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All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard
posted by AshleyPr on March 23, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard
All We Know of Heaven is by Jacquelyn Mitchard, and it's about Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley who have been best friends forever. They have the same hair color, eye color, and they even act the same, personality wise. When the two girls are on the way to cheerleading one day, they end up on an icy road and spin out of control causing a terrible wreck. At the scene Maureen is pronounced dead, and Bridget is in serious condition. For a few weeks she is in a coma, and her parents are hoping and praying she wakes up. Maureen has a big funeral and is sadly buried. Then, just a little while after Maureen's funeral, Bridget wakes up and starts muttering words that sound like, "Mama". A dental surgeon comes in to run scans on Bridget's teeth to see how badly they have been damaged. He finds out that Bridget has four canines removed, and the person in the chart hasn't. The nurses decide he must have the wrong records. The girl that was Bridget had had braces, Bridget hadn't. It was the wrong girl; it was Maureen. They ran blood tests a few days later and found out the doctors were wrong. This was Maureen O'Malley; they had made a terrible mistake. Bridget and Maureen's parents were told the great and yet horrible news. Also, Bridget's boyfriend and Maureen's best friend, Danny, was told. He didn't know what to think. This story stirs up a lot of drama and sadness with the Flannery's towards the O'Malley's. I won't spoil the ending by saying what happens after Maureen wakes up and begins to talk. I think this book is a great story about relationships lost and begun. I felt while reading this book that it was heart breaking and touching at the same time. I recommend it to anyone that wants to read a story about friendship and love.
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I have read this book several times and have loved it all the way through. It isn't a book you can read while watching television, but it is very well written. Full of drama that is normal for teenagers. Also includes feelings that most humans never experience in their lives. It is a touching true story about friendship and tragedy. A tale of mistaken identity that takes a more tragic turn than expected. Somewhat confusing at points, but it really grabs your attention and focus. It touches the soul in a way that is hard through plain text. So vividly written that the pictures come to life in your mind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2009
It wasnt what I thought it would be. It was better. I thought it was just going to be about one of the girls recovering from the accident but it went farther than that. It went into her life after the accident and her challenges. It was very good and recomend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2008
Easy read with a great message.
I really enjoyed reading All We Know of Heaven. It had a great story line that kept you interested for the entirety of the book. There were was a lot of unexpected twist that made for a great deal of suspense. However, I did feel the author kept the romance between Maureen and Danny going a little too long. By about the third chapter of their love I was starting to get sick of their relationship. However the author did a exceptional job at giving you a clear view of the characters. Most if not all of the characters were relatable and likable in a since. And the theme of the story was very clear and uplifting. I really enjoyed reading All We Know of Heaven and would recommend it to all of my friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2008
A gut wrenching good read
Jacquelyn Mitchard knows how to write. She writes in such a way that you get so absorbed in the book that you feel like you are in the book. Her latest book, All We Know of Heaven is a young adult book is not exception. I first heard about this book a few months ago, combed the bookstores looking for it and bugged the local libraries until I finally got the book in my hand. It was worth the wait. The book, a work of fiction is based on an incident of mistaken identity after a horrific car accident. This is book that you can¿t put down and the story will stick with you for a long time even after the last pages have been read. Bridget and Maureen have been best friends basically forever. They were as close to sisters as two non-related people can be. They even looked alike too and it seemed the older they got the stronger the resemblance became. They both were the exactly same height, with blond hair cut the same way and oval shaped green eyes. This actually turned out to be the basis for a horrible mistake that would destroy two families and rock the small close-knit community they lived in. It was a snowy, icy cold night and girls were on the way to a cheerleading competition. Unfortunately, they would never make it. It was a head on collision. Very quick, very deadly. One girl was killed, the other girl was left in coma struggling to survive. They were both so badly bruised and broken it was nearly impossible to tell who was who. It was Maureen¿s car that was totaled, everyone assumed Maureen was the one who died but it turns out¿. The story is about the aftermath of the accident, how the mistaken identity affects both of the families, friends and the community. The emotional fallout is evident through the gut wrenching anger, guilt, joy played out on the pages. It is the story of Maureen who comes back from the dead almost literally trying to get better and find some normalcy with a traumatic brain injury. She had to relearn everything she took for granted ¿ how to walk, talk and care for herself. It was a touching story about a girl who could¿ve given up but didn¿t. She survived and dared to thrive as a line in the book says. Mitchard paints a realistic picture of how difficult the recovery process for all parties, both emotionally and physically, really is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.