Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hyperion (2003)
Goodreads Summary: 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?”
Noe’s Review: This book was very good. I loved the characters within the story, with each one telling their own life experiences.
Eddie is a stubborn soul, but it’s through others, that he learns to forgive and forget and to find peace in his afterlife.
I felt like the moral behind the story was to learn that every one of us is linked to one another. We each impact other people’s lives, and the background characters in this story, help convey this message. I also liked the author’s interpretation of Heaven. I think it was smart to show that even after death, we are still searching; that death does not create happiness.
After Eddie discovers himself, he finds that he is renewed.
This was just a beautiful story, sometimes sad, but well written. It didn’t need big words to make it great, it just was. I highly recommend this book to kids my age and older.