by Mitch Albom
Not part of a series
Reading level: high school and up
Reviewed by J. N., grade 12
After maintenance man Eddie dies in a freak accident at an amusement park, he embarks on a journey to heaven, where he meets five people who have greatly influenced his life (some of whom he has never met before). Each character, in his or her own personal heaven, has a significant lesson to teach Eddie before he reaches his own eternal heaven. This story frequently flashes back to Eddie's life on Earth and shows how these five people impacted it.
After falling in love with the two-part show on Netflix, I went and grabbed this book that has been sitting unread in my library. And as always, the book is way better than the show. It was beautifully written, and it was definitely hard not to be emotional by the end of the book. The personal heavens of each of the five people are so vividly described and touching. It was also impossible for me not to sympathize with or become attached to the characters. I would recommend this book to a more mature audience.
I would rate this book a 5/5. The chronology of the story can be confusing at times, but I could overlook it because of the great plot. This book also offers a lot of insight to the reader.
Editor's note: Burbank Public Library also offers this as an audio book, for those who prefer to listen.