The Five People You Meet in Heaven,
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This review is from: The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Paperback)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a short, quick read, but it held me captive pretty much from beginning to end, with a little perplexed head scratching to finish with.
Eddie is a difficult character to like in the beginning - he’s a little bit grumpy old man, a little bit endearing old man, and a serving of lost soul. He’s dedicated to his job as maintenance man at the amusement park, respected by his peers and known by regular visitors but there’s still a feeling that he’s floated on the periphery of life for a while.
I really liked the idea of The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and it touches on some pretty deep topics as Eddie moves through heaven, meeting people that he knows, knows of, or was never really aware of, and revealing his life story chapter by chapter. My issue however, is that it was pretty much the story of a characters life dressed up to try and feel more dramatic and thought-provoking than it actually was. It’s sweet in places, moving and shocking in others, but it’s not the kind of book that I finished and felt like I had a lot to say about it.
In short, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a good idea, and has some interesting ideas, but it wasn’t as emotional or compelling as I’d hoped for.