Monday, March 21, 2011

All We Know of Heaven Review

Title: All We Know of Heaven
Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Pages: 320 Pages
Release Date: Released 4/29/2008
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Goodreads Summary: All We Know Of Heaven was written by Jacquelyn Mitchard, a mother of seven and currently living in Wisconsin . It is a fictional novel but based on true accounts of patients who have had their identity mistaken.
Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.
Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love. (from back of book)

My Review: This book was interesting, to say the least. After turning the last page I couldn’t decide whether I hated it or fell in love with it. It has a certain charm to it that makes you feel peace and comfort. However, it also leaves you saddened at how the characters were left. Even though I had mixed feelings for this book, I highly recommend it. It is thought provoking, uplifting, and makes you really appreciate what you have. And with all that, it still keeps you entertained the whole time!

This was the kind of book that hooked you from the beginning and kept you up all night thinking about it even after the last page was turned. You become so involved with the characters and their lives and emotions that by the end you really feel like you know them personally. As for the ending, it was appropriate for the book but not what I would have liked to see happen. This is the reason for my mixed feelings. Overall, it was an exciting, heart-wrenching read. If you need a good book to get lost in, this is it!



  1. I felt the same way about this book. I think in some ways, like you said, it is very heart wrenching and has deep characters, which I loved about it. But at the same time the direction the plot went was a little disappointing. Although I do think it is based on a true story (I'm not sure how accurately), I still thought it could have ended better. But it was quite enjoyable, and had a lot to offer the reader.

  2. This is a book that i would like to read. I like a little mystery and unexpected occurrences that this book seems like it has. I also like unexpected endings. To many stories have happy totally predictable endings. So when i find a book that doesn't have an ordinary ending i am all for it.

  3. I love books with those kinds of endings. They leave you thinking about it! I really want to read this book!

  4. I agree with Sadie, books that leave you thinking at the end are the best. Though it sounds pretty heart breaking. I have read way too many Nicholas Sparks books to know that these kinds of books leave me depressed for days. Not sure I will read this one right away.