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.
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.
Find another genre. I want to vomit every time I come across another “Heaven” book. Pure sap, a la Nicholas Sparks.