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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Unhappy in Heaven is a work of fantasy fiction set in contemporary times, and was penned by author Leonard Herman. The plot follows teenager Naomi Silverman – known as Nomie to her friends – who is following the standard plan that life has set out for her. Privileged but also grateful, Naomi works hard for her perceived future, but a sudden tragedy sees her and many of her classmates taken from this world before their time. Whilst in Heaven, however, Nomie’s journey continues and she gets an even truer perspective on the nature of happiness, of growing up, and of making extreme adjustments in the face of what life throws at you.
Author Leonard Herman writes with heart and emotional sensitivity about an issue that constantly plagues schools around the world. When we find it so difficult to process young lives being taken away senselessly, the experience of Nomie’s journey in Heaven is one that helps to set things straight and get perspective on true happiness and what it means. The prose and narration are highly engaging and accurate to its teenage protagonist, and the wisdom that Nomie gleans from famous figures and philosophers whom she meets in the world beyond adds a new level of depth and interest to the overall message of the tale. From friendship to family, to plans and expectation management, Unhappy in Heaven is a tale highly recommended to readers of all ages and backgrounds, but especially those who need to come to terms with drastic changes in their own lives.