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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the follow-up to 2003’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom picks up the story of Annie, the five-year-old whose life was saved in his earlier novel. Traumatic stress from that fairground accident has colored Annie’s entire life, and Albom moves back and forth between her time on Earth and her experiences in heaven, where she’s guided by Eddie, the hero who sacrificed his life for hers. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a short, satisfying read, filled with warmth, compassion, and life lessons about how chance and coincidence shape our lives.
In this simplistic follow-up to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Albom tells the story of Annie as she finds herself at the pearly gates and imparts five more lessons on readers from five more people. Albom's readers will remember Annie as the child Eddie the maintenance worker saved from a grisly death in the first book, but his sacrifice didn't do much to turn her luck around. Sweet, unassuming Annie takes a hot air balloon ride with her new husband, and both are nearly killed when their balloon runs into power lines. Annie insists on giving her battered husband one of her lungs. The next thing she knows, she's meeting her first person in heaven. What ensues is a series of travels through episodes in Annie's depressing life, and the lessons she has learned from them. But did Annie's sacrifice save her husband? Now that she's in Heaven, is there any way for her to know if he lived? Between misunderstandings with her mother and heavy-handed heartbreaks, readers will see these seeds of wisdom coming from miles away. Just as Albom's themes are rarely morally ambiguous, his prose style is also straightforward, though it's surprisingly unsentimental. Newcomers to Albom might find his goodness cloying, but fans of the first book will have plenty to appreciate here.
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He did it again
Lovely from beginning to end
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is truly such a beautiful piece of fiction. It takes you on a journey that evokes emotions and keeps you strongly connected to the story. I first read The Five People You Meet in Heaven in high school and it became one of my favorite books, so when the sequel came out I was so excited. I felt that this book really did justice to the first one. It’s an easy read that is reminiscent of the first, and I finished it within 24 hours. The story continues with the life and death lessons that Annie, the little girl that Eddie saved in the first book, and introduces the souls that were connected to her life growing up. Overall, it brings forth the concept that every life on the planet (human and animal) is connected in ways that may not always be obvious but are important beyond our understanding while we live. “No story sits by itself. Our lives connect like threads on a loom, interwoven in ways we never realize.” I cried from this book, just as I did with the first one, and felt it was a spectacular story full of emotion and the celebration of connection and the lessons that life has to offer.
A good reminder...
I really liked how this book came full circle with Eddie and told an entirely new story. A great reminder of how we are connected to people, many of which we don’t even know or remember.