The Five People You Meet In Heaven

By: Mitch Albom

Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller

"Have a Little Faith"

"All Endings Are Also Beginnings, We Just Don't Know It At The Time"

~ Mitch Albom

Eddie "Maintenance"

Eddie is an 83-year-old maintenance man, who has dedicated his life to working at Ruby Pier. At the start of the story, we do not know much about Eddie, except for his age and occupation; we learn the most about Eddie when he takes his journey through heaven.

Until Eddie is takes his journey through heaven all we really knew was that he had a wounded knee from the war, and that he worked at Ruby Peir his whole life. As Eddie goes through heaven we(the readers) learn more and more about Eddie and so does he. Eddie was very depressed during his life on earth. Eddie was mostly depressed because, he didn't become that engineer, instead he was drafted into the war and afterwards he had a full life of working at ruby peir because of his knee.


Each of the themes in the novel, Eddie learns as lessons in heaven; however, we also see these themes exemplified during Eddie’s life on earth. One theme is there is no random acts in life.

Point of View

The point of view is in 3rd person.


The setting is significant because it doesn't just take place in one location, it jumps all over the place. It starts off at Ruby Pier then it jumps to heaven.


The main event in this story is in the beginning of the book but the end of Eddies life. The main event is when Eddie saves the little girl, but through out the book Eddie is trying to figure out where he is, what happened and if he saved that little girl.

Pros And Cons/recommendations

The pros of this book was that it really teaches you to never take advantage of the time you have in life. One con is that the book starts of slow and at one point in the book it got boring. I would recommend this book to someone who likes books that start of slow and stay at that same pace through out the book. I wouldn't recommend this book if you don't like slow starting books and stays that pace through out the story.