Ellen Strömberg: We’ll Just Ride Past

This perceptive, realistic novel dives into the world of 15-year-olds on the cusp of the rest of their lives.

Author: Ellen Strömberg
Swedish original: Vi ska ju bara cykla förbi
Publisher: Schildts & Söderströms | Rabén & Sjögren 2022
Genre: YA fiction
Number of pages: 251 pp.
Reading material: Swedish original, Finnish translation, English sampl
e, English synopsis

It’s spring of ninth grade. Manda and Malin are best friends in a small town where nothing ever happens. The girls are known as the bikes, because they’re always riding around looking for excitement, be it people to hang out with, a party, a little love – everything goes. When they’re not riding around, they can be found loitering around the convenience store or the library.

When the hottest guy ever in Malin’s opinion gets a job at the local pizzeria, life feels like it’s finally starting. But is the interest mutual, or is Malin too ordinary? And is she herself really that interested in the end?

In We’ll Just Ride Past, Strömberg, a perceptive depicter of emotional shifts and relationships, captures that phase in a young person’s life when they see themselves as an adult, when spending time with the family is agony and it’s natural to change the way you dress and the music you listen to every week.

Chasing Water is both a keenly funny and profoundly sad book about how to survive and move past growing up.”
– Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper on Störmberg’s debut Chasing Water

“Strömberg is a talented author with an instinct for language and detail.”
– Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (Sweden) on Chasing Water

“Though the events sometimes seem a bit banal – parents’ divorce, first sexual experience, house parties, first period – Strömberg is skilled at stealthily smuggling in acute observations about friendship, adolescence, and growing up as a young woman. A simple story with a whole other level in between the lines.”
– Nuori Voima literary magazine on Chasing Water

Also available:
Itch (2019)
Chasing Water (2018)

Maggan–All Year Round (2020)

About the author:
Ellen Strömberg