The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
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.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven Details

TitleThe Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherHarper
Rating
GenreFiction, Inspirational, Adult, Contemporary

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven Review

  • Charlotte May
    January 1, 1970
    "At certain moments, when death is close, the veils pull back between this world and the next. Heaven and Earth overlay. When they do, it is possible to glimpse certain souls already departed. You can see the awaiting your arrival. And they can see you coming." 💖 Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors. He manages to make the mundane parts of life magical and heart warming.I absolutely love The Five People You Meet in Heaven and this is set up as a sequel to that one. We follow Annie, the yo "At certain moments, when death is close, the veils pull back between this world and the next. Heaven and Earth overlay. When they do, it is possible to glimpse certain souls already departed. You can see the awaiting your arrival. And they can see you coming." 💖 Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors. He manages to make the mundane parts of life magical and heart warming.I absolutely love The Five People You Meet in Heaven and this is set up as a sequel to that one. We follow Annie, the young girl who's life was saved by Eddie that day on the pier.Since that day in her childhood, Annie's life has been rough. Her mum was constantly off with boyfriends, and set Annie really strict rules on not leaving the house, and socializing in an effort to protect her. "No act done for someone else is ever wasted." I won't give away much because of spoilers, but as it states in the blurb, on Annie's wedding night, her life is changed forever, and she dies.As expected she meets her five people in heaven. Five people she may or may not know who have altered her life in some way.I enjoyed venturing back into Mitch Albom's work, and although it wasn't as wonderful (at least to me) as The Five People You Meet in Heaven I found it touching, and would recommend to others who have enjoyed book 1. All endings are also beginnings, we just don't know it at the time."
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    4 bold stars to The Next Person You Meet in Heaven!Everyone wanted a sequel to one of the most beloved books, and Mitch Albom has delivered! Briefly, to set the stage, in The Five People You Meet in Heaven, we met Eddie, a rough and gruff war veteran turned mechanic who passed away in the act of saving a little girl named Annie. Eddie’s trip to heaven involved questions and answers about the meaning of life. In this follow-up, Annie’s story is told. After the accident that took Eddie’s life, Ann 4 bold stars to The Next Person You Meet in Heaven!Everyone wanted a sequel to one of the most beloved books, and Mitch Albom has delivered! Briefly, to set the stage, in The Five People You Meet in Heaven, we met Eddie, a rough and gruff war veteran turned mechanic who passed away in the act of saving a little girl named Annie. Eddie’s trip to heaven involved questions and answers about the meaning of life. In this follow-up, Annie’s story is told. After the accident that took Eddie’s life, Annie has visible scars but no memory of what happened. Not only does she have memory loss, she is haunted by what the truth may reveal. It consumes her. Annie later becomes an adult and is about to be married when another accident occurs leaving her on a journey to heaven where she reunites with Eddie. He shares what he has learned about life with Annie. An emotionally-charged and beautifully-written read and filled with clever twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a huggable book with important lessons for us all. I took away a reminder of that old saying: when one door closes, a window opens in its place. Filled with hope and all heart, Mitch Albom once again addresses the meaning of life and proves his point with flourish. Thank you to Harper Books for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 uplifting starsMy reviews can be seen here: https://wordpress.com/post/yayareadsl...I was once told in a college Philosophy course that we, as humans are made of energy. The professor then went on to say that energy can never be destroyed and asked us to form our own conclusions about what he had just said. As I read The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, I could not help but recall that professor and his words.Perhaps we would all like to believe, well probably more to know, the existence of an 4 uplifting starsMy reviews can be seen here: https://wordpress.com/post/yayareadsl...I was once told in a college Philosophy course that we, as humans are made of energy. The professor then went on to say that energy can never be destroyed and asked us to form our own conclusions about what he had just said. As I read The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, I could not help but recall that professor and his words.Perhaps we would all like to believe, well probably more to know, the existence of an afterlife, one where our joys would be unending and our sorrows and mistakes left behind. This is the place that Mitch Albom created for a girl named Annie and he takes us through her life with its sadness and misunderstandings, its hurts and recriminations. In Annie, we might possibly see our own life. We have all made mistakes, sins we would rather not remember, but they are there and at times we beat ourselves up as they flash through our minds and we think how awful we were.As Annie learns, we can be forgiven. There are reasons why we are here that perhaps we never really thought about. There are people we have come across perhaps for only a minute of time that we have affected in a most positive manner and just like Annie we need to forgive ourselves. While we might have done bad things, we also might have done really wonderful things as well.I do appreciate this most uplifting book. Sometimes a book can just be what you need and in this case with all the hatred and cruelty that seem to surround us today, this book offered me, along with a few tears, a port in a storm. There is never anything wrong with a book that gives you hope. Thank you Mr Albom for making me realize that.
