Beartown

Kevin is 17 years old, the most talented hockey player Beartown has seen in decades. In fact, the hockey club wants to promote Kevin to the professional A-team already, and he’s had offers from bigger teams and inquiries from the NHL. Everything about Kevin’s daily life is strictly regimented and controlled, in service to his hockey goals. His wealthy parents pour tons of money into Kevin’s training—providing things like specially catered meals and a home practice rink—but they take little interest in watching him play; Mr. Erdahl, in particular, is only interested in Kevin’s success. Kevin is a lonely person; Benji is his best friend and the only person who’s really on his wavelength. Kevin is attracted to Maya, and at the victory party after the semifinal, they both get drunk and go upstairs to his room, where he eventually rapes her. He is arrested just before the final game, but is largely supported by his team and Beartown residents. Kevin often displays an entitled attitude and expects to get what he wants. In fact, after the case against him is dropped, Kevin still gets the chance to play for the A-team in nearby Hed. However, Benji knows the truth about what happened and severs ties with Kevin. Maya terrifies Kevin with an unloaded shotgun while he’s jogging one night. Ten years later, he’s apparently happily married with a child on the way, but after an unexpected sighting of Maya, he reveals everything to his wife.

Kevin Erdahl Quotes in Beartown

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Chapter 2  Quotes

All the love this town could thaw out was passed down and still seems to end up devoted to [hockey]: ice and boards, red and blue lines, sticks and pucks and every ounce of determination and power in young bodies hurtling at full speed into the corners in the hunt for those pucks. The stands are packed every weekend, year after year, even though the team’s achievements have collapsed in line with the town’s economy. And perhaps that’s why— because everyone hopes that when the team’s fortunes improve again, the rest of the town will get pulled up with it. […] So they’ve coached their junior team with the same values their forebears used to construct their community: work hard, take the knocks, don’t complain, keep your mouth shut, and show the bastards in the big cities where we’re from.

Related Characters: Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl
Page Number: 4
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Chapter 27 Quotes

Even in Hed people recognize them, and they get slaps on the back and congratulations. After the movie, when Amat thinks they’re on the way home, Lyt turns off the main road just after the Beartown sign. He stops by the lake. Amat doesn’t understand why until Kevin opens the trunk of the car. They’ve got beer, lights, skates, and hockey sticks in the back. They put their woollen hats down to mark the goals.

They play hockey on the lake that night, four boys, and everything feels simple. As if they were children. Amat is amazed at how straightforward it is. Staying silent in return for being allowed to join in.

Related Characters: Kevin Erdahl, Amat, William Lyt
Page Number: 217
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Chapter 35 Quotes

Hate can be a deeply stimulating emotion. The world becomes much easier to understand and much less terrifying if you divide everything and everyone into friends and enemies, we and they, good and evil. The easiest way to unite a group isn’t through love, because love is hard. It makes demands. Hate is simple.

So the first thing that happens in a conflict is that we choose a side, because that’s easier than trying to hold two thoughts in our heads at the same time. The second thing that happens is that we seek out facts that confirm what we want to believe— comforting facts, ones that permit life to go on as normal. The third is that we dehumanize our enemy. There are many ways of doing that, but none is easier than taking her name away from her.

Related Characters: Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl
Page Number: 273
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Chapter 38 Quotes

She will always be this to them now: at best the girl who got raped, at worst the girl who lied. They will never let her be anyone but that. In every room, on every street, in the supermarket and at the rink, she will walk in like an explosive device. They will be scared to touch her, even the ones who believe her, because they don’t want to risk getting hit by shrapnel when she detonates. They will back away in silence, turn in a different direction. They will wish that she would just disappear, that she had never been here. Not because they hate her, because they don’t, not all of them: they don’t all scrawl BITCH on her locker, they don’t all rape her, they aren’t all evil. But they’re all silent. Because that’s easier.

Related Characters: Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl
Page Number: 298
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Chapter 41 Quotes

“It’s never your fault, is it? When are you going to admit that it isn’t ‘hockey’ that raises these boys, it’s YOU LOT? In every time and every place, I’ve come across men who blame their own stupidity on crap they themselves have invented. ‘Religion causes wars,’ ‘guns kill people,’ it’s all the same old bullshit! […] YOU’RE the problem! Religion doesn’t fight, guns don’t kill, and you need to be very fucking clear that hockey has never raped anyone! But do you know who do? Fight and kill and rape?”

