes, a good book makes you feel comfortable and cozy. It makes you worry about its hero and want the best for its characters. It sticks with you. You miss the characters when it's over, and you want to find out what happens next in their lives. When I read Eileen Goudge's The Replacement Wife, I was captivated, and I was angry when it ended because I wasn't ready to let go of those characters.

Yesterday's News is along those lines. You come to care so deeply for Agnes that when Kajsa Ingemarsson ends her story, you feel empty, if not a tad aggravated. NOW? You end it NOW? But I'm not ready! What happens to Agnes?

Before you pick up this book, you first need to make sure that you have a full stomach, because Yesterday's News takes place in a restaurant. Agnes has worked in restaurants for ten years, eventually earning her way toward being a head waitress. But when her boss makes a crude pass at her and she costs him an expensive bottle of wine, it's time to find a new job. She meets up with Kalle, an old friend who is starting his own restaurant, and she agrees to join him in his venture.

The Yellow Lemon Tree will feature Mediterranean-style food, and Agnes convinces two former waitstaff pals to join her on the floor. In the kitchen are Filip and Paolo, the latter of whom Agnes recently met and spent quality time with. <wink wink> Yesterday's News takes you from the weeks before the restaurant's opening to the month or so afterwards, as Kalle and his staff struggle to establish their culinary endeavor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and entertaining.
I really liked this book. I'd heard good things about it from the ladies at Smart B*tches Trashy Books (SBTB), so when I saw it on sale I decided to go for it, and I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Two sentence reviews
I loved the character in this book. Loved watching her grow. Enjoyed the scenery and the not so predictable ending.
Published 12 months ago by S. Pownell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lighthearted Swedish read
I really enjoyed this fun and easy to read book. I also enjoyed reading about Sweden from a local writer's perspective. I would recommend for those looking for a lighthearted read.
Published 13 months ago by Adventuress
1.0 out of 5 stars Beach read
This is a mediocre beach read at best. The writing is simplistic and the plot predictable. I finished it because there was nothing else in my beach bag.
Published 13 months ago by Ralph Brickman
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring storyline
I was very disappointed in the writing and story. I expected more from reviews. There were instances of repeated lines . Events were predictable.
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow read.
*SPOILER ALERT about halfway down* It was more of a two and a half star, but I'll upgrade to a three since I was able to finish it. It took me two weeks to finish this book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read about facing life
Book was a good read about a family facing daily life and dealing with it. I enjoyed reading this but wasn't riveted to my chair.
Published 14 months ago by B. Biddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterdays News
Nice to read a story set in Sweden that could have been people I know or have known. Loved the Girl with ... series but good to read something less violent.
Published 14 months ago by Leith Steinwachs
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book keeps your interest from cover to cover. The characters were very real and enjoyable. I didn't want it to end. Enjoyed!
Published 14 months ago by Lois Tripp
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda boring
The beginning was intriguing, middle turned slow, then picked up at the end. I guess I like a little more action in my stories. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Feather Hryczyk
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