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Felt much too strategically concocted!!!!A quick follow up - whipped-up sequel to “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”.And for heaven’s sake...this sequel’s core premises is that ‘everything’ happens for a reason: ...we are all accepted -loved - forgiven- there is always hope and love. Flat hallmark writing. I was too cynical for it. This little book kept me slightly entertained with my naughty scrooge critical mind while sitting on the airplane. Not to worry - I criticized myself, too, for bein Felt much too strategically concocted!!!!A quick follow up - whipped-up sequel to “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”.And for heaven’s sake...this sequel’s core premises is that ‘everything’ happens for a reason: ...we are all accepted -loved - forgiven- there is always hope and love. Flat hallmark writing. I was too cynical for it. This little book kept me slightly entertained with my naughty scrooge critical mind while sitting on the airplane. Not to worry - I criticized myself, too, for being aloof - cold - and harsh! I wish I was all flowery positive - but I’m not. I felt nothing....other than manipulated by calculated storytelling of ‘hope, heart & inspiration’! 1.5 stars
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    In The Five People You Meet In Heaven, we meet Eddie, a grizzly old war veteran - turned amusement park maintenance man who died saving the life of a young girl called Annie. Now it's time for Annie's story in this sequel.After Annie's accident, she had no memory of what had happened to her. She has been haunted by what the truth might reveal. Annie is now an adult and another accident finds her on her own journey to heaven where she will be reunited with Eddie. Annie's life has not been easy, b In The Five People You Meet In Heaven, we meet Eddie, a grizzly old war veteran - turned amusement park maintenance man who died saving the life of a young girl called Annie. Now it's time for Annie's story in this sequel.After Annie's accident, she had no memory of what had happened to her. She has been haunted by what the truth might reveal. Annie is now an adult and another accident finds her on her own journey to heaven where she will be reunited with Eddie. Annie's life has not been easy, but with the five people she meets in heaven, we find the reasons behind this.I really enjoyed reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven so I was happy to see that Mitch Albom had written a sequel to it, but at the same time I was a little apprehensive. What if this book was not as good? What was I worried about, this book is just as good. I did rate the first book 5 stars but this book is a shorter story so that's the reason why I've just given it 4 stars. Mitch Albom knows how to write beautiful stories with marvellous characters. There is an underlying message in this story. This book can be read as a standalone but I do recommend you read The Five People You Meet In Heaven first.I would like to thank NetGalley, Little Brown Book Group, UK and the author Mitch Albom for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rebecca McNutt
    January 1, 1970
    I had a great English teacher back in high school who recommended I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and I loved it. I also bought the 2000's film adaptation, which was also very good, using super 8 film segments, music particular to the era and great actors to bring everything to life. So, I was glad to discover that there was a sequel released, which tells the story of Annie, the little girl whom Eddie sacrificed his own life for in the first novel.The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is I had a great English teacher back in high school who recommended I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and I loved it. I also bought the 2000's film adaptation, which was also very good, using super 8 film segments, music particular to the era and great actors to bring everything to life. So, I was glad to discover that there was a sequel released, which tells the story of Annie, the little girl whom Eddie sacrificed his own life for in the first novel.The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a pretty decent sequel that connects both stories, Eddie's and Annie's, together very well. Albom shows how the accident Annie was in has altered her life, her childhood experiences with a mean girl, her eventual nursing career and finally her own death. I did like the story, but unlike the first book, this sequel was so sentimental that it felt almost sappy. With piles of quotes which could rival a Hallmark greeting card or a copy of All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is almost so cheesy it's hard to take seriously. I still liked the book and I loved how consistent Albom is with the characters, though. If you enjoyed the first book, you'll definitely want to read this sequel.
