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To ask other readers questions about All We Know of Heaven , please sign up. Umm I had to read it becvause of a school report thing. Its great ferturse were good? Pewdiepie Thats nice ydgfdygsjfhgsdfhygsejyfgsef. See 2 questions about All We Know of Heaven…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 22, Rossy rated it it was ok. Loved the premise, but the book failed to amuse me. As a lot of reviews say, the first part of the book was interesting: We learn about the accident and the aftermath and we feel truly sorry and happy for the families.

View 2 comments. This novel was inspired by a true story. It is about two girls, Bridget and Maureen, who are so alike and yet so different at the same time. They look quite similar, they have the same colour hair and eyes, and they are the same height. The two have been best friends since they were small children. One night while travelling home from a cheerleading practice, there is an accident, an extremely serious one, and the lives of these two girls are changed forever. One girl dies while the other one sur This novel was inspired by a true story.

One girl dies while the other one survives. One family buries their child, while the other sits over their child's hospital bed as their injured and broken daughter lies in a coma. When the girl, who is believed to be Bridget, finally wakes from her coma, it is soon realised that the wrong child has been buried. This is really a fantastic novel. The book is unputdownable! It's a tale of tragedy and hope, renewal and death, romance, growth and forgiveness.

The characters are portrayed so clearly and vividly. It is a thrilling read and nearly impossible not to become completely absorbed into the situation. May 08, Sara rated it liked it. I thought this was a good book, but it had one major problem--believability.

Okay, I know this situation of a bad accident and thinking it was one person who died but it was actually the other has happened in the past, and I'm fine with that. I'm fine that they made a book about it. What I'm not fine with is how unbelievable everything else is. Like the girl who survived happened to be the nicer of the two.

The girl who survived's family is more religious than the other family. They also didn't I thought this was a good book, but it had one major problem--believability. They also didn't react so violently when they thought it was their girl who had died. The boyfriend happened to realize he always loved the girl who survived more than his actual girlfriend who was the one who died.

Then there's the fact that she recovered so quickly. In the book there was a scene where the nurse told the mother not to expect too much and that it wasn't like a movie where in one scene the girl is lying there helpless and in the next she's taking her first unassisted steps She was in a coma forever and then it seemed like in no time at all she was out of the hospital and back to school. If you look past all of that, though, I liked this book.

I don't know anything about people with brain injuries, but I thought the girl's speech and actions were realistic. Nov 10, Arryn rated it it was ok. I picked this book up for two reasons: 1. I think Jacquelyn Mitchard is a very good writer, although I've only read one of her novels previously and lots of freelance articles ; and 2. I vividly remember reading about the true incident upon which this novel is loosely based.

The real-life incident involved two college students who were also good friends; they were involved in a violent car accident in which one of the girls was killed and the other was terribly injured and in a coma for over fi I picked this book up for two reasons: 1. The real-life incident involved two college students who were also good friends; they were involved in a violent car accident in which one of the girls was killed and the other was terribly injured and in a coma for over five weeks.

Eventually, the truth came to be known: it was a case of mistaken identity. The family who had been keeping vigil at their comatose daughter's bedside discovered that their daughter was actually the one who had died and been buried by the family of the surviving girl. The girls looked remarkably alike and the one in a coma suffered facial swelling, broken bones, and cuts and bruises. To read more about this disturbing event, go to www.

Unfortunately, the novel didn't grab me like I thought it would. Perhaps because Mitchard targets a young adult audience, the writing was sometimes sappy and the dialogue often seemed contrived and shallow. The premise of the story, though, leaves so much room for rumination! What a heartbreaking situation. View 1 comment.

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May 10, Jason Yeung rated it did not like it. All we know of heaven, a novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard is about 2 teenage girls that have been best friends since kindergarten, and grew up together. It happened too early in the bo All we know of heaven, a novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard is about 2 teenage girls that have been best friends since kindergarten, and grew up together.

Was she not paying attention? Was there another car that hit them? That was what I had thought at the time, until I kept reading further. I guess they did a good job of integrating what happened into the book. All I had to get to was the Days Inn up there a mile! One more mile! The only part that I liked was when they were about to find out that it was Maureen in the coma, instead of Bridget. They lead up to it really well, with the doctors suddenly rising suspicion. I think that after they found out who was who, the book went really slowly.

For the next pages or so it is about everybody mourning, and highly unentertaining. This book overall was just unentertaining. Jan 03, Elizabeth rated it did not like it Shelves: middle-grade. Mitchard handled the emotions of everyone very well. That was, I think, the most well-done part of the entire book. She captured the grief, the shock, the relief, the joy, the heartbreak very realistically.

The first pages of this book are fine. Great, maybe. And then for the next half of the book it just drags on and on…I almost stopped reading it at one point. Danny a. I hated it every time they were together. This book would have been fantastic if it had ended a whole lot sooner than it did. I just stopped caring about the characters.

I liked Evan. Shelves: fiction , favorites , ya , library , tearjerkers , june Very touching novel about friendships, love, and tragedy. I found myself laughing at times, in tears at others. They do everything together and if you saw the girls in person, you would probably have to look twice, thinking you were looking at a set of twins since the girls are almost mirror images of each other. Same height, slender build, and long blonde hair. So it's easy to see how the hospital screwed Very touching novel about friendships, love, and tragedy.

So it's easy to see how the hospital screwed up in thinking the girl who lived was actually the girl who died. This book was a definite page turner for me and was very moving and sad in more ways than one. Maureen is the girl who lived, but throughout the book she feels as if she is being punished for living.


