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Title: The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Published October 9th 2018 by Harper
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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 Eddi 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.

30 review for The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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

  2. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vernie♡

    How did I not know a sequel was coming out to my favorite book of all time?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ron Charles

    “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/...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    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 🌟

  7. 4 out of 5

    Renee (itsbooktalk.com)

    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 lives Had 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 eraser If 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

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Sim

    you can always count on mitch albom for a good ol' cry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Jones

    *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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brenna Clark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I was super excited because I didn’t even know that there was a sequel to ‘Five People’ coming out! I think these books have one of the most beautiful presentations of heaven that I have ever read. I really feel for Annie, because she has been through a lot of shit. She’s a survivor, and I guess will get to experience her five people twice as she gets to continue touching and changing lives? I was hit hardest by her meeting her dog again, in human for I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I was super excited because I didn’t even know that there was a sequel to ‘Five People’ coming out! I think these books have one of the most beautiful presentations of heaven that I have ever read. I really feel for Annie, because she has been through a lot of shit. She’s a survivor, and I guess will get to experience her five people twice as she gets to continue touching and changing lives? I was hit hardest by her meeting her dog again, in human form. It was wonderful and as sequels go, this was pretty fantastic. I enjoy Albom’s work so much and I feel very lucky to have gotten an ARC of this novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Thank you HarperCollins publishers for the advanced readers copy of this book . It was the perfect sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven . I understand Annie's feelings of the constant mistakes in her life and not seeing them as a path to where she'll find peace and happiness . Mitch Albom waiting for the next book always

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    https://oneblogtwobroads.blog/2018/10... Endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time….. I don’t know one person who did not love The Five People You Meet in Heaven. And I don’t know anyone that won’t love this book either. It is so needed in the times we live in. It is filled with love, wonder, hope, and faith. I know some people will find it too saccharine because there are always those that scoff at anything with goodness, but I, for one, found it uplifting and elevating to th https://oneblogtwobroads.blog/2018/10... Endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time….. I don’t know one person who did not love The Five People You Meet in Heaven. And I don’t know anyone that won’t love this book either. It is so needed in the times we live in. It is filled with love, wonder, hope, and faith. I know some people will find it too saccharine because there are always those that scoff at anything with goodness, but I, for one, found it uplifting and elevating to the soul. This time it is Annie, the little girl from Ruby Pier, that enters heaven. Her journey brings people that have been part of her life, even if in a small way that lead to something more. You know you all want to see Eddie and you won’t be disappointed. The ending was a surprise and such a tender reminder of how much we miss out on life if we aren’t letting it happen genuinely. Mitch Albom is the king of touching your heart and making you think. He reminds us to embrace what we have and who we love. I will always be first in line for one of his books and his wise, heartfelt words. Thanks to Harper Books for a copy of this wonderful book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Randy M.

    The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the immensely popular novel about the life and death of “Eddie Maintenance”. Though the protagonist in this story is the little girl, Annie, who Eddie saved in the previous story, this is also a continuation of Eddie’s story. With that in mind, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is best read after reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The basic premise is the same; someone dies and they meet five people in The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the immensely popular novel about the life and death of “Eddie Maintenance”. Though the protagonist in this story is the little girl, Annie, who Eddie saved in the previous story, this is also a continuation of Eddie’s story. With that in mind, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is best read after reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The basic premise is the same; someone dies and they meet five people in Heaven who help them realize the value of their life and interconnectedness with others. So, does that make this story unnecessary or, for the cynically-inclined, just a money-grab? Nobody’s review can or should answer that question for you. That is a decision for each of us to make on our own. The joy in these “Heaven” fables is their inherent goodness; their affirmation that in this fallen world everything, even apparent senseless tragedies, have a purpose, even if that purpose doesn’t manifest with us or even in our lifetime. If you find faith in such things to be poppycock, I would ask why are you even reading this? Isn’t Bill Maher’s show on right now? Unless you are of the sad lot that can’t be happy unless they have something to mock, anyone interested in this story does (or wants to) believe there is a higher purpose to our existence. I know I do, and I welcome the continuation of this fable. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven begins at the end for Annie. The time has come for her to meet her “five people in Heaven”, which also happens to be Eddie’s time to meet his “next person in Heaven”, he now being one of the five for someone else. One section I was touched by illustrates those we impact, and are impacted by, are not necessarily human. I don’t want to say more, but the way it is presented is beautiful and touching. I have often thought that the first loved ones I’d like to meet in Heaven are not people, or certainly not just people. This was an affirmation of those feelings. Annie’s interactions with her five people, and the backstory of her life, are presented in a matter-of-fact style. The prose here is not flowery, yet it is still powerful and emotional. This contrasts with the prose describing the heavenly landscapes surrounding Annie as she meets her five people. These scenes reminded me of Alice down the rabbit-hole, or Willy Wonka’s tunnel; very colorful and metaphysical. By its very nature, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a story appealing to those with a belief in God, whatever their particular faith may be. If that describes you, read this book. But make sure you have read The Five People You Meet in Heaven first.

