Beartown

Bobo Character Analysis

Bobo is the son of Hog and Ann-Katrin. He plays on the junior hockey team. An enormous, lumbering player, he repeatedly flattens Amat during Amat’s first junior practice, but he soon grows sympathetic, and the two become friends during Kevin’s party. Belying his awkward exterior, Bobo can be tender-hearted and even has a romantic streak. He defends Amat against his teammates when they attack Amat for disloyalty, showing how courageous he is at heart. He stays in Beartown to join the new A-team and teaches children’s skating.

Bobo Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Bobo or refer to Bobo. 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 Simon & Schuster edition of Beartown published in 2017.
Chapter 17 Quotes

The storm of laughter from all the juniors makes the room shake. In the end even David smiles, and he’ll think back to that moment many times afterward: whether a joke is always only a joke, whether that particular one went too far, whether there are different rules inside and outside a locker room, whether it’s acceptable to cross the line in order to defuse tension and get rid of nerves before a game, or if he should have stopped Lars and intervened by saying something to the guys. But he does nothing. Just lets them all laugh. He’ll think about that when he gets home and looks his girlfriend in the eye.

Related Characters: David, Bobo, Lars, David’s girlfriend
Page Number: 135
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Chapter 50 Quotes

None of them sees the first skate of the child who’s the last one out. She’s four years old, a scrawny little kid in gloves that are too big for her, with bruises everyone sees but nobody asks about. Her helmet slips down across her eyes, but the look in them is clear enough.

Adri and Sune come after her, ready to hold the girl up, until they realize that there’s no need. The four boys at the center circle will build a new A-team next season, but that doesn’t matter, because in ten years’ time it won’t be their names that make the people of this town stand taller.

And they’ll all lie and say they were here and saw it happen. The first skate of the girl who will become the most talented player this club has ever seen. They’ll all say they knew it even then.

Related Symbols: Bears, Cherry Blossoms
Page Number: 415
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Bobo Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Bobo appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...they’re not like everyone else. As they walk into school, chatting, a hockey player named Bobo knocks Zacharias’s cap off his head, then shoves him to his knees. He tosses back... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Kevin. He calls her “my lovely” in reply, sparking laughter from the other hockey players. Bobo takes the chance to yell, “Just calm down, sweet cheeks!” Before too long, the classroom... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Amat is doing his best to appear invisible. Eventually, though, Bobo crosses the locker room and towers over him, smiling. He mockingly scolds the other guys... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...hurt him, and he hears them laughing behind his back. David decides that Amat and Bobo should do some one-on-one. He knows Amat is exhausted from almost two back-to-back training sessions,... (full context)
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...is so narrow that it’s obvious that Amat doesn’t stand a chance of not meeting Bobo head-on. Sure enough, Bobo knocks Amat down with all his weight. David gestures for them... (full context)
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Bobo pursues Amat in “blind fury,” but Benji stops him. David decides to include Amat in... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...dropping off his wife’s car for another man to fix. Hog says that his son, Bobo, will fix the car. Peter starts to protest that Bobo should have a rest before... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Bobo can’t stand the silence in the locker room. He’s always been afraid of being forgotten... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...a single family lives in such a big house. He goes into the kitchen with Bobo and Lyt, where everyone is doing shots. Lyt drunkenly explains that Amat can have any... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Bobo and Amat end up firing shots on the ice rink, since they’re both out of... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...knocks Zach’s hat off. Soon the bully and Zach are locked in a fight. Suddenly, Bobo appears and scares the bullies off. (full context)
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Bobo tells Amat that he’s “one of us now. No one touches us.” He invites Amat... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...with a girl at Kevin’s party. After the other players go out onto the ice, Bobo stays behind and picks up the trash the others left behind. (full context)
Chapter 27
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After practice that day, Amat is invited to join Kevin, Lyt, and Bobo for a movie in Hed. Amat is amaze by how natural his inclusion suddenly feels.... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...pregnant. Then he sees the police car. When the police pull Kevin off the bus, Bobo and Lyt try to block their path. Kevin looks “vulnerable, defenseless. Perhaps that’s why all... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...are fighting as hard as they can. Amat blocks shot after shot with his helmet. Bobo collapses in exhaustion. Benji seems to be everywhere at once, playing through pain. But at... (full context)
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...once he makes it back to the locker room, he can’t get his skates off. Bobo comes out to the parking lot to find Gaby. When she comes inside to help,... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Hog and Ann-Katrin watch as Bobo goes off to meet with the other players for an optional training session. Lyt, Bobo... (full context)
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...bring down the team. They all have to stand together in support of Kevin. Later, Bobo approaches Amat and tries to explain that it’s important for them to go to Hed... (full context)
Chapter 43
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When Amat gets outside, Lyt immediately charges at him, but suddenly Ann-Katrin, Bobo’s mom, pushes between them and stares down the massive hockey player. Bobo stands by, feeling... (full context)
Chapter 45
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Ann-Katrin watches the hockey team speaking to her son outside the house. Lyt is giving Bobo orders. Bobo has only ever wanted to belong to something. Now he stands there alone... (full context)
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...he’s being assaulted by several teammates at once, one of them holding a metal pipe. Bobo, ever slower than the rest of the group, catches up after they’ve started attacking Amat.... (full context)
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...short distance away, illuminating the boys with its headlights. They take off running. Amat and Bobo lie there in silence for a while, then slowly assess their injuries. They start joking... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Hog and Bobo are working together in Hog’s garage. Hog is struggling to have a heart-to-heart with his... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Fatima drives Amat to Hed in a car she’s borrowed from Bobo’s parents. Amat goes inside and spends the stack of kronor. Later, when Maya gets home,... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Later that year, four teenagers are teaching a kids’ skating class: Amat, Zacharias, Bobo, and Benji. Ten years from now, two of them will be professional hockey players, one... (full context)