The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

Years ago, I read Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I liked it then. There was something about his writing that brought me comfort, so when someone offered to trade The First Phone Call from Heaven with me, I thought sure, why not?

It was okay. I feel like if I’d read this around the time I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, I’d like The First Phone Call from Heaven more. But my reading palate has changed over the years, and I no longer have the patience for stories that clearly want to enlighten. I mean… I should have expected this from Mitch Albom. I was considering dropping the book halfway, but I told myself that it was only ~300 pages (quick read), and I was curious to see if I would like this book as much as I did Five People. (I did not.)

From the characters to the plot, no one nor nothing stood out. The ending was okay, not exactly moving. Also, I could not accept the justification offered at the end of the story. Dealing with the loss of loved ones is already a very serious, personal matter, and it is not to be trifled with. While the intention behind the story seems to be in good faith, I did not appreciate it so much. Try again, maybe, or catch me another day.

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