Book Reviews of Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Author: Fannie Flagg
ISBN-13: 9780345494887
ISBN-10: 0345494881
Publication Date: 6/19/2007
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 196 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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A feel good book makes you laugh out loud at times.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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If you have read any of Ms. Flagg's books, you will know she writes about quirky people and two of her previous books took place in Elmwood Springs and this one continues the thread. You might say it is sort of a sequel to "Standing in the Rainbow" and "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl."

I really enjoyed this book. Here we have Elner, a widow who is determined to remain independent and free as long as she can despite her niece-in-law thinking she needs to be in a care facility. Elner has a wonderful, generous if kind of odd spirit. She decides to pick some figs for a friend and when she climbs her ladder, accidentally hitting a wasp nest, well, she comes tumbling down and is stung by the angry wasps. She is rushed to the hospital but is pronounced dead.
Next we have Elner going to Heaven and seeing her sister and old friends but most of all, she does not feel any pains like her knee which was sore lots of times. The town is notified of her death and wheels are set in motion for her funeral. But something happens and things are turned upside down.

Ms. Flagg writes a delightful story and her style makes you feel like you are there. I easily got caught up and found myself having read the book in two days. Highly recommended for those who love a good old fashioned story with a few twists and some odd characters thrown in for some laughs! I certainly hope she writes some more about Elner, Dorothy and the town of Elmwood Springs.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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This is such a good story about an town full of people that could be anyones neighbor. It had me laughing and crying throughout the book.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Sweet little story about what happened after Elner Shimfissle accidentally poked the wasps' nest in her fig tree. The tale meanders through a small Southern town and through the lives of its residents, today, yesterday, and tomorrow, and winds up in a totally satisfactory read.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Taking readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, Fannie Flagg produces ( for me!) the best of her novels yet. It's the story of Elner Simfissle, an elderly lady, who is quite extraordinary. The book is a combination of comedy and mystery and takes its readers along with it on a journey, all about life and death and the road inbetween.

Loved this book!
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This is a fun, easy read with a sweet message as well. I loved this book and went on to read others by this author because of reading this one.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Fannie Flagg does it again. This story was inspiring and uplifting and made me feel better as I read each page.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Love this book. I'm reading it for a second time, which I rarely do.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Avery good story. I had read it before, liked it so much I picked it up and read it again.
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This book was a great "feel good" book. The characters and story were both great!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This funny story makes the reader wish more than ever to live life in the now! I love Elner, the main character, and Fannie Flagg's voice is comical and vivid.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Loved the book so much I may read it again, something I never do.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Fannie Flagg, for those of you out there that remember her, is as funny on paper as she is in life. This book is really funny. It isn't how I imagine Heaven, but I like that it is just what Elner Shimfissle needs.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Delightful and a quick read. Makes you long for simpler times and simple sweetness in people. A wonderful read.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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I haven't laughed out loud while reading a book for some time. Of course, I usually read more serious things, so.... But, I have to say I really enjoyed this book and I did laugh out loud several times. It was Fannie Flagg, who could resist her? And, I loved Fried Green Tomatoes From the Whistle-Stop Cafe, so it was an easy choice to make. Totally different from Fried Green Tomatoes, but so entertaining. An easy read. Try this one, you'll love it and if you don't, it won't take you that long to read it anyway!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Enjoyed this story a great deal. It really makes you think about how your life touches others and you may not be aware of it. The cast of characters was fun as were the recipes at the end.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Have you read other Fannie Flagg books? They are a pleasure & draw the reader into a mid-Western town, in this case, brimming w/a variety of people, jobs, habits, etc. The main character, an elderly, very independent woman is well known to all as a friendly, helpful person, ready to help any & everyone.
You'll meet her neighbors, her niece, the woman reporter at the local newspaper office and many others along the way. Everything has happened for a reason in the elderly woman's life but she feels it is time to be in the bliss of heaven. The humanity and humor make this novel one you will remember!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A book about how an elderly woman who knows the meaning of unconditional love effects the lives of those she knows. Loved this book.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Unfortunately, this book was a letdown. I kept reading with hopes it would improve, but it did not. The characters are southern one dimensional and the story line provides too little substance to keep my attention.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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I haven't liked any of Flagg's books since Fried Green Tomatoes, which I thought was brilliant. Can't Wait is much lighter fare, but it's an upper, with some good giggles. It's sweet and life affirming--an easy, fun read.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Excellent book! The characters are wonderful, and the books makes you feel happy and hopeful.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Another great book by Fannie Flagg. You just fall in love with her characters, who are usually funny, small town folks. Her books always make me feel good. Another funny, fast paced, enjoyable read.
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Good read
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I very much enjoyed this book!!! It was laugh out loud funny, yet thought provoking!!!!
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Interesting concept. Makes you really wonder what is in store for all of us.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Fannie Flagg is on of my favorites and this book does not disappoint. It's full of her wacky characters and hilarious situations. Her take on God is quite unusual and while I don't agree with it, the reading of it was quite entertaining. A real feel good book.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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If your looking for a lighthearted read - this is it! Fannie Flagg does it again with Can't Wait to Get to Heaven. Full of fun, characters most of us can relate to in one way or the other - very real & full of Southern charm.
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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I have liked every Fannie Flagg book I've read and this is no exception. Light-hearted fun!
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Funny & charming, a feel good story to the simple joys of life. A delightful comedy-mystery.