  17. 5 out of 5

    david y biblioflick

    received an e-arc from edelweiss. review might contain some mild spoilers So this book is a sequel to the the five people you meet in heaven, not really directly so you could read this a standalone. It is a part of the world of that book. And somehow it's was kinda weak when it's compared to its predecessor and I was disappointed. As far as I can remember, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my favorite Albom books (together with the timekeeper and the magic strings of frankie presto). B received an e-arc from edelweiss. review might contain some mild spoilers So this book is a sequel to the the five people you meet in heaven, not really directly so you could read this a standalone. It is a part of the world of that book. And somehow it's was kinda weak when it's compared to its predecessor and I was disappointed. As far as I can remember, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my favorite Albom books (together with the timekeeper and the magic strings of frankie presto). But this book somehow is extremely short that it is just full of moments and moments, not with a "scene" in between. The chapters are extremely short and full of "here's where you've met me" or "here's where you messed up" and then a lesson after that. There's nothing driving me to read it until the end (unlike the first one, where it has a mysterious atmosphere and some wtf moments), I just finished it because . . . it's short.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emmaleigh

    I was provided with an ARC by the publisher .. The five people you meet in heaven was the first book I had ever read by Mitch Albom and it was such a deep and meaningful story that really sticks with you. So when I saw that I had won an ARC for the sequel I was beyond excited, and I can happily say that it was just as good as the first! If you enjoyed the five people you meet in heaven then I highly suggest you read this because it gives you some more insight on old and new characters. This IS a I was provided with an ARC by the publisher .. The five people you meet in heaven was the first book I had ever read by Mitch Albom and it was such a deep and meaningful story that really sticks with you. So when I saw that I had won an ARC for the sequel I was beyond excited, and I can happily say that it was just as good as the first! If you enjoyed the five people you meet in heaven then I highly suggest you read this because it gives you some more insight on old and new characters. This IS a sequel so make sure to read the first book before you read this one! I hope you enjoy this lovely story as much as I did!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I received this ARC via Goodreads Giveaway Humanity is blessed to have an author like Mitch Albom. This book reminds its reader page after page that being able to feel is a blessing. READ FULL REVIEW HERE: https://anescapewithinthepagesblog.wo...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gelle Quiambao

    “We are blinded by our regrets, Annie. We don’t realize who else we punish while we’re punishing ourselves.” The story was a bit predictable given the fact that it has almost the same flow with five people obvs. But, the ending! I wasn’t quite expecting that. 😮 Mitch Albom is still the best tho 💗 It’s hard for me not to give this a 5 star rating. There’s a lot to learn and realized from this book!! “Dogs get sad when people around them get sad. They’re created that way. It’s called empathy. Hu “We are blinded by our regrets, Annie. We don’t realize who else we punish while we’re punishing ourselves.” The story was a bit predictable given the fact that it has almost the same flow with five people obvs. But, the ending! I wasn’t quite expecting that. 😮 Mitch Albom is still the best tho 💗 It’s hard for me not to give this a 5 star rating. There’s a lot to learn and realized from this book!! “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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mani

