For One More Day by Mitch Albom

 For One More Day by Mitch Albom as reviewed by Helene Gray

There is a saying “No one loves you like Mom.?  This is especially true in this book For One More Day, by NY Times bestselling author Mitch Albom.  It is a thought-provoking story about a down-on-his-luck former pro-baseball player named Charles (Chick) Benetto who never got over the death of his mother Pauline (Posey).  He tells his story as a narrative to another person about the circumstances leading up to his suicide attempt.  The ghost of his mother gives him one more day to review his past and understand the circumstances about his parents divorce.  This book is about family relationships and how children from a broken home get caught between parents.  Chick Benetto’s rite of passage into adulthood centered on his father’s obsession for his son’s baseball career to the detriment of Chick graduating college and not being there for his mother, Posey, wife, Catherine or daughter, Maria.  His ultimate isolation from everyone he loved was the result.  I liked his mother Posey, who devoted herself to being a single parent, loving her son and daughter Roberta and telling them “I love you every day.?  It was sad to read about how hard it was years ago for a divorced mother with children to survive and Chick’s self-centered life and guilt-ridden suicide attempt, but his redemption at the end was touching and heartfelt.  The book was well written and inspiring.

    TitleFor One More Day by Mitch Albom-NY Times bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

     Plot:  The relationships between parents and children and getting a second chance to understand and possibly correct past mistakes with a departed loved one.

     Exciting moment:  The surprising ending when the details of the story are revealed.

     Best/worst thinks:  The worst part is reading about Charles (Chick’s) Benetto’s desparate suicide attempt and the best part is how the ghost of his mother Pauline (Posey) saves him.

     The book would appeal to age’s teen to adult who are family oriented.

     The subject of parent/child relationships makes you rethink how you should treat and appreciate each other before it’s too late.  To treasure what you have.

      Main characters:  Charles (Chick) Benetto, former pro-baseball star, his mother Pauline (Posey), father Leonard, sister Roberta, wife Catherine and daughter Maria.  My favorite character was Posey.

      I would rate the book a ten.

2 Responses to “For One More Day by Mitch Albom”

  1. Nancy Dowd Says:

    Very nice review. I enjoyed the way you broke it down into exciting moments, best parts, etc…I look forward to reading it.

  2. Lety Says:

    Wow, what a great story. I am a single mom and I will definitely let my three teenage sons read this. I got the message. And it is so touching I think they will too. Thankyou Mitch Albom and God Bless you and your many writings to come and hopefully soon.