Friday, 18 September 2015

Book Review : For One More Day by Mitch Albom

Author         : Mitch Albom
Genre          : Fiction
Publisher      : Hachette Books
Date Published : 26/09/2006
Pages          : 197
Rating         : 5/5


" Every family is a ghost story ”

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.
For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?
As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.
Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.
He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother -- who died eight years earlier -- is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.
Albom has said his relationship with his own mother was largely behind the story of the book, and that several incidents in “For One More Day” are actual events from his childhood.


Would you like to spend one more day with a person who has died? This is the book for you.

I love this book so much! I read this book two days before my 20th birthday. I was planning to give this book to my Mother on my birthday, to thank her for giving me birth. Reading this book made me realise how big and everlasting a mother's love can be, despite all the things that's been done to her. The story is told in flashbacks and the chapter often around two or three pages. This book will touch your heart and make you think about the sacrifices your mom makes just for you to be happy. It allows you to reflect on your own relationship with your mother. Mitch Albom is a great storyteller. He has this certain magic in the way he writes!

This is one of my favourite books. I highly recommend it to anyone. Thank you Mitch Albom. Keep on inspiring people through your writing!