Genre: General Fiction
Publication date: October 9th, 2018
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 224
In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he saved on earth—in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.
Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom’s beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie’s journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story.
The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie’s life is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally found happiness.
As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey—and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.
Poignant and beautiful, filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that not only does every life matter, but that every ending is also a beginning—we only need to open our eyes to see it.
I was pretty excited to find out MITCH ALBOM wrote a sequel to his famous book The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I have always loved Albom’s works and I’m glad The Next Person You Meet in Heaven did not disappoint! I am always skeptical of sequels, but I am glad this one turned out great.
I first read The Five People You Meet in Heaven years ago back in college, and didn’t remember much from it when I started The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. But fret not, Albom does a fantastic job of bringing up bits and pieces from the first book to jog our memory. I found myself remembering Eddie in no time!
I love how the book brings us back and forth between Annie’s upbringing and her wedding night where an incident caused her to visit heaven, and Eddie eventually. In true Albom style, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is an emotional book that questions just how huge of an effect we bring to other people through our own lives. I love how Albom’s style of writing triggers questions not only in interpersonal faith, but our own versions of heaven and what we seek in the afterlife. Just when we think our presence does not in any way brought value to other people, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that we are always linked to others in the experiences we gain and give.
“Because we embrace our scars more than our healing”
Similar to the first book, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven brings us on another heavenly journey to see the five people who made a huge impact in Annie’s life. Reading about her life and how not everyone gets the life they deserve growing up, brought a sense of awareness that you can still bring a lot of joy when you overcome your adversity. I love this book for all the positivity it brought at the end. Everyone knows what a sucker I am for all things kind and optimistic. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us to always do good, no matter how small. You never know whose life you’ll touch through your presence. It is definitely a feel-good book that inspires you to be a little bit better.
Things happen to people all the time, how you choose to respond and grow from it is what makes you better. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is definitely worth picking up. I am glad I had an extra couple days of vacation to indulge in this book. It’s a book you don’t want to miss, especially if you’re an Albom fan!
“Love comes when you least expect it. Love comes when you most need it. Love comes when you are ready to receive it or can no longer deny it.”
Thank you Pansing Books for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.