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  • Vernie♡
    January 1, 1970
    How did I not know a sequel was coming out to my favorite book of all time?
  • RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
    January 1, 1970
    Aloha,5 stars. Every grief journey is different. However, the endless questions grief bring is the same even if it a different shape.I am seeking answers from everywhere. This book helps to answer several questions. I still have more but I better understand why and the next road to take with this book. One example I better understand now why some questions cannot be answered asap. I still will be searching. I cannot accept what happen not can I talk about it. When a person is ready, this book co Aloha,5 stars. Every grief journey is different. However, the endless questions grief bring is the same even if it a different shape.I am seeking answers from everywhere. This book helps to answer several questions. I still have more but I better understand why and the next road to take with this book. One example I better understand now why some questions cannot be answered asap. I still will be searching. I cannot accept what happen not can I talk about it. When a person is ready, this book could help. For grief should never be forced. All these reasons are why I give this book 5 stars. I recommend this book to everyone for it reminds a person to hold their loved ones closer and a reminder of how short life can be. I will be rereading this book.I borrowed from the library. I will buy this book.Mahalo,RMalwaysdaddygirl/alwaysdaddyprincessI miss you, daddy! I hope you can read this somehow. I have to stop for tears are coming again. 💔😥😞🇺🇸🦋
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  • Ron Charles
    January 1, 1970
    “The Next Person” follows the formula of its predecessor, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven": melodramatic flashbacks, greeting-card homilies. But heaven has been spruced up since we were here last. Annie, the little girl from "Five People" is now a nurse who dies just a few hours after her wedding. She zooms around heaven's kaleidoscopic clouds by car, by train, by mattress on some kind of spiritual acid trip, while parts of her body fade in and out. Albom notes that “nobody can talk when the “The Next Person” follows the formula of its predecessor, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven": melodramatic flashbacks, greeting-card homilies. But heaven has been spruced up since we were here last. Annie, the little girl from "Five People" is now a nurse who dies just a few hours after her wedding. She zooms around heaven's kaleidoscopic clouds by car, by train, by mattress on some kind of spiritual acid trip, while parts of her body fade in and out. Albom notes that “nobody can talk when they first arrive,” which probably helps cut down on the screaming as new souls realize they’ll spend eternity in this massive glob of cotton candy.“The Next Person” is so packed with sweet aphorisms that it’s like scrolling through the Instagram account of a New Age masseuse. One minute, we’re told, “Forcing love is like picking a flower then insisting that it grow.” The next, “Just because you see things straight doesn’t mean you see them in time.” And unfortunately. . . . To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post:https://www.washingtonpost.com/entert...To watch the Totally Hip Video Book Review of this novel, click here:https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/...
