A Man Called Ove

Adrian / “The Youth” Character Analysis

Adrian is a teenager who is in love with a girl that lives on Ove's street. Adrian meets Ove while trying to fix the girl's bicycle. Ove refers to him as "the youth" before learning his name. Adrian is kind but awkward, which Ove finds infuriating. Adrian works as a mail carrier and also has a job in a cafe to save money to buy a car. He was one of Sonja's students before her death. Ove teaches Adrian to fix the bike, helps him buy a proper car, and leaves him the Saab after his death.

Adrian / “The Youth” Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Adrian / “The Youth” or refer to Adrian / “The Youth”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Washington Square Press edition of A Man Called Ove published in 2015.
Chapter 32 Quotes

When he almost imperceptibly takes a half step backwards into the hall...he notices, from the corner of his eye, the photo of Sonja on the wall. The red dress. The bus trip to Spain when she was pregnant. He asked her so many times to take that bloody photo down, but she refused. She said it was "a memory worth as much as any other."

Page Number: 280
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Adrian / “The Youth” Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

The timeline below shows where the character Adrian / “The Youth” appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
6. A Man Called Ove and a Bicycle That Should Have Been Left Where Bicycles Are Left
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...the bike was improperly parked, and the youth (whose name is later revealed to be Adrian) incredulously replies that he was repairing the bike. Ove points out that it's a woman's... (full context)
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Ove and the youth glare at each other and Ove notices another teenager with "black stuff" around his eyes... (full context)
26. A Man Called Ove and a Society Where No One Can Repair a Bicycle Anymore
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Ove throws the door open and nearly hits the youth , who is wearing a postman's uniform and standing outside. Ove asks the youth what... (full context)
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Ove and the youth stand for a minute and remember Sonja, and finally Ove asks the youth what he... (full context)
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The youth looks suddenly excited, but asks to come tomorrow since he has another job. Ove asks... (full context)
29. A Man Called Ove and a Bender
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...sandwiches. Ove and Parvaneh enter the cafe and the youth greets them, introducing himself as Adrian and offering them something to drink. Parvaneh asks for a latte and Ove asks for... (full context)
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Parvaneh asks why they're at the cafe and Ove explains that Adrian's bike needs to be repaired. Adrian thanks Ove for bringing the bike and explains to... (full context)
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Adrian is standing behind the Saab looking lost. Ove gives Adrian his cup and unhooks the... (full context)
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When Ove and Adrian re-enter the cafe, a short, wide man is on a ladder messing with the fan... (full context)
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...minutes. Amel excitedly offers Ove whiskey, which Ove uncomfortably refuses. As Ove leaves the cafe, Adrian runs after him and asks Ove to not say anything to Amel about the young... (full context)
32. A Man Called Ove Isn't Running a Damned Hotel
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A few seconds later, Adrian and Mirsad come to Ove's door. Ove naturally thinks they're thieving hooligans and kicks the... (full context)
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...says that this was a stupid idea. Ove presses for more information, and Mirsad and Adrian explain that they were hoping Mirsad could stay with Ove. Ove tells them he's not... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence
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...before. He's spent the last few nights in Patrick and Parvaneh's kitchen with Jimmy, Mirsad, Adrian, and Anders, formulating a plan to help Rune. After a few nights, Ove made a... (full context)
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...asks who's going to take care of him, and Ove, Parvaneh, Patrick, Jimmy, Anders, and Adrian appear behind her and say that they will. The man looks suspicious. Lena walks up... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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At the graveyard, Parvaneh, Patrick, Nasanin, the seven-year-old, Jimmy, Adrian, and Mirsad come up behind Ove and greet Sonja. Parvaneh lowers herself down and gives... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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...Parvaneh follow Ove's stretcher into the operating room and it takes Patrick, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian, and four nurses to keep her from following. She overturns benches and screams at doctors.... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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As spring arrives, Parvaneh passes her driving test, Ove teaches Adrian to change tires, and Ove shows photos of Parvaneh's little boy to everyone he meets.... (full context)
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...bank information, instruction manuals, insurance documents, and a letter for Parvaneh. The letter says that Adrian gets the Saab and explains who to contact for Ove's money, which came from Sonja's... (full context)