    I read the first book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” to this squeal in April of this year. I thought that was an OK read. Then I was given the opportunity to read this eARC thanks to Edelweiss and the HarperCollins. So, here are my thought on this book. If you’re planning to read this book and haven’t read the first one then don’t worry. I don’t think you really need to read the first on as this one covers all that you need to know as the story goes on, and holds its own as a possible stand I read the first book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” to this squeal in April of this year. I thought that was an OK read. Then I was given the opportunity to read this eARC thanks to Edelweiss and the HarperCollins. So, here are my thought on this book. If you’re planning to read this book and haven’t read the first one then don’t worry. I don’t think you really need to read the first on as this one covers all that you need to know as the story goes on, and holds its own as a possible stand alone. In this book you get to know one of the characters that was a child, and saved from death in the first book, and now in this book she is a grown woman. I actually found this book to be disappointing compared to the first, it didn’t quite keep my interested as its predecessor. I thought the writing was very simple and lacking something. The plot was very similar to the first book. To me the plot and characters seemed weak and I found them bit to be predictable. On a positive the book does end on a happy note, of course that can be a possible debut as it depends on personal views. But in my opinion it was a happy ending. This book is definitely worth reading if you’re looking for something quick and easy to read and also if you believe in Heaven. These are just my honest opinions and there is nothing to say that you won’t enjoy this book more than me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

    I don't feel this one had quite the impact of its predecessor, as the five people Annie meets are in turns predictable and oddly unfulfilling. The first book kept me guessing and tied everything up so beautifully; this one fell a bit flat in that aspect. Albom, as always, has a way with words and larger concepts and themes that make you think and question things. I'm not a particularly religious person, so maybe certain parts of his books don't hit me like they would a more faithful person, but I don't feel this one had quite the impact of its predecessor, as the five people Annie meets are in turns predictable and oddly unfulfilling. The first book kept me guessing and tied everything up so beautifully; this one fell a bit flat in that aspect. Albom, as always, has a way with words and larger concepts and themes that make you think and question things. I'm not a particularly religious person, so maybe certain parts of his books don't hit me like they would a more faithful person, but I still feel that a message of grace, forgiveness, and self- acceptance is appropriate and worthwhile to people of all faiths, or none.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    If you read my blog on Thursday, you might have read Ron Charles' Washington Post review of this book. https://wapo.st/2IOE7zI. It was funny. But, I read Mitch Albom's The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. It's really directed at the same audience that made The Five People You Meet in Heaven a #1 bestseller. In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Eddie, a maintenance man at Ruby Pier amusement park, died saving a little girl from a cable that snapped on a ride. Now, twenty-five years later, Annie, If you read my blog on Thursday, you might have read Ron Charles' Washington Post review of this book. https://wapo.st/2IOE7zI. It was funny. But, I read Mitch Albom's The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. It's really directed at the same audience that made The Five People You Meet in Heaven a #1 bestseller. In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Eddie, a maintenance man at Ruby Pier amusement park, died saving a little girl from a cable that snapped on a ride. Now, twenty-five years later, Annie, that little girl, is a nurse. She's also a newlywed, for one day. That's not a spoiler. The author makes it obvious with an hour-by-hour countdown that it's the last day of Annie's life. But, throughout the book, readers meet the five people (used loosely) who changed or affected Annie's life. Readers see Annie's view of every situation. Most times, Annie thinks she made a mistake that caused a tragic result, but she's blocked out the accident that permanently damaged her hand. Annie views her life, even in death, as one big mistake. Yes, I'll admit the book is overly sentimental. I found myself tearing up over a story about a dog. Albom's words are excessively flowery at times. Even before I read Charles' review, I thought this book was unnecessary. The first book seemed to have set the pattern, and, in some ways, this seemed repetitive. It was a totally different story, with a twist in the end. But, it still felt as if I had been on this journey before. As I said, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven has a built-in audience. I'll be curious to see if or where it lands on the bestseller lists, and how long it stays there. It just wasn't as original as the first book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Lynn