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I had not read the first book so I got a copy and read it first.The story starts with the death of a young woman Annie who had been saved from a near fatal accident as a young girl. She then meets five people who tell her a story to explain to her the meaning of her life.I would like to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Paria
    January 1, 1970
    توی یه روز بارونی، توی اخرین روز ترم ۷ شروع به خوندنش کردم و توی کمتر از دو ساعت تموم شد. میچ آلبوم رو خیلی خیلی دوست دارم چون به طرز شگفت آوری میتونه قلبم رو لمس کنه و همه ی احساسات انسانیم رو برانگیخته کنه و باعث بشه اشک بریزم حتی. اونم منی که اصلا ادم احساسی ای نیستم. این نویسنده توانایی عجیبی توی درگیر کردن احساسات ادم ها داره.وقتی پنج نفری که در بهشت ملاقات میکنید رو خوندم فکر نمیکردم هرگز مجددا بتونم کتابی با اون سبک بخونم ولی این کتاب ادامه ی اون کتاب و کتاب دیگه ای به همون سبکه. فردی که توی یه روز بارونی، توی اخرین روز ترم ۷ شروع به خوندنش کردم و توی کمتر از دو ساعت تموم شد. میچ آلبوم رو خیلی خیلی دوست دارم چون به طرز شگفت آوری میتونه قلبم رو لمس کنه و همه ی احساسات انسانیم رو برانگیخته کنه و باعث بشه اشک بریزم حتی. اونم منی که اصلا ادم احساسی ای نیستم. این نویسنده توانایی عجیبی توی درگیر کردن احساسات ادم ها داره.وقتی پنج نفری که در بهشت ملاقات میکنید رو‌ خوندم فکر نمیکردم هرگز مجددا بتونم کتابی با اون سبک بخونم ولی این کتاب ادامه ی اون کتاب و کتاب دیگه ای به همون سبکه. فردی که بعد از مرگش پنج نفر رو در بهشت ملاقات میکنه که اون چیزهایی رو که در زندگیش بر روی زمین نفهمیده رو واسش توضیح میدن و فلسفه ی حوادث زندگیش رو درک میکنه.. بهشت اگه اینطور باشه، جای جالبی میتونه باشه..۱۳ دی ۹۷ (قبل از امتحان اندو)
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  • Kimberly Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I ended up enjoying this very much on audiobook! - I started out thinking I may not enjoy his fiction as well as his nonfiction, but now feel that Mitch Albom succeeds in his fiction writing by bringing enjoyment to people of many faith backgrounds and uniting them in that sense of enjoyment.I love encountering glimpses of heaven in literature. I especially love those I have found in the writings of CS Lewis.from The Last Battle book 7 Narnia:The Pevensie kids get into Heaven, where you can run I ended up enjoying this very much on audiobook! - I started out thinking I may not enjoy his fiction as well as his nonfiction, but now feel that Mitch Albom succeeds in his fiction writing by bringing enjoyment to people of many faith backgrounds and uniting them in that sense of enjoyment.I love encountering glimpses of heaven in literature. I especially love those I have found in the writings of CS Lewis.from The Last Battle book 7 Narnia:The Pevensie kids get into Heaven, where you can run as fast as you like without getting tired and "there were forests and green slopes and sweet orchards and flashing waterfalls, one above the other, going on for ever.”This Mitch Albom book certainly whetted my appetite for more, and that in itself is a spectacular reason for reading it. Thank you, Christina, for recommending this one!
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  • Ruthy lavin
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been an enormous fan of the work of Mitch Albom for a few years and I’ve read all of his books - each one has taught me different valuable life lessons, everything from finding that little bit of extra empathy for people, to really listening and finding understanding for what matters to us all individually. He is just a wonderful, wonderful writer and so blessed as a story teller.I have been eagerly awaiting The next person you meet in heaven ever since I heard it was being released this Oc I’ve been an enormous fan of the work of Mitch Albom for a few years and I’ve read all of his books - each one has taught me different valuable life lessons, everything from finding that little bit of extra empathy for people, to really listening and finding understanding for what matters to us all individually. He is just a wonderful, wonderful writer and so blessed as a story teller.I have been eagerly awaiting The next person you meet in heaven ever since I heard it was being released this October - and it didn’t disappoint.It stirred emotions in me that I haven’t felt since I read my last MA book - this guy is so gifted, and I don’t know how he does it, but I believe everything he writes, such is his power with words.I’m agnostic but Mitch’s work makes me question what I believe about life, death and spirituality.His work is highly emotive and he is just so real.I loved this book as I knew I would, and I can’t wait to read whatever he blesses us with next. An easy peasy 5 stars 🌟
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  • Samantha Sim
    January 1, 1970
    you can always count on mitch albom for a good ol' cry.
  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful!!!