Sune clears his throat. “Men?”

“MEN! It’s always fucking men!”

Related Characters: Sune (speaker), Ramona (speaker), Kevin Erdahl
Page Number: 326
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Ana feels like pushing her neighbor up against the wall and telling him that the locker room where those boys sit telling their stupid jokes ends up preserving them like a tin can. It makes them mature more slowly, while some even go rotten inside. And they don’t have any female friends, and there are no women’s teams here, so they learn that hockey only belongs to them, and their coaches teach them that girls are a “distraction.” So they learn that girls only exist for fucking. She wants to point out how all the old men in this town praise them for “fighting” and “not backing down,” but not one single person tells them that when a girl says no, it means NO. And the problem with this town is not only that a boy raped a girl, but that everyone is pretending that he DIDN’T do it. So now all the other boys will think that what he did was okay.

Related Characters: Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl, Ana
Page Number: 330
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Chapter 43 Quotes

My name is Amat. I saw what Kevin did to Maya. I was drunk, I’m in love with her, and I’m telling you that straight so that you lying bastards don’t have to say it behind my back when I walk out of here. Kevin Erdahl raped Maya Andersson. I’m going to go to the police tomorrow, and they’ll say I’m not a reliable witness. But I’m going to tell you everything now, everything that Kevin did, everything that I saw. And you won’t ever forget it. You know that my eyes work better than anyone else’s in here. Because that’s the first thing you learn on the Beartown Ice Hockey Club, isn’t it? ‘You can’t teach that way of seeing. That’s something you’re born with.’

Related Characters: Amat (speaker), Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl, Fatima
Page Number: 353
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Chapter 44 Quotes

Inside the house his dad is sitting with a newly opened bottle of whisky in front of him. They didn’t get everything they wanted this evening, but they haven’t lost either. Tomorrow their lawyer will start to prepare all the arguments why a drunk young man who is in love with the young woman is not a credible witness. Then Kevin will start playing for Hed Ice Hockey, taking his team with him, almost all the sponsors, and all their plans for life will be intact. One day very soon everyone around them will simply pretend that this has never happened. Because this family does not lose. Not even when they do.

Page Number: 366
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Kevin Erdahl Character Timeline in Beartown

