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The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

(The Five People You Meet in Heaven)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  5,354 ratings  ·  843 reviews

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 Eddi

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Harper
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Mary Cummins You can read this book without rereading the Five People You Meet in Heaven. The author has a way of reintroducing Eddie in the book.I am sure
You can read this book without rereading the Five People You Meet in Heaven. The author has a way of reintroducing Eddie in the book.I am sure
you will remember the original as you read the story about Annie the little girl he saved.(less)

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 bold stars to The Next Person You Meet in Heaven!

Everyone wanted a sequel to one of the most beloved books, and Mitch Albom has delivered!

Briefly, to set the stage, in The Five People You Meet in Heaven, we met Eddie, a rough and gruff war veteran turned mechanic who passed away in the act of saving a little girl named Annie. Eddie’s trip to heaven involved questions and answers about the meaning of life.

In this follow-up, Annie’s story is told.

After the accident that took Eddie’s life, Ann
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
4 uplifting stars
My reviews can be seen here:

I was once told in a college Philosophy course that we, as humans are made of energy. The professor then went on to say that energy can never be destroyed and asked us to form our own conclusions about what he had just said. As I read The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, I could not help but recall that professor and his words.

Perhaps we would all like to believe, well probably more to know, the existence of an
Elyse Walters
Felt much too strategically concocted!!!!

A quick follow up - whipped-up sequel to
“The Five People You Meet In Heaven”.

And for heaven’s sake...this sequel’s core premises is that ‘everything’ happens for a reason:
...we are all accepted -loved - forgiven
- there is always hope and love.

Flat hallmark writing. I was too cynical for it.

This little book kept me slightly entertained with my naughty scrooge critical mind while sitting on the airplane.
Not to worry - I criticized myself, too, for bein
Louise Wilson
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In The Five People You Meet In Heaven, we meet Eddie, a grizzly old war veteran - turned amusement park maintenance man who died saving the life of a young girl called Annie. Now it's time for Annie's story in this sequel.

After Annie's accident, she had no memory of what had happened to her. She has been haunted by what the truth might reveal. Annie is now an adult and another accident finds her on her own journey to heaven where she will be reunited with Eddie. Annie's life has not been easy, b
Apr 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How did I not know a sequel was coming out to my favorite book of all time?

Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is a sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I had not read the first book so I got a copy and read it first.
The story starts with the death of a young woman Annie who had been saved from a near fatal accident as a young girl. She then meets five people who tell her a story to explain to her the meaning of her life.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Ron Charles
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
“The Next Person” follows the formula of its predecessor, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven": melodramatic flashbacks, greeting-card homilies. But heaven has been spruced up since we were here last. Annie, the little girl from "Five People" is now a nurse who dies just a few hours after her wedding. She zooms around heaven's kaleidoscopic clouds by car, by train, by mattress on some kind of spiritual acid trip, while parts of her body fade in and out. Albom notes that “nobody can talk when the ...more
Ruthy lavin
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been an enormous fan of the work of Mitch Albom for a few years and I’ve read all of his books - each one has taught me different valuable life lessons, everything from finding that little bit of extra empathy for people, to really listening and finding understanding for what matters to us all individually.
He is just a wonderful, wonderful writer and so blessed as a story teller.
I have been eagerly awaiting The next person you meet in heaven ever since I heard it was being released this Oc
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sherri Thacker
While reading this book my mother in law unexpectedly passed away. 95 years young. So healthy, still living on her own, still driving, so full of life!!! This book literally made me pause and think about our life and what we just lost! I loved Mitch Albom’s first book to this one so I was excited when this one came out. 4 stars from me!
Samantha Sim
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
you can always count on mitch albom for a good ol' cry.
Renee (
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it's been 15 years since Mitch Albom published The Five People You Meet in Heaven ! That book has always stuck with me so I wouldn't have guessed it's been that long. In The Next Person You Meet in Heaven , Albom tells Annie's story, the little girl Eddie (who was killed) saved one day at an amusement park. If you haven't read the first book I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary as Albom does a really good job of providing some backstory in this one but I do think my reading e ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and for my honest review, I've enjoyed every page of this book from beginning to end. I have read The Five People You Meet in Heaven years ago and have enjoyed it then and it was nice to see where this book started pick up to where the other book left off with Annie and Eddie reuniting after Eddie's death. This book taught so many life lessons especially to never take life for granted, cease every moment and count your blessings because you never ...more
Sarah Theis
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Loss is as old as life itself. But for all our evolution, we are yet to accept it.*