  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    While reading this book my mother in law unexpectedly passed away. 95 years young. So healthy, still living on her own, still driving, so full of life!!! This book literally made me pause and think about our life and what we just lost! I loved Mitch Albom’s first book to this one so I was excited when this one came out. 4 stars from me!
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  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe it's been 15 years since Mitch Albom published The Five People You Meet in Heaven ! That book has always stuck with me so I wouldn't have guessed it's been that long. In The Next Person You Meet in Heaven , Albom tells Annie's story, the little girl Eddie (who was killed) saved one day at an amusement park. If you haven't read the first book I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary as Albom does a really good job of providing some backstory in this one but I do think my reading e I can't believe it's been 15 years since Mitch Albom published The Five People You Meet in Heaven ! That book has always stuck with me so I wouldn't have guessed it's been that long. In The Next Person You Meet in Heaven , Albom tells Annie's story, the little girl Eddie (who was killed) saved one day at an amusement park. If you haven't read the first book I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary as Albom does a really good job of providing some backstory in this one but I do think my reading enjoyment was greater having read the first one. I actually realized I remembered more about the first book than I thought.Obviously, if we're getting Annie's story you know something has happened to her for her to end up in heaven. I loved that Album starts the story with Annie's story while she's still alive, it allowed me to get to know her as she was but also created suspense because I knew what was going to eventually happen but Annie didn't...and I really liked her! Albom structures the story alternating brief glimpses of Annie's childhood with her journey in heaven and I LOVED this! I was equally invested in both parts of the story because of how Albom created interconnections. That may seem like a vague reason but you'll understand when you read the story.A couple other things really stood out to me: Albom's creative vision of heaven and the fact that he can sneak a twist into a story when I least expected it. Well done. This book is the perfect length for a one sit read but, honestly, I would've loved for it to be longer and I don't often say that about a book. I'm still thinking about parts of this story days later, especially Albom's take on fate in our livesHad he taken the truck, this story would be different. Had the limousine driver remembered to bring a bag that was sitting by his apartment door, this story would be different. The tale of your life is written second by second, as shifting as the flip of a pencil to an eraserIf you're in the mood for a heartwarming, bittersweet story that just might give you much to contemplate, give this a try. My last advice: have tissues handy!you can find all my reviews at www.itsbooktalk.com
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  • Sarah Theis
    January 1, 1970
    *Loss is as old as life itself. But for all our evolution, we are yet to accept it.*Literally. Crying. No joke. Crying. 😭This book is so stirring, eye opening and emotional! Beautifully written, and totally worth reading. I loved the 1st one and loved this one even more. It had a twist I didn't see coming since I was so engrossed with what was happening to Annie in heaven to notice any clues to the ending. You don't even have to be religious to be moved by this story. Recommend this book 100%!
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  • Renee Amberg
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't think it would be possible for Albom to match The 5 People You Meet In Heaven, but to be honest, I think he did better! Wow, this series is amazing! There are so many valuable life lessons that are brought out in these books. This is a story or love, understanding, and connection. All of which, Albom does a great job of explaining through each character. It's not often that a book makes me physically feel the emotions that the characters are going through, but I got chills and teary eye I didn't think it would be possible for Albom to match The 5 People You Meet In Heaven, but to be honest, I think he did better! Wow, this series is amazing! There are so many valuable life lessons that are brought out in these books. This is a story or love, understanding, and connection. All of which, Albom does a great job of explaining through each character. It's not often that a book makes me physically feel the emotions that the characters are going through, but I got chills and teary eyed multiple times throughout the book. I read this book, technically, in 3 days. I picked it up 3 times and could have finished it in one day, had it not been for my busy lifestyle. It is one of those books that you can't put down. A bit sad that it's over and hopefully one day, Albom will make another one. Some quotes from the book that really spoke to me:"Yet we humans make so much of 'our' time on earth. We measure it, we compare it, we put it on our tombstones. We forget that 'our' time is linked to others' time. We come from one. We return to one. That's how a connected Universe makes sense.""Did you know that a dog will go to a crying human before a smiling one? Dogs get sad when people around them get sad. They're created that way. It's called empathy. Humans have it, too. But it gets blocked by other things - ego, self-pity, thinking your own pain must be tended to first. Dog's don't have those issues.""Have you ever considered how many living things there are on Earth? People. Animals. Birds. Fish. Trees. Its makes you wonder how anyone could feel lonely. Yet humans do. It's a shame.""... the end of loneliness is when someone needs you ... and the world is so full of need." "This is the disarming power of children: their need makes you forget your own.""Love is not revenge ... you can't create it to fix your problems. Forcing love is like picking a flower then insisting that it grow.""We are blinded by our regrets .. we don't realize who else we punish while we're punishing ourselves." "Loss is as old as life itself. But for all our evolution, we are yet to accept it."
