Book Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Edition: Paperback (196 pages)
Publisher : Hyperion (2003)
Genre : Fiction, Inspirational
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

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?” (source)

My Thoughts

An extraordinary book. Just like Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, some scenes made me cry and reflect about life. Full of flashbacks but not to the point that the reader will get lost in the story. I’m also somehow happy and proud that the last person was from the Philippines and Albom included some Filipino cultures. I didn’t know that there’s also a movie of this, so I think I’ll be watching it maybe today or the next days. After reading the book, I caught myself wondering who will be the five people I’ll meet in heaven.

My Rating
5stars

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

“I didn’t have much to say to anybody but kept to myself and my books. With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw it’s fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.”

Synopsis : Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love. (via Goodreads)

My Thoughts : I love all the characters, specially Midori. I love how open she is. The story is depressing but it will show us that there are beautiful things awaiting for us in the end. I was able to listen to the songs (all of them) that Murakami included in the story specially the ones from The Beatles. I never saw the movie but I’m sure I will. This book is recommendable to all young and young-at-heart readers.

My Rating : ★★★★★

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Book Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Let It SnowEditon : Mass Market Paperback (566 pages)
Publisher : Crown (2012)
Genre : Fiction, Mystery
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses. (via Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I bought this book after Christmas (February) but it’s still accurate because February is a “love” month and it’s still snowing (until now).

This book consists of three short stories about romance, friendship and relationship that are all connected to each other. My favorite is Maureen’s “The Jubilee Express” and Jubilee is my favorite character in this book. I like her attitude and the thing about her and the “cheerleaders”.

John Green’s “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” (My fourth book from Green) is written like his other books (which has a roadtrip “scene”). I just had a hard time remembering who’s who (well I’m not really good with names) so I often go back to the previous pages and search for the name.

Lastly, “The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle is my least favorite but it makes me want to have my own tea-cup pig pet.

All in all, it’s a cool book. You can still enjoy reading this even if it’s not Christmas season or even if it’s not snowing.

My Rating

3stars

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