Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – book cover, description, publication history. “Elsewhere,” by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book. Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and. Is it possible to grow up while getting younger? Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm , with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful.

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Mar 05, Gregory Baird rated it it was ok Shelves: First read in March Reread in July Just as magical, if not more so, as the first time I read it. That such people exist here on earth is well known to all dog-lovers. Sometimes we use the phrase “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”, this type of thing is normally experienced later on in life, however, the main character in this book must deal with it in her teenage years.

The only thing she has to look forward to is growing younger, until she returns to being an infant and is sent back to Earth to be born again. Languages Italiano Edit links. She’ll never be sixteen, never have a Massachusetts driver’s license, never go to the prom or graduate from high school or go to college or get married. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again.

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She meets her idol, who turns out to eldewhere dead, like her. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However, I didn’t like that the writing style was in the present tense through-out the entire book.


The writing was clunky and description lacking in luster.

It’s a quick read, but wow — it made me appreciate my life, gahrielle family, and love. The synopsis on both Goodreads AND the back of the book itself just doesn’t do it justice. Some of the sub plots and developments in the book itself outside of the characters would make for a very gripping read for years 4th grade – 9th grade depending on the maturity level of the child; there is some mild cussing.

And then it switches to Lizzy, the main character of the book, What is there to say about Elsewhere? Owen realizes that he has developed feelings for Liz. You are commenting using your WordPress. She lives in Los Angeles. I was very happy that I read this book which is aimed at a Young Adult audience but is totally readable by any age.

The recently deceased arrive in Elsewhere as the afterlife is known with the understanding that they will be aging backwards to the point In a way, there zevinn something about Zevin’s view of the afterlife reminds me of the Florida vacations from my childhood: View all 9 comments.

Liz learns that the aging process works differently in this land of the dead: And there will be eslewhere lives for unpaid debts, for one-night stands, for Prague and for Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecisions and revisions.

And if we are sorry for her loss you should see how she feels!

Owen, Liz, and her grandmother meet Emily on her day of arrival at the ship. A rather disappointing book. Despite her new relationship with her grandmother, who died before Liz was born, Liz has a hard time adjusting to her new “life. Need to talk to someone about your problems?


That being said, it’s hard for me to rate this one Meet Liz, your typical 15 alomst 16 teenager. I can find nothing to recommend this book other than to say it was a cool idea to start with. The second attempt, however, is successful.

She finds a new friend in Owen, one of the detectives in charge of keeping the inhabitants of Elsewhere away from the Well, where contact with people on Earth is possible, but illegal. She’s upset that her best friend, Zooey, didn’t attend her funeral.

Even readers who have strong views on what happens after death may find themselves intrigued by the fascinating world of “Elsewhere,” the gabfielle year-old Liz ends up after she is killed in a bicycle accident. Liz is 15 and is a hit and run victim.

Neither Heaven or Hell. You can’t get sick or any older. Then again, many bittersweet moments pull at you. People there revert in years what in the world did I just read?!?!?!?

Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

You are commenting using your Twitter account. All babrielle, all writers construct their versions. A novel so astoundingly original and carefully crafted that its complexities become common place and the common place resounds with poetry. But she eventually finds her avocation counseling dogs who have elseshere arrived to Elsewhere and starts to make friends. I really loved this story. But, it is what it is.

But death it seems, is just as complicated as life.