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and for my honest review, I've enjoyed every page of this book from beginning to end. I have read The Five People You Meet in Heaven years ago and have enjoyed it then and it was nice to see where this book started pick up to where the other book left off with Annie and Eddie reuniting after Eddie's death. This book taught so many life lessons especially to never take life for granted, cease every moment and count your blessings because you never I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and for my honest review, I've enjoyed every page of this book from beginning to end. I have read The Five People You Meet in Heaven years ago and have enjoyed it then and it was nice to see where this book started pick up to where the other book left off with Annie and Eddie reuniting after Eddie's death. This book taught so many life lessons especially to never take life for granted, cease every moment and count your blessings because you never know when they all might slip away. A captivating read that our readers are sure to love and deserves infinity stars but we can only give 5 stars! Another great work from Mitch Albom.
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  • Charlotte Jones
    January 1, 1970
    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom in 2013 when my reading tastes were very different so I was a little apprehensive going into this sequel. I would suggest that this is more of a companion novel to be honest as it is of course useful to have read the previous one, it isn't necessary.I enjoyed Annie as a protagonist and found that Mitch Albom tied the two novels together beautifully. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom in 2013 when my reading tastes were very different so I was a little apprehensive going into this sequel. I would suggest that this is more of a companion novel to be honest as it is of course useful to have read the previous one, it isn't necessary.I enjoyed Annie as a protagonist and found that Mitch Albom tied the two novels together beautifully. The themes of motherhood and belonging were heartbreaking, particularly to me as a mother. There were certain scenes that nearly had me tearing up but on the whole I found there was something missing for me. I feel that although Mitch Albom's books are short quick reads, there is a depth that I would like that just isn't there. That is probably just the way I have evolved as a reader more than the book but this novel did feel quite shallow and preachy at points.Overall, I would recommend this if you're new to Mitch Albom's work because it does draw you in from beginning to end but for me personally, there was something lacking.
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  • Christina Claypool
    January 1, 1970
    Mitch Albom, you've done it again! First of all, I am a huge fan, and as a fellow journalist by profession, I adore Albom's writing style. He does extensive research and it always brings his characters to life. Plus, there is such intrigue in a real world and relational sense in this novel, it makes the read even more compelling. As an author myself, I don't include spoilers in my reviews, because I don't think that is fair to an author or his/her potential readers. Yet I can safely say the plot Mitch Albom, you've done it again! First of all, I am a huge fan, and as a fellow journalist by profession, I adore Albom's writing style. He does extensive research and it always brings his characters to life. Plus, there is such intrigue in a real world and relational sense in this novel, it makes the read even more compelling. As an author myself, I don't include spoilers in my reviews, because I don't think that is fair to an author or his/her potential readers. Yet I can safely say the plot line is incredibly well developed and not at all predictable. Albom teaches us some profound life lessons without being preachy and gives us hope and inspiration without sappy sweetness. It's such a great sequel. Love it, love it, love it!