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Chapter 3
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The “banging” comes from the Erdahl family garden. Kevin Erdahl is shooting pucks. At age seven, Kevin scored all the goals in his very... (full context)
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After that, Kevin’s parents had a small rink constructed in their garden. At 17, he’s now the most... (full context)
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...roads, more businesses, more jobs. It would rejuvenate the town’s pride. Because of all that, Kevin bears “the weight of an entire community on his shoulders.” (full context)
Chapter 5
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...alcoholic father, and “hockey noticed him when no one else did.” The second talent was Kevin, about 10 years ago. (full context)
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...he “discovered” will be his downfall, with Peter firing him, David taking his job, and Kevin the living validation of both those decisions. (full context)
Chapter 6
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...quickly. The reason Sune is being fired boils down to the fact that everyone wants Kevin Erdahl on the A-team already, but Sune refuses, believing that “it takes more than hormones... (full context)
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...first” attitude, and the club is using it against him now. If he had allowed Kevin to play on the A-team, it would have probably saved his job. He wishes he... (full context)
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David understands that just because Kevin Erdahl is the best player doesn’t mean he’s the most important. On the video he... (full context)
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...the video of Benji hitting a defender with his stick to stop him from overtaking Kevin on the ice. This leads to a ten-minute on-ice brawl. David isn’t bothered by Benji’s... (full context)
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...high. Benji knows David would never throw him off the team for smoking pot, because Kevin is so important to the team—“Kevin is the jewel, Benji the insurance policy.” (full context)
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Benji goes to Kevin’s house. Nobody remembers how they became best friends, but they’re inseparable. When Kevin’s mom answers... (full context)
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...Mrs. Erdahl automatically puts everything back the way it was. Outside, Benji sits down by Kevin’s garden rink. After Kevin’s parents leave, Benji smokes another joint and eventually falls asleep. Kevin,... (full context)
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Kevin goes to the bathroom at home because the bathrooms at school stress him out. Home... (full context)
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Kevin remembers a time in primary school when he got lost after a game and was... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...that what’s missing from his team is speed. The junior team’s first line consists of Kevin, Benji, and a strong, slow player named William Lyt. David has always been able to... (full context)
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...the rink. It reminds him of the fact that, once, he was more promising than Kevin Erdahl, even better than Peter Andersson. (full context)
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Jeannette tries appealing to Kevin. He calls her “my lovely” in reply, sparking laughter from the other hockey players. Bobo... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...quiet; the players are beginning to feel nervous about tomorrow’s big game. William Lyt asks Kevin if he has any chewing tobacco. Kevin says that he doesn’t. Later, when Benji asks... (full context)
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As the rest of the locker room empties, Kevin hangs back and asks Amat if he knows Maya—does she have a boyfriend? At last,... (full context)
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Kevin is practicing in his garden rink at home. Mrs. Erdahl says it’s time to drop... (full context)
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...rink cafeteria, helping Kira prepare food for the hockey crowd. Ana keeps teasing Maya about Kevin, since Maya is clearly distracted by thoughts of him. Kira leaves the cafeteria when Ana’s... (full context)
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Kevin rides to the game next to his father. Mr. Erdahl quizzes him on his upcoming... (full context)
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When they get to the rink, Mr. Erdahl just pats Kevin’s shoulder and says that Kevin can tell him everything tomorrow. Their basement is stacked with... (full context)
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...hard at Ana’s antics that she doesn’t hear him, and before Amat can repeat himself, Kevin walks in. In moments, he’s making Maya laugh, and he invites her to the victory... (full context)
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...“win.” The whole team erupts. Before he opens the locker room door, David whispers to Kevin that he’s proud of him. (full context)
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...makes her tremble, so she goes inside and clutches Holger’s photo instead. Inside the rink, Kevin gets the first goal, but soon the technically proficient opposition catches on to how good... (full context)
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...and get past a defenseman with the puck, just far enough to pass it to Kevin, who quickly scores. (full context)
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As the crowd raucously celebrates, Kevin climbs over the boards and throws himself into David’s arms, telling him, “For you!” David... (full context)
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...and worst moment of his life, as he realizes that everybody is now looking at Kevin—including Maya. But then Benji skates past and says, “She’ll notice you when we win the... (full context)
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Kevin is being interviewed by the local paper. He is calm and professional, giving neutral answers... (full context)
Chapter 20
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There’s a loud, drunken party taking place at the Erdahl house. Kevin is the only person who doesn’t seem to be enjoying it. He’s having trouble winding... (full context)
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...younger and cared more about hotwiring snowmobiles than fitting into the crowd. When Maya arrives, Kevin goes straight over to greet her. Seeing this, Benji irritably leaves, and all the older... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Maya drinks a lot of shots with Lyt and Kevin. Maya is fascinated by the way Kevin seems to live on instinct. Kevin is fascinated... (full context)
