Monday, February 9, 2015

"The Five People You Meet In Heaven"

Recently, I read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and completely loved it. I'm sure you've heard of this book. It was extremely popular when it was first released, but for some reason I had convinced myself that I wouldn't like it. I think because it sounds like the story would be very focused on religion, and I'm not a religious person. So I decided not to read the book until a few weeks ago and realised how wrong I had been! I finished the book in less than two days and did not want to put it down!

To give you a quick synopsis on the book, it is about an old man named Eddie who works in maintenance at a small amusement park. When he was young, his father had been the maintenance man at that same amusement park, and Eddie always thought he would do bigger things with his life. But after his father got sick, Eddie took over for him and before he knew it, his life was nearly over and he didn't feel like he had lived up to his potential. One day, Eddie is at work and a roller coaster malfunctions. He tries to save a little girl from being hurt, but in doing so, he gets killed in the accident. After that, the book follows Eddie's journey into heaven where he meets five people who had some sort of impact on his life. We learn more about Eddie as a kid, his rocky relationship with his father, his relationship with his wife, and his experience fighting in the war. There are so many emotions in this book, and you will feel every emotion while reading it!

The Five People You Meet in Heaven was written by Mitch Albom, who is the same man who wrote Tuesdays With Morrie. I read Tuesdays with Morrie when I was in high school and really loved it. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is done in a similar style. It's descriptive, but still beautifully written, and you're really able to visualise everything that's happening in the story as you read. Something else great about the book is how quick of a read it is! It is less than 200 pages, so it is a perfect book to read on your way to work if you commute on a train like I do. I would definitely recommend reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and after loving it so much, I am planning to read more books written by Mitch Albom in the future!

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book also when I read it. Great review.