Neal Shusterman can think up some crazy things! I enjoyed this journey into Everlost with Nick and Allie, who are headed “toward the light” following a car crash when they are bumped out of the way and land in Everlost. Shusterman creates a fascinating world that is sort of Peter Pan’s Neverland meets Purgatory. The last 50 pages are when it gets really good.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a novel about a professor who has contracted an awful, debilitating disease. This disease causes the professor to slowly lose all muscle control until he is restricted in his bed and can barely talk. Because of a “Nightline” special that was produced about Morrie, Morrie’s former student, Mitch finds out about his favorite professor’s unfortunate situation. Even though it has been sixteen years since Mitch graduated, he flies to see his favorite professor. Surprisingly, even though Morrie knows he is dying a very awful and painful death, he is at peace with the fact of his fate. As they talk, Morrie finds out that Mitch has become caught up in the superficial part of life. At the end of their first visit, Morrie asks Mitch to come back. This is the beginning of their weekly Tuesday lessons. These lessons aren’t the same as the previous sociology classes that Morrie taught. These lessons are about life. All the lessons that a wise old man has learned throughout his lifetime are condensed and given to Mitch every Tuesday. Topics like family, forgiveness, greed, and of course, death are discussed. As time progresses, so does the disease. They call this book their last thesis. It’s a collection of all the things that Morrie wants his students to know, and through this book he shares his wisdom with the world.
This book can be found in the media center by looking up the call number 92 SCH. It reads like a journal, and is very personal. It is a very emotional and touching book that brought tears to my eyes multiple times. Once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down and even wished that it was longer at the end. If you are looking for a great read definitely pick up a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie!
~Jessica S., Class of ’11
Mitch Albom writes a story based off his uncle, Eddie. Eddie believes that his life is without purpose. On the day that Eddie dies, he is 83; this is where the story begins. Mitch takes you through another average day in the life of Eddie. There is maintenance to be done at Ruby Pier, the boardwalk amusement park that Eddie has known his whole life, and Eddie has to do it. Eddie doesn’t know it, but its Eddie’s last day on earth.
After Eddie’s death, he goes to heaven where his body is young again. He is in a place he knows very well, Ruby Pier, but it isn’t the same. He meets his first person in heaven. Each person that Eddie meets has a different lesson for him to learn. He learns how many people he has affected in his life and why they were connected. As Eddie goes though meeting the rest of the five people set aside for him to meet in their heavens, he realizes that his mundane life was important. He is forced to see how his being a maintenance man and devoting time to Ruby Pier and his family has not been in vain. He learns the answers to the dreams that haunted him after serving in the war and how to forgive his father for a lifetime of pain. In heaven, Eddie learns that he mattered on earth and that he was supposed to live the life he did.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about knowing that your life means something, and even though you don’t see how everything comes together now, one day you might. The story is about love and knowing that you are worth something. This book taught me to never take any day for granted because you never know what day might be your last and who you might be affecting.
~Emily B., Class of ’12