Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: Elsewhere

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Goodreads Summary: 

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?

My Thoughts:

Elsewhere is the story of Liz, who after dying at the age of 15, arrives at this place and finds out that not only is she dead but also that she will age backwards until she is a baby again, and then go back to Earth to start her new life.  For someone who is 15, Liz had a lot to look forward to in life, and as expected she doesn't take the news of her death very well at first. Toss in the fact that even in death, she will not be able to live her dreams and instead will become a child again, makes the whole prospect of being dead even worse for her.

I think my most favorite part of this book was the whole concept of the "afterlife."  Now don't get me wrong, because this book is not about religion whatsoever, but it does deal with a very interesting storyline and I think Zevin's take on the whole thing is definitely the most unique that I have read so far.  It's well developed and definitely very refreshing from most other stories dealing with the same subject matter.  This book does an extremely good job of combining grief and loss with happiness and humor, and perfectly blends everything in together.  The result is one super unique story that will tear at your heart, make you smile, laugh, and leave you thinking about the story and the characters even after you have finished reading it.

As for the characters, as much as I tried not to, I couldn't help but find Liz annoying at times.  I get that she is only 15, and it's hard for her to accept everything as is, but her stubbornness and refusal to see the good aspects made her a bit annoying.  Aside from that, the story seemed a bit slow moving at times, and I found myself occasionally starting to get bored with the book.

Overall though, this was a pretty short read, with a very interesting and unique storyline that's definitely worth checking out!

Until Next Time!
~ Saptarshi


  1. Such a interesting story, it seems! Gonna add it to Goodreads, right away :) Thanks for the review.

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  3. Interesting Book and great review!Please post more book review. Thanks!


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