The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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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?
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2003
ISBN: 9780786868711
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: 5 people you meet in heaven
Call Number: ALBOM, M


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Oct 24, 2020

Exceptional, deep read. An elderly maintenance man dies when he saves a child's life endangered by a ride's failure. Arriving in heaven, he encounters five people who answer the questions about his life, how he became the man he was, and why did he exist.

Aug 11, 2020

It was a pleasant reminder that everything happens for a reason. We’re all connected in ways that we know or may not know. Life goes on and has meaning because it’s not just your life to live. We are all living for each other and always will we be where we are meant to be in every moment. Even if life feels insignificant like dear Eddie had thought.. he actually touched many lives.

Jul 17, 2020

Like many of Mitch Albom's works, The Five People You Meet in Heaven concerns death and what lies after the end. And this one, like the others, is equally brilliant. Eddie is the head of maintenance at Ruby Pier, a boardwalk. When an accident happens on one of the rides, he sacrifices himself to save a little girl from being crushed by a falling cart. Dead, he goes to heaven. But heaven is not at all what he expects. It is a place where your life is explained by five people who have changed your life forever.

This book is amazing because it provokes thought and soul-searching but escapes the existentialism and belittlement that is so prevalent in books of these kinds. It manages to invoke a sense of hope that not everything is for nothing, and when you die, it is not the end.

Jun 23, 2020

Mitch Albom’s "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is about Eddie, a war veteran and amusement park maintenance worker, who is mysteriously killed and sent to heaven. There he meets five random people who impacted his life in some way, shape, or form. To be cleansed of scars and hurt, he learns small lessons, the reason for his existence, and how he died from them. I recommend this book to readers looking for a short yet meaningful story. Your mind will open up to the possibility of deeper meanings in life. It is truly inspiring to see how everything in life is connected; how your impact on others' lives, whether stranger or loved one, impacts your own.
Star Rating: 4 and ½
Age Rating: 12+

Dec 20, 2019

In high school English, some people read classics like Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Diary of Anne Frank; others great YA fiction like Warrior cats, His Dark Materials, and the Hunger Games. My class? We had to stick with this cliched, shallow, emotionally manipulative tripe.

Dec 10, 2019

The audiobook is absolutely authentic. The five people you meet in heaven rolling along with very expressive music, the book explains the character's feelings. How the teenagers gave Eddie headaches and how his heart pounded as he rushed to save the little girl under the amusement park's ride as it slammed down. Edward lived his life at Ruby Pier as the head maintenance like his father before him. He thought his father died a heroic death ad Eddie lived believing he died by getting drunk when he did die a hero's death. It is comforting to know that when you die five people who might be family, friends or even complete strangers will be there to show you the truth, to teach you peace, to illuminate your life. To show your life means something. Eddie was keeping children who go to the amusement park safe, yet he didn't realize it. Until he met his fifth person who lend him, guided him to heaven.
We are so closely connected.
That we don't realize it.
But it is true.
Either we know it or not.
This book has illuminated my life.

Dec 06, 2019

This is a good read. This is about an amusement park maintenance man named Eddie, who died & met 5 people who have somehow touched his life and he learned the value of his own life.

Aug 24, 2019

Very good read. Thought evoking for me. I thought it a bit depressing or sad, and life can be that way. I love the idea of things connected in ways we don’t even know about. Good ending, tying it all together.

May 01, 2019

An amazing and outstanding book, it will take you through all kinds of emotions. The unexpected should be expected.

Apr 13, 2019

The Five People You Meet in heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom about a man named Eddie who has lived a very meaningless/uninspired life. He works at an amusement park doing maintenance for park rides. On his 83rd birthday, he is killed in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl from the broken ride. He wakes up in the afterlife, learning that his life will be explained to him by five people, from random people that he may or may not know. Every person reminisces on Eddie's past life and connections with him, showing him the meaning to his life. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a great novel that allows you to see your life in a new "Eternal" perspective, and makes you wonder, "Why are you here?". This book is a fantastic read for people of all ages. I rate this book 4/5 stars. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Chelseaheredia92 May 31, 2012

It is Eddie's birthday and he is on a countdown to death. He reaches heaven and meets five people. The blue man, his captain, Ruby, his wife Marguerite, and an asian girl all teach him a lesson that relates to his life and death. He realizes life comes with a reason and you must make a change.

Mar 20, 2011

A quick read, a little corny / preachy, but cute.


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Jul 11, 2013

“Heaven can be found in the most unlikely corners.”


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