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...so drunk she’s leaning on the walls for support. Lyt makes a whispered bet with Kevin—that Kevin will “NEVER get to fuck […] the GM’s daughter.” They shake on a bet... (full context)
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...to drink that night. She’s been circling the house in search of a bathroom when Kevin offers to show her the upstairs. They wind up in his bedroom, where Maya smokes... (full context)
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Maya and Kevin are lying on his bed, and they start kissing. But when Kevin starts forcing her... (full context)
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...her life, but she never imagined it could happen with someone she knew and trusted. Kevin touches her body as if it’s “a thing he had earned” and not connected to... (full context)
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The older girls in Kevin’s kitchen laugh cruelly when Ana asks about Maya, calling her a “second-rate bitch.” Ana doesn’t... (full context)
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...or what it was he heard. But for some reason, he opens the door of Kevin’s room and sees Maya’s tears and torn clothes, and the marks on her neck. His... (full context)
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Kevin has played through countless hockey injuries and they’ve never bothered him, but today, the scratches... (full context)
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Kevin’s parents get home late that night to a spotless house. Mr. Erdahl finds the statistics... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Kevin’s dad comes outside and shoots some pucks with him that morning. He almost asks Kevin... (full context)
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Inside, Kevin’s mom wishes she could talk to him. She was puzzled to find sheets and a... (full context)
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Kevin knocks on William Lyt’s door and asks him if he’s ready to walk to school.... (full context)
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Lyt finds it “dizzying” to be caught up in the attention Kevin receives as they walk into school together. Kevin goes into one of the school bathrooms,... (full context)
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Benji is startled to see Kevin exiting a school bathroom. He and Kevin have always understood each other, and Benji has... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...have been happy to play for Sune. Sune doesn’t tell Benji that it’s him, not Kevin, that he believes could be ready to play for the A-team. Adri comes out and... (full context)
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...upcoming media interview. He knows he can never properly explain what makes a player like Kevin—it’s an intangible desire to win, an inability to accept not winning, that can’t be taught.... (full context)
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...players are mostly silent as Lyt lies about a sexual encounter with a girl at Kevin’s party. After the other players go out onto the ice, Bobo stays behind and picks... (full context)
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During practice, Kevin says to Amat, “What you think you saw […] you know what women are like.”... (full context)
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...call from a Canadian NHL scout, an old friend of his. The scout asks about Kevin’s recent progress and asks whether Peter would agree with his decision to include Kevin in... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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Maya alternates between sleeping and reliving what happened in Kevin’s room. She wishes she could rewind to Friday, before everything happened. She even stole some... (full context)
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...jogging trail that the town built so that women could run safely. Later, she notices Kevin running ahead of her. He stops, as if startled by the dogs, but then she... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...Maya assures her that it isn’t their fault. Ana and Maya argue about telling what Kevin did. Ana knows it isn’t fair to ask Maya to do that. Maya explains that... (full context)
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...did other things, too—when the club had a “fathers against sons” game, David picked up Kevin and Benji and took them to the lake to play with him. (full context)
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The police keep asking questions about what Maya did, not about what Kevin did. Questions like which parts were voluntary or forced, how much she drank or smoked,... (full context)
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...told him that she’s 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.... (full context)
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Peter, who feels completely incapable of violence, nevertheless wants to watch someone else harm Kevin. That’s why he stands at a distance, watching the arrest. David notices he’s there. (full context)
Chapter 31
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...When David gets a text from Mr. Erdahl with the news of the charges against Kevin, he doesn’t tell the team. (full context)
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When Peter arrives at the hospital, he wants to triumphantly announce Kevin’s arrest, but when he sees Maya in the hospital room, all he can do is... (full context)
Chapter 32
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When the opposing team hears that Kevin Erdahl won’t even be playing today, they can taste victory. They rush into the rink,... (full context)
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Tails is waiting for news from David about Kevin. Whoever it is who’s “snatched [the team’s] chance of victory away from them,” Tails “already... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...staying overnight in Hed, they all decide to return to Beartown to be there when Kevin is released. On the way home on the bus, people begin hearing the news about... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...the aftermath of Isak’s death. Peter blames himself; his club is responsible for the way Kevin was nurtured. Kira feels nothing but the desire to kill Kevin. (full context)
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...that if she hadn’t been ready for what people would say, she wouldn’t have reported Kevin. After all, this is only going to get worse before it gets better. After Kira... (full context)
