Thursday, 4 October 2012

Book Review! The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 196 pages
Format: Library hardcover

I have a love for Carrie Hope Fletcher, a British youtuber with a passion for reading and fairy tales. A while ago, she made a video about her top ten favourite books, and since then, I have been slowly going through all of them, realizing what amazing taste in books she has.

 From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

I wasn't completely in love with this book, but I really did love the story. Mitch Albom did an amazing job of creating this angelic place where the story took place, but not such a great job with the plot. He created this for of heaven that is so different from a lot of people's ideas, but is still just an incredible.

I also really liked how some of the people he met in Heaven, he had never met on earth. But that didn't matter because he was still affected by them. This was probably the highlight, getting to hear some of these stories, but It got old quite quickly, and I found that I was pushing myself to actually finish the novel.

Overall, It was a good idea, and the beginning was great, but as the story went on, the plot went downhill. It was okay, but only worthy of 2.5/3 stars.


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