Book Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven


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Emma Lawman, Reporter

    The book, the five people you meet in heaven, begins with the death of an old man(Eddie). Eddie has worked at the Ruby Pier amusement park for his entire life. Eddie died in the amusement park where he worked and ended up in heaven. The people that Eddie meets in heaven take him through his life and sheds light on events that Eddie did not understand at the time. One of the main ideas in the book is that we are all connected, which is reinforced by the characters that Eddie meets. Some of the characters were essential to Eddie’s life and he did not know it.  

   I thought the author of this book, Mitch Albom, had a really interesting idea, and that the book was thought provoking. Although, the ideas in the books were not always ones that I agreed with.  The themes of forgiveness, life purpose, and the idea that we are all connected are addressed in this book. Obviously, it is not a mindless read; the five people you meet in heaven has a “what is it all for” feel to it. The book explores what impact on a single person can have. If you are the type of person who likes to explore larger themes such as  life and death this book is for you. 

   The five people you meet in heaven is not the only book that Mitch Albom has written. His other books include the sequel to the five people you meet in heaven,  Tuesdays with Morrie, Have a little faith, etc. All of the books have something to do with the meaning of life, religion, etc. These are topics that Albom likes to cover in his novels. If you are interested in any of these topics then his books are for you.