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...annoyingly competitive, but great, father. He wonders aloud what to do about the situation with Kevin. She just tells him to do his job—he isn’t a policeman or a lawyer. (full context)
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...an optional training session. Lyt, Bobo explains, has demanded that the team pull together for Kevin’s sake. Ann-Katrin says that she saw Maya, and they’ve got to say something to Bobo... (full context)
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...“conspiracy” to 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... (full context)
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In Hed, Kevin emerges from the police station, surrounded by his parents, smartly dressed lawyers, members of the... (full context)
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...about 20 yards away with a hood hiding his face. The adults don’t notice, but Kevin makes the briefest of eye contact, and then looks down. Amat, too, lingers outside the... (full context)
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...follows her for the rest of her life. Meanwhile, a group of older girls from Kevin’s party dump a glass of milk on Maya, saying cruelly that no one would want... (full context)
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Kevin’s mom is shaking. She wonders who you save in a sinking ship scenario, and decides... (full context)
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Kevin’s dad is sitting in the “command center,” the Erdahls’ kitchen, making phone calls. All the... (full context)
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...just showing that they stand united with the family. David doesn’t respond. David goes into Kevin’s room and asks him to just look him in the eye and say he didn’t... (full context)
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...bringing it all down. On the ride back from the police station, he roared at Kevin for getting drunk the week before the final, focusing on the cause of the situation... (full context)
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Mr. Erdahl comes in and talks to David and Kevin. He explains that it’s a choice between the two of them and Peter Andersson—somebody will... (full context)
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...to him, admiring his play during the semifinal and saying what a great A-team he, Kevin, and the others can build next year. Amat knows they’re watching his facial expression when... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...they can’t build a new hockey academy in Beartown in light of the accusation against Kevin. Tails knows what that loss would likely mean for the town—an economic collapse. He’s always... (full context)
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Kevin’s dad drives to the Hollow in his expensive car. He picks up Amat. He tells... (full context)
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...car, Mr. Erdahl tells him that though he might have thought he saw something at Kevin’s party, drinking puts strange ideas in people’s heads. He also asks abruptly if Amat is... (full context)
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The hockey team is having an optional training session in the forest. Mr. Erdahl drops Kevin off there, and his teammates cheer. David shakes Kevin’s and his dad’s hands. The club... (full context)
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...want the club to fire him. Ana is furious—how could people be acting as if Kevin is the victim, and Peter is deliberately trying to bring the club down? The club... (full context)
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...They go inside and talk about Sune’s dismissal over coffee and whisky. Sune says that Kevin’s actions were “utterly damn shameful,” but that he’s worried the town will try to blame... (full context)
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...sound as if his son is the victim, Erdahl loses his composure and screams that Kevin really is the victim. He’s angry that Ramona is trying to “blame this on hockey.”... (full context)
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...during the hockey club meeting, Maya stands in the shelter of the woods and watches Kevin running around the illuminated jogging track. She times his laps and holds an imaginary rifle,... (full context)
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...Amat has to join the team at the rink to show a united front for Kevin. Later, Fatima goes into Amat’s room. Amat shows her the business card Mr. Erdahl gave... (full context)
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...at everyone, staring especially at Erdahl, then speaks: “My name is Amat. I saw what Kevin did to Maya. I was drunk, I’m in love with her, and I’m telling you... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...what [Peter] stands for.” He explains that he saw Peter standing by and watching as Kevin was arrested and claims that Peter caused the arrest as a form of revenge. When... (full context)
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...mom, and his sisters are getting ready to eat dinner together, the doorbell rings, It’s Kevin’s mom, asking to have a word with Benji. As they sit outside, Mrs. Erdahl recalls... (full context)
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Kevin’s dad didn’t get everything he wanted, but it’s not the worst outcome for the Erdahls,... (full context)
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...Mrs. Erdahl. Mrs. Erdahl has been told that there’s no reliable evidence to use against Kevin. But even as she stands there, she still sees lingering bruises on Maya’s neck and... (full context)
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...window, Amat sees his teammates congregating outside. He knows this is no longer about what Kevin has or hasn’t done, but about the fact that the team is looking for an... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Amat and Kevin both give the Hed police their testimonies that day. Later, in her office, Kira gets... (full context)
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...player, whom he’s recently kissed for the first time. Then he gets a text from Kevin asking him to meet on their favorite childhood island. Benji limps all the way there... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Kevin is jogging on the illuminated track. When Maya emerges from the woods, there’s no time... (full context)
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Kevin collapses, convinced that he’s dying. He’s crying like a baby. Maya lowers the shotgun and... (full context)
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In that parking lot 10 years from now, Maya could walk over and tell Kevin’s wife exactly what he did, but she doesn’t. She lets him live with the knowledge... (full context)