    First, I want to thank my local Library and Mitch Albom for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom is the long awaited follow up novel to Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Will Meet in Heaven. I have been a fan of his since his first book came out. Not to mention I also enjoyed the made for tv movies from his book. So, when this came out I knew I had to read it. I am glad that I did. This story does not start out like any other First, I want to thank my local Library and Mitch Albom for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom is the long awaited follow up novel to Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Will Meet in Heaven. I have been a fan of his since his first book came out. Not to mention I also enjoyed the made for tv movies from his book. So, when this came out I knew I had to read it. I am glad that I did. This story does not start out like any other story you will read. See, you will meet Annie (as this is her story) but the beginning of he story of her leaving earth and living her life in heaven. Kind of odd when you read the part about her funeral. The author mentions when you are young you never really think about those things. I am 42 and I try not to think of those things. Within this story you will flash back to time when Annie and her husband Paulo got married, the accident that killed Eddie, what really happened to her left hand, etc. This a quick and short read but yet a very powerful one at that.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Mitch Albom has another hit to his list. This is a quick read with a lot of love. I am sure that this will receive many accolades as "The Five People You Meet in Heaven". However, Albom throws us some clever curve balls that make this every bit as unique. This time we visit heaven with Annie. Annie has suffered in life in much the way we all do. A childhood accident leads to a minor handicap and as a result her mother became a helicopter, single mom, who was always monitoring her. She remains in Mitch Albom has another hit to his list. This is a quick read with a lot of love. I am sure that this will receive many accolades as "The Five People You Meet in Heaven". However, Albom throws us some clever curve balls that make this every bit as unique. This time we visit heaven with Annie. Annie has suffered in life in much the way we all do. A childhood accident leads to a minor handicap and as a result her mother became a helicopter, single mom, who was always monitoring her. She remains in her shell until a childhood sweetheart returns to her life. All to soon she goes to heaven. There she meets five different individuals that impacted her life and tremendous healing takes place. If you are looking for a feel good story, this is a winner. I imagine that many people will share this with others that are struggling with the meaning of their life. Don't miss out! Thank you to the author and others that provided me with this copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jonas

    Blessed to have received an advance reader’s copy in which I wrote my wedding proposal. Though The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a sequel, it certainly can be read as a stand alone. Any necessary information from the first book is woven into the narrative. The novel follows Annie’s story: life after the accident introduced in The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a troubled relationship with her mother, enduring loss, and finding the love of her life, her souls delight, Paulo. A very powerful Blessed to have received an advance reader’s copy in which I wrote my wedding proposal. Though The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a sequel, it certainly can be read as a stand alone. Any necessary information from the first book is woven into the narrative. The novel follows Annie’s story: life after the accident introduced in The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a troubled relationship with her mother, enduring loss, and finding the love of her life, her souls delight, Paulo. A very powerful and moving story that reminds us that Divine things happen every day, we may not understand why things happen-but there is a reason, and throughout our journey one life touches another life that touches the next. We are more connected than we think or know. It is a journey of healing that brings peace of mind/heart to Annie and the reader. This book will change how you perceive chance happenings in the world and the impact of interactions with those around you.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie

    The five people you meet in heaven is possibly my favourite book I’ve ever read. I love the story, I love Eddie, I love the sentiment and it started my love of Mitch Albom books. When I saw he had written a sequel I was sceptical - I wasn’t sure what was missing from the first book or how he could possibly add to it. I stand by my opinion that the first book says it all. While I enjoyed ‘The next five people you meet in heaven’, I don’t feel like it added anything new to the idea, it’s more anot The five people you meet in heaven is possibly my favourite book I’ve ever read. I love the story, I love Eddie, I love the sentiment and it started my love of Mitch Albom books. When I saw he had written a sequel I was sceptical - I wasn’t sure what was missing from the first book or how he could possibly add to it. I stand by my opinion that the first book says it all. While I enjoyed ‘The next five people you meet in heaven’, I don’t feel like it added anything new to the idea, it’s more another version. If I hadn’t read the first book I think I’d have rated this higher but although it’s a good book, I don’t think it packed the emotional punch the first one did, simply because I knew what to expect. I’m a massive Mitch Albom fan, the time keeper, the magic strings of Frankie Presto and Tuesday’s with Morrie have added to my lists of faves since I read ‘5 people’ and I am in no way criticising, for me it just didn’t hit the emotional spot his books normally do. I also just felt so sorry for poor Annie. It was lovely to live in the world of an old favourite but for me, it’s not as powerful the second time around. A lovely read but I’m off to reread the original.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars I have to admit,I'm one of those rare people that didn't like the five people you meet in heaven. Now many years later,with very little recall of that book... I find myself liking this one a bit more. The ideas of all these lives connected in ways you can't begin to imagine.. and the chance to resolve issues... it's a good thought. There was one particular bit I didn't think did the book much (cleo) but that's just me. Nicely done.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Kittell

    Caution! Do not even start this book without having kleenex handy! Oh my goodness, this is as much a tearjerker as "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" was. We learn about Annie, the little girl Eddie saved in the park. Throughout the book, we go on an incredible journey with her through her life and the five she meets. That is all I'm going to tell you. You can find out more by reading this INCREDIBLE book!!

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