Literally. Crying. No joke. Crying. 😭

This book is so stirring, eye opening and emotional! Beautifully written, and totally worth reading. I loved the 1st one and loved this one even more. It had a twist I didn't see coming since I was so engrossed with what was happening to Annie in heaven to notice any clues to the ending. You don't even have to be religious to be moved by this story. Recommend this book 100%!
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, religious
We first met Annie in a previous tale about heaven. Now, we learn about Annie’s life, what happened to her after her accident at the amusement park, how she spent her childhood, how she grew up and fell in love, and how she came to be in heaven. We also get a glimpse of others there, including Eddie, the maintenance man who saved her, and we share in the lessons that Annie discovers. This is a version of heaven that the author imagined; it is a novel and not meant to sway anyone’s way of thinkin ...more
Charlotte Jones
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom in 2013 when my reading tastes were very different so I was a little apprehensive going into this sequel. I would suggest that this is more of a companion novel to be honest as it is of course useful to have read the previous one, it isn't necessary.

I enjoyed Annie as a protagonist and found that Mitch Albom tied the two novels together beautifully.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I did read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" before reading this sequel, it's not necessary to read "Five People" in order to understand "the Next …" It definitely would make your reading experience richer to have read both books, but if you don't have access to the first, you can go ahead and read the sequel and then go back for the first one later.

I enjoyed the experience of discovering what this book is about - what happens and why - way too much to in any way compromise another read
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a latecomer to the Mitch Albom party, discovering the prequel to this book (The Five People You Meet In Heaven) through a very good book friend only a month ago.

I have to say I loved The Five People You Meet In Heaven, but I ADORED The Next Person You Meet In Heaven, and devoured it in one day. Mitch’s writing is just beautiful, descriptive and highly emotive. I smiled, I cried, I sobbed. Anyone who has suffered loss of any kind will find some connection, some solace even in these two boo
I stayed up late into the wee hours of the night to finish this cause I knew the flood gates would be released and I wanted to be in the privacy of my room when this happened. I'm not ashamed to admit that I did sob like a baby.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, audiobooks
Not Mitch's best, but still an interesting story. Part of the action is very reminiscent of very recent news that was very sad.
Rehan Abd Jamil
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He never failed to amaze me...
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: wishlist, 2018
I loved Mitch Albom and I always will. This is the first book of his, so far, that I’ve ever rated less than 4-5 stars... and I’ve read all his novels. This book was good, of course, but it just didn’t have the same magical vibe that his past works have. It seemed kind of mashed together with previous lessons learned, to just have something to put out there.
david y biblioflick
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trilogy-series, adult
received an e-arc from edelweiss. review might contain some mild spoilers

So this book is a sequel to the the five people you meet in heaven, not really directly so you could read this a standalone. It is a part of the world of that book. And somehow it's was kinda weak when it's compared to its predecessor and I was disappointed.

As far as I can remember, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my favorite Albom books (together with the timekeeper and the magic strings of frankie presto). B
Brenna Clark
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you HarperCollins publishers for the advanced readers copy of this book . It was the perfect sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven . I understand Annie's feelings of the constant mistakes in her life and not seeing them as a path to where she'll find peace and happiness . Mitch Albom waiting for the next book always
"...when you first get to heaven, you meet five people from your time on earth. They were all in your life for a reason... They teach you something you didn't realize while you were alive. It helps you understand the things you went through."
It has been 8 years since I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven , and it's been 15 long years since that book was published. Wow, where did the time go? Even though it's been so many years since I read that book, I still hold it very dearly to my heart
Jack (That English Guy who Reads)
First of all, it needs to be said that this is a very fulfilling sequel to one of my all-time favourite books. Albom delivers everything as before but manages to make sure it is not a carbon copy of The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Where the character Eddie worries about a meaningless life, here Annie worries that her life is just a series of mistakes; including the mistake which sees her start her journey in Heaven. Annie's life is dutifully and deeply explored through the telling of Annie's
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time…..

I don’t know one person who did not love The Five People You Meet in Heaven. And I don’t know anyone that won’t love this book either. It is so needed in the times we live in. It is filled with love, wonder, hope, and faith. I know some people will find it too saccharine because there are always those that scoff at anything with goodness, but I, for one, found it uplifting and elevating to th
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[ 3 stars ]

was it enjoyable? kind of. was it repetitive from the last book? kind of. was it underwhelming? yes. did i like the ending? not at all
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Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

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“We fear loneliness, Annie, but loneliness itself does not exist. It has no form. It is merely a shadow that falls over us. And Just as shadows die when light changes, the sadness can depart once we see the truth."

"What's the truth?" Annie asked.

"That the end of loneliness is when someone needs you." The old woman smiled. "And the world is so full of need.”
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