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Elsewhere

Zevin, Gabrielle

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Elsewhere
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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? 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
ISBN: 0374320918
9780312367466
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION ZEVIN...G
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm

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Have you ever used those funny-looking binocular machines on an observation deck, maybe on top of a mountain or bridge, where you can put in a quarter and peek at the landscape below? Well, imagine a sad teenage girl standing on an observation deck, a girl who will never get her driver's license, or go to prom, or college. Instead, she keeps peering through that machine to look down at the world she left behind when she died. She might be dead, but her life's not really over. In fact, it's just about the opposite of what you might expect. Meet that girl, Liz, and follow her to the end of a surprisingly uplifting story.

I did not enjoy this Novel, It was hard to follow and it did not appeal to my whole book club, I wouldn't read it again for 10 000 000 dollars.

WOW. Elsewhere brings forth that concept humans are always thinking and wondering about-death- and makes it real and alive. At first, you see a death story. By the end, it's a whole new world. Phenomenal author, too. One of my favourite books, I have to say. Looking for a good read? Look no further than Elsewhere.

Nov 02, 2012
  • angiem99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book so much! I read it in french but it was still so good!!! The story was so creative and sometimes i really wonder if elsewhere really does exist?

Aug 11, 2012
  • rainydaysOwO rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was a great read. It gives an interesting idea of the afterlife.

Aug 11, 2012
  • JennyX rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book. It mixes in emotion with a parallel universe, where souls go after death. There's no heaven, no hell. Just a normal "life", but where people grow younger and younger until they are babies, then sent to the real world again. The plot was consistent, which made it believable. I highly recommend this book, especially if a loved one has recently passed away.

Jul 06, 2012
  • Perenelle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

So interesting, a new take on life and death and whethere there really is a difference between them.

Jun 24, 2012
  • Orange_Tiger_12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book gives life another twist and skillfully crafts a world of acceptance.

i haven't read this book but it sounds to me like "the Everafter" of Amy Huntley...hmmmpf got curious so im gonna read this Elsewhere,hope this one kinda as good as The Everafter..^^

May 07, 2012
  • dorothyrocks888 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i really enjoyed reading this book because
(1) it was awesome
2 it makes me look forward to dying (just kidding) but how she describes elsewhere is cool
3 why wouldn't i enjoy this book?
4 it's funny
5 this book really is AMAZING and you really really really must read it