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But despite the obstacles she is faced with from the accident, with friends, and in love she shines and overcomes them all. Loved, Loved, Loved this book!! I definitely recommend it to anyone that is a fan of the deeper YA novel. Dec 28, Annie rated it really liked it. Another random YA book that I had read in high school and that just popped into my head when I was trying to think of some quick, fun reads to amuse me.

Surprisingly, I think this one resonated a bit more with me now upon rereading it than it did when initially reading it.

The complicated nature of Danny's and Maureen's and Bridget's relationships with one another is well done. The characters are all extremely compelling and linger long after the book is closed in the eight or nine years in betwe Another random YA book that I had read in high school and that just popped into my head when I was trying to think of some quick, fun reads to amuse me. The characters are all extremely compelling and linger long after the book is closed in the eight or nine years in between reading this, I still remembered the characters and lines from the book would come to me when a memory was nudged.

There are no simple answers, no fairytale endings, no dumbed-down or candy-coated emotions here.

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Sure, you could call it "chick lit for the teen set" like the back cover does, but then you're probably a sexist dick with the emotional range of a toe ring. Sep 29, Paloma Meir rated it it was amazing. Jacqueline Mitchard and Wally Lamb write the most depressing books. And I like it. All We Know of Heaven is a ripped from the headlines story of two girls who are in a car accident.

One dies, one lives. Their broken bodies lead to a case of mistaken identity. The story covers all aspects of the tragedy, the overwhelming grief of the parents, the relief of finding out it wasn't their child, the guilt of having their child live. The press attention complicates their lives, the long hard road of reh Jacqueline Mitchard and Wally Lamb write the most depressing books. The press attention complicates their lives, the long hard road of rehabilitation for their daughter's injuries. Everything, she writes the full story.

Does it have a happy ending? Do any of Wally Lamb's books have a happy ending? I don't know. Maybe the message is, just keep on trucking, there's going to be unbearable grief in life and days of pure happiness. I loved the book. I really need to work on my review skills. Feb 21, Harumi added it. It has joy and has a sadness. There are two best friends named Bridget and Maureen, that have been best friends ever since they were really tiny.

Matter of fact they tend to be very identical to each other as if they were twins. One day something very terrible happens and one of the girl passed away. I liked this book because it had suspense most of the time. Sep 12, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book! May 07, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: trt-posted-reviews , trt-gold-star-award-winner , read-personally-by-moi.

Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo. This is a book that's hard to describe in detail, due mainly to the fact that I don't want to give too much of the story away. Suffice it to say, however, that it's a story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. Two girls, Bridget and Maureen, who are so similar and yet so different at the same time. They have nearly identical body shapes, have the same colored hair and eyes, and even share many of the same mannerisms and characteristics.

They've been best friends for several years, and yet there's a part of Maureen that understands that Bridget considers her to be her friend out of convenience, and for what she can provide for her. Then there is an accident, a deadly one, and the lives of two girls and their families are forever changed. One girl dies, one girl lives. One family buries their daughter, one rejoices and yet fears over the fact that their daughter, now forever changed, lies unconscious and unknowing in a hospitable bed.

Yet through it all, interspersed throughout the pages of the story, are the tangled thoughts of a young woman, who is unable to grasp even the simplest words and put them to the images she sees, yet who understands the concept that she's not the girl everyone seems to think she is. The wrong daughter buried, the wrong family rejoicing. Fear, regret, heartbreak, happiness, hope -- and with it all, through it all, tinged by it all, lies guilt. Guilt that one girl survived, and one didn't.

Guilt that one mother once hoped her daughter might die, to spare them all the pain of a long recovery. Guilt that one family's prayers seemed to be answered, and another's joy was cut short. Guilt that one girl is not the other, could never be the other, and yet seems to be stepping into the life that girl left behind. Jacquelyn Mitchard can write. She writes so well, in fact, that the reader is unable to step outside of the story of Maureen and Bridget once they've begun reading it.

You can feel the pain, the happiness, the sorrow. This is a story you won't soon forget -- nor will you want to. Apr 17, Rachie wong rated it liked it. It's quite in interesting book, but at the same time, its not quite moving. I do have to say that the beginning was a bore and the end was quite a delicate story. The interesting part was the beginning even though it was boring.

How two girls lost their lives, but only one survived. Only one was in a coma. The incident which took one girl's lives, split the two family apart. Maureen and Bidget. Could you have told them apart?

There is one quotation that I loved and that is on Page "We understand now in part but will understand all in time. We aren't given to understand what happened, but we need to rejoice for both of these girls, for one has gone home to god and the other has come home, like the lost lamb,to her family. No one could tell them apart besides the inside look of their teeth. I was surprised because I thought "man, when is the good part going to come in?

This is a boring book. If I were one of the mother's of course I would be disappointed if I lost my daughter, but I know that as long as the other girl is still alive, half of the other girl is still there with her. Two best friends lives in one body. The only thing I don't like about this book is how they make you wait until 'almost' the end of the book.

I also hate the part where Kitt, Bridget's mother, made fun of Maureen for being alive. Living instead of her own daughter. On Page to is how Kitt talked brutally to Maureen just because she's alive. Losing a daughter to a neighbor that lives across the streets is a heart breaking situation, but that girl, Maureen. Has one part of Bridget. Bridget is still there with her family and friends even though she went with god.

She's still watching over them. Also how Kitt wanted to hurt and blame Maureen when she did nothing wrong.

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Even though the part where she did admit she pushed her and how Maureen is still trying to get her movement back, Kitt takes the advantage of hurting her. There is also one person I like in the novel and that is Danny. He helped Maureen pass the hard times and move forward to the future.

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