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For One More Day by Mitch Albom

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?
As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother—who died eight years earlier—is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

What follows is the one “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. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.

The View:

I picked this book yesterday and had the urge to finish reading it immediately. Many times a book that triggers strong emotions from me is always a complex one, so I was genuinely surprised by this book. ‘For One More Day’ is a thought-provoking book and yet a simple read

This book is more of an experience – an experience that will make a difference in our daily life. I am a grown woman and like everybody else I have problems with my mother, we argue, we discuss and we debate. But the very first moment I need a friend, I turn to her for her advice or criticism. This book reminded me of how much I cherish the love of my mother and now that I am one I want my daughter to love me the same way I love my Mom. Deep thoughts yes, but this is what this book did to me. I particularly loved the sections that said “Times My Mother Stood Up For Me” and “Times I Didn’t Stand Up For My Mother”. They are simple life moments that all of us must have gone through but never realized it in the way it has been written.

Charley Benetto’s mom is like all our mother’s, she loves her son unconditionally and shows it in every way possible. Her little handwritten notes are my inspiration and I want to do that for my girl soon. Her disappointments and sacrifices will surely bring a tear to your eye.

Rated a 5 on 5 for the fantastic writing, heart rendering story and for the emotions it rekindles in the user.



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