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  • Mayda
    January 1, 1970
    We first met Annie in a previous tale about heaven. Now, we learn about Annie’s life, what happened to her after her accident at the amusement park, how she spent her childhood, how she grew up and fell in love, and how she came to be in heaven. We also get a glimpse of others there, including Eddie, the maintenance man who saved her, and we share in the lessons that Annie discovers. This is a version of heaven that the author imagined; it is a novel and not meant to sway anyone’s way of thinkin We first met Annie in a previous tale about heaven. Now, we learn about Annie’s life, what happened to her after her accident at the amusement park, how she spent her childhood, how she grew up and fell in love, and how she came to be in heaven. We also get a glimpse of others there, including Eddie, the maintenance man who saved her, and we share in the lessons that Annie discovers. This is a version of heaven that the author imagined; it is a novel and not meant to sway anyone’s way of thinking. But it does show how one person can affect another, in unseen ways, and how it all comes together in the end. Annie meets her five people in heaven, and through their connections to her life, she finds the answers that have eluded her while on earth. This thought-provoking sequel packs much power in its pages, and is every bit as good as the first novel.
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  • Ms. Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    A possible theme for this book is that you have no idea how someone's action, no matter how small or large, can affect your life. In this book, Annie meets five people when she gets to heaven. The first one she meets she does not remember, but he had a huge impact on her life and the person she would become.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    While I did read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" before reading this sequel, it's not necessary to read "Five People" in order to understand "the Next …" It definitely would make your reading experience richer to have read both books, but if you don't have access to the first, you can go ahead and read the sequel and then go back for the first one later.I enjoyed the experience of discovering what this book is about - what happens and why - way too much to in any way compromise another read While I did read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" before reading this sequel, it's not necessary to read "Five People" in order to understand "the Next …" It definitely would make your reading experience richer to have read both books, but if you don't have access to the first, you can go ahead and read the sequel and then go back for the first one later.I enjoyed the experience of discovering what this book is about - what happens and why - way too much to in any way compromise another reader's enjoyment or meaningful discoveries. It's kind of personal, what each person might take away from the book. Instead of outlining what happens, then, let me just give a few words about my reaction or how reading the book impacted me. The book is written thoughtfully - it encourages the reader to think about his or her life, other lives he or she has connected with in some way, and to look at a variety of things (events or meetings that happen by accident or chance, for just one example) in different, fresh ways. I liked how the book was written in a thoughtful, compassionate, warm way that encouraged many things: Questions (and possibly some answers; or maybe ideas of reasons why answers could be delayed or unknown), openness (not just an open heart, but an open mind), and many other refreshing exercises for the reader's mind and heart. The book, including the ending, is satisfying and inspires courage even when you'd rather run away or hide your eyes; hope even when you feel like you've searched for an awfully long time and thought and reasoned and STILL can't figure things out; and being okay with missing pieces of yourself along your journey. You never know just where or when you'll find one of those missing pieces.I enjoyed "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven" immensely and I can't imagine forgetting it.
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  • Stefanie Sugia
    January 1, 1970
    "...when you first get to heaven, you meet five people from your time on earth. They were all in your life for a reason... They teach you something you didn't realize while you were alive. It helps you understand the things you went through."It has been 8 years since I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven , and it's been 15 long years since that book was published. Wow, where did the time go? Even though it's been so many years since I read that book, I still hold it very dearly to my heart "...when you first get to heaven, you meet five people from your time on earth. They were all in your life for a reason... They teach you something you didn't realize while you were alive. It helps you understand the things you went through."It has been 8 years since I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven , and it's been 15 long years since that book was published. Wow, where did the time go? Even though it's been so many years since I read that book, I still hold it very dearly to my heart until this day. It's one of the books that I will always recommend other people to read because it has certainly changed my life and my way of thinking. So when I heard that there's a sequel coming out, I completely freaked out and have to read it soon after it's published (on October 9th). I quickly finished the book that I was reading previously and started reading The Next Person You Meet in Heaven right away 😍. (note: You don't have to worry if you haven't read or completely forgot the details of the first book. This can be read as a standalone, and some of the story from the first book will be recounted in this one.)This book has multiple timelines going on: the first one is the present world, the second one is Annie's past, and the third one is the heavenly realm. All of these timelines intertwined beautifully and creates a wonderful story that makes my heart aches so bad 😭. The story begins with the present day, when the main character—Annie, got married to her childhood love, Paulo. It was an incredibly joyful day for the two of them and it seems like nothing can go wrong. Unfortunately, the next morning everything went downhill as the two of them tragically involved in an accident that sends them both to the hospital. I won't spoil any of the details, but eventually that accident brings Annie to her heaven—where she's going to meet the five people whose lives intertwined with Annie. "No story sits by itself. Our lives connect like threads on a loom, interwoven in ways we never realize." I don't want to spoil too much since the story is not that long either, so I will just express how I feel about it in general. First of all, there are so many heartbreaking moments and short sentences written by Mitch Albom can easily tugged at my heartstrings 😭😭. I think it's one of the reasons why I always love Mitch Albom's writing; he uses simple words and put it together at the perfect timing to create the greatest impact 💔. I don't know how many times I teared up while I was reading this book. I am so emotionally invested in Annie's life and all the people around her. I would say that the ending is bittersweet and came as a bit of a surprise for me because I really did not expect the story to turn out that way. To be honest, I felt peaceful and calm at the end of the book because it was wrapped really nicely by the author. I love all the little details that the author throws in at the end that makes this book even more heartfelt. I'm probably not making much sense in this review 😂, all the more reason why you should read this book yourself 😉."But there are so many times our lives are altered invisibly. The flip of a pencil, from written to erased."Just like the first book, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven also has a series of lessons that Annie need to learn. But like I said earlier, I don't want to spoil too much by discussing them in this review. However, it's safe to say that I felt like I was going through that heavenly journey with Annie. I feel like I'm learning alongside Annie about life and even about myself. In many ways this book is very similar to its predecessor, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I would say that compared to this book, I still love the first one better. That book has a really special place in my heart because it has completely changed my perspective about life and made me think about how people's lives can intertwine in such an intricate and unimaginable way. But this book still gives me the satisfaction after missing Mitch Albom's writing for so long. Now I just have to patiently wait until his next book comes out 😌."She would tell her that all endings are also beginnings, we just don't know it at the time. And for the rest of her days, the child would be comforted knowing whatever her fears or losses, heaven held the answers to all her earthy questions, beginning with five people who were waiting for her, as they wait for us all, under the eyes of God and in the true meaning of that most precious word.Home."Read the full review here:http://www.thebookielooker.com/2018/1...
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  • Licha
    January 1, 1970
    I stayed up late into the wee hours of the night to finish this cause I knew the flood gates would be released and I wanted to be in the privacy of my room when this happened. I'm not ashamed to admit that I did sob like a baby.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I was a latecomer to the Mitch Albom party, discovering the prequel to this book (The Five People You Meet In Heaven) through a very good book friend only a month ago. I have to say I loved The Five People You Meet In Heaven, but I ADORED The Next Person You Meet In Heaven, and devoured it in one day. Mitch’s writing is just beautiful, descriptive and highly emotive. I smiled, I cried, I sobbed. Anyone who has suffered loss of any kind will find some connection, some solace even in these two boo I was a latecomer to the Mitch Albom party, discovering the prequel to this book (The Five People You Meet In Heaven) through a very good book friend only a month ago. I have to say I loved The Five People You Meet In Heaven, but I ADORED The Next Person You Meet In Heaven, and devoured it in one day. Mitch’s writing is just beautiful, descriptive and highly emotive. I smiled, I cried, I sobbed. Anyone who has suffered loss of any kind will find some connection, some solace even in these two books. Stunning. My favourite reads for a very long time and my top read for 2018.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC copy.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Mitch Albom and I always will. This is the first book of his, so far, that I’ve ever rated less than 4-5 stars... and I’ve read all his novels. This book was good, of course, but it just didn’t have the same magical vibe that his past works have. It seemed kind of mashed together with previous lessons learned, to just have something to put out there.
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  • Brooke Nuzie
    January 1, 1970
    This book more than lives up to the first. Now please excuse me while I go cry myself to sleep and contemplate my existence.
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