Book Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven

The five people you meet in heaven, Mitch Albom.
I remember Joanne Harris once saying “some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul.” This book relates to those words so well and was exactly what it did to me. I remember it being on my suggested list on Amazon and reading such great reviews, but at that time there was other books I was absolutely craving to get my hands on, so I didn’t purchase it. A few months after that I got a sample chapter off the iBooks app and was gripped to it, though still, there were other books. It weren’t until our trip to Whitstable with my pops that I finally decided to get it. I’d finally decided on four books and was heading for the cashier when I noticed it. Without thinking I grabbed it, and swapped it with one of my books I was already holding. Having now read it, I am so glad I saw it and had that sudden impulse. By the following night I had devoured it, cover to cover.
Albom tells the tale of Eddie the maintenance guy at ruby pier, and how he dies and of course, the five people he meets in heaven. Throughout the book he meets the five people, and his story unravels as he understands how and why his life played out the way that it had. How even though he may have felt he never truly did something or made something of his life, and that he may have felt unimportant a lot of the time, he played a vital role in so many people’s lives without ever truly knowing it.
Not just how it’s wrote, but the story itself, ideas and themes Mitch Albom brings up are thought-provoking yet mesmerisingly beautiful. This book has had a truly profound effect on myself, and after reading it, I can imagine many others also. I would recommend it to anyone, and can’t wait to delve into his other works.
Whenever I read a book I always have a pencil on hand to underline any quotes and sentences I particularly like, or to jot some things down in the margin. I also fold the bottom corner of that page too.
Favourite quote: “There are five people you meet in heaven,” the Blue Man suddenly said. “Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on Earth.” 
This originally was going to be a collection of reviews from books I’d recently read, but I do have a tendency to over write so I had to rethink things.

Any recommendations? 

Stay tuned for more reviews,
Cheerio for now! 
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