For One More Day – Mitch Albom

I pulled this book out for a reread at the beginning of the year, just waiting for the right moment. I would get so caught up on the piles of new exciting books that this book as sat neglected for almost 6 months. Finally I got there and reacquainted myself with this gem from one of my favourite authors.

 

Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back. What if you got it back?

 

This is the premise of the book. It follows Chick Benetto, a man broken when he realises he was too much of a liability to be invited to his only daughter’s wedding. A man whose life has been running off the rails for years. A life he is ready to end now, where it all began, in his hometown of Pepperville Beach. His life which has been running off the rails since the day his mother died.

 

Once again this is another beautiful work of art by Albom. The story weaves from the tangible to intangible, past to present, memory to reality in a masterful way. I love Albom’s style of writing, simple and to the point. He creates flawed yet relatable characters that you care for regardless of their past mistakes. I love that his books can say so much, have such a profound effect and yet are quite short and easily read in a short amount of time.

 

This book tells a story of one man’s mistakes, his triumphs and the all important relationship between a child and their mother. This story is almost fable-like with an important lesson to be learnt: don’t take your loved ones for granted. Love them with all your heart while you can. I recommend this book to anyone. It is heartbreakingly beautiful and will sit with you well past the conclusion of the pages. I give For One More Day four of Chick’s baseballs, an important part of his life.

 

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