The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Publisher: Hyperion

Stars: ★★★★★

“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, but an answer. 

In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others 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?”

 

So here goes nothing.. after taking days about what my ‘real’ first post should be about because I want this to be just right, despite being in love with YA, I decided to use Mitch Albom’s “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. Mostly because I deem this book as a classic and my home page quote has come from this book. I found this gem(yes, I said gem) at the local used bookstore we have here, in perfect condition AND in hardcover. I’ve never been more excited. I first happened upon this book way back when I was in high school, probably grade 11 and at the time of course, I didn’t like to be forced to read so I kinda sorta didn’t read it but anyway a few years later I actually did read it and loved it. Now from what i’ve read off of Goodreads I found that people either loved or hated this book, there was no in-between.

Since there are many different thoughts on this book this review will be a personal review, don’t take it to heart, everyone has their own opinion. I found this book had really inspired me to be aware of my surroundings, love those who love you, it made me realize that not only do my decisions affect me but they affect the people around me! This book teaches you that although you may think your life has no meaning, it does to everyone around you. With all of that being said and I think people can agree with me when I say this but Mitch Albom has a way with words. This book is so incredibly written, its poetic and captivating.

Depending on what time/what is happening in your life when you read this, is how you’re going to interpret it. I was going through emotional struggles, so this book meant a lot to me and in a way kind of helped me through that time. So I guess this ‘review’ didn’t really turn out to be a review just my thoughts on this book. Don’t read a review hating this book and think you will too, just give it a try! On a side note this book has an abundance of quotes you can put toward your life.

“Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves.”

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.”

And of course, my favourite..

“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.”

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