I’m Not Actually Like This
It is May, and Linnea is about to have her confirmation. Everything is ready, but Linnea rides restlessly around on her bike in the wake of a rejection she can’t cope with.
Hanne has imagined a triumphant return to her hometown with her new girlfriend. Last time she was was still “the fat girl”. When she notices how much nicer people suddenly behave towards her, her rage begins to grow.
Bård is the family’s anchor. He is determined to be a better man than his father, but lately, things have started to slip.
Grandfather Nils only wants the best for everybody – but wanting something only gets you this far.
Over the course of the confirmation weekend, we follow these four people as their self-images begin to crack.
I’m Not Really Like This is a sharp, painful, and embarrasingly funny novel about fearing other people’s gaze and longing to be seen, and about the risks of letting other people come too close.