For One More Day by Mitch Albom

For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Publication date: September 26, 2006
Publisher: Hachette Books
Pages: 208
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and relationship that lasts a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?”

I’m sure it’s something that we have all thought of at some point. What if we could spend more time with our grandfather before he passes away? What if we are able to cook our grandmother’s favourite dish one last time? What if we have a chance to reconcile with our siblings before it’s too late? What if we are able to say our goodbyes?

Synopsis: For One More Day by Mitch Albom tells the story of Charley Benetto who grows up in a broken home. His father always makes him choose between him and his mother, to either be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy; he chooses the latter. He worships his father and did everything like him until the day he disappears, leaving 11 year old Charley and his sister to be raised by his mother on her own. He’s embarrassed that his family isn’t whole anymore and it affects his relationship with his mother.

Decades later following her death, Charley’s life changes drastically as he drowns himself in alcohol, depression and regrets which causes him to lose his own family. In a failed suicide attempt, he somehow makes his way back to his childhood home where his mother is still living and alive. He then spends one whole day with his mother revisiting memories and realizing how much he didn’t know her, how much she loved him and how he turned a blind eye all these years to her sacrifices.

When I read this book years ago for the first time, I never thought I would embark on such an inspirational journey with the author. I’ve read all of Albom’s books since then and my love for his writing seems to renew itself every time I read his stories. However, THIS book was really love at first sight for me or shall I say love at first read. The story touched me to my very core in an inexplicable way as if the story belonged to me. I felt Charley’s regrets for not being by his mother’s side during her last moments before she died. I understood the shame when he remembered all those times he didn’t stand up for her. Reading this story made me appreciate my own mother as I witnessed that one more day Charley had with his, remembering all the sacrifices a mother would make for her children and her unconditional love.

This book is not voluminous but is rich with emotions. I’ve read somewhere that it was critiqued for being “lazy and sloppy literature”. I disagree. I thought that the way the author delivered the story was realistic because of its simplicity. This type of story is not meant to be told with fancy words and complex structures. The readers need to be able to relate to the story and to connect with the characters. That’s exactly what Mitch Albom accomplished with this book.

If you haven’t read For One More Day or any of Mitch Albom’s work, I will give you one trillion imaginary dollars to run to your bookstore right now and grab yourself a copy. ;)

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