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Publisher Description

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?"

Fiction & Literature
April 1
Hachette Books
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Grades 8-17

Customer Reviews

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Makes your heart stop

Absolutely breathtaking. I found it incredibly difficult to put down. I am not a religious person so this authors vision of heaven is absolutely beautiful. No religions are talked about - just a beautiful interpretation of heaven and coming home. Before I even finished the book I was telling everyone about it. Goosebumps. Tears. Heartache. Laughter. Love. You feel everything so deeply. Just beautiful.

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Very important lesson

This book taught me a very important lesson. That lesson is that we all are made for something, each and every one of us have a purpose even though most of us don’t know it yet. All in all this was a amazing book.

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It had great diction. The plot was easy to follow and it concludes with a great messages. This book is not boring and it does a great job of keeping you engaged and it’s a must read.

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