Today I'm reviewing Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.
Summary from GoodReads: Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice.
Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?
This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.
Review after the jump!
Review: I feel like I’ve been in such a reading slump lately. There have been a few bright stars, but not as many as I would like. Thankfully, Elsewhere has been the brightest star. This was recommended to me by a co-worker who said that it was their favorite book and discussed that it was in the magical realism genre, which I am admittedly not a fan of. So under duress, not really, I was waiting to go to work one day and picked it up intending to skim through, and then two and a half hours later I was done reading and crying in the break room. I don’t really want to go into details about the plot because I feel as though that would take away from your enjoyment of reading it. However, the characters are So well developed, and the concept behind the story is so great that I hope it is actually what happens after we cease to be. Verdict: READ IT NOW.
Stars: 5/5 Stars…ALL THE STARS.