Friday, 20 January 2012

Review: For One More Day

For One More Day   
Author: Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
Synopsis: Charley Benetto is a broken man, his life destroyed by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits rock bottom after discovering he won't be invited to his only daughter's wedding. And he decides to take his own life.
Charley takes a midnight ride to his small hometown: his final journey. But as he staggers into his old house, he makes an astonishing discovery. His mother - who died eight years earlier - is there, and welcomes Charley home as if nothing had ever happened.

What follows is the one seemingly ordinary day so many of us yearn for: a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets and to seek forgiveness.

"But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin."

Did you ever wished you could make up for the times you took a person for granted? This is a story of how a man had his life ruined by a desire to please his father and how he stood up after he fell from his downfall.

Chick and his relationship with his mother was not smooth but when he was given a day to be with her again, he understood things and appreciated everything she did for her. She made him realise his mistakes and encouraged him to pick himself up and start to rebuild his broken life.

In a very emotional and amazingly written book, Albom taught us lessons about life and family. I know this book was meant to make readers realise that even though you fucked up life, you can always learn from your mistakes and pick yourself up but it also tells me how we should not take our families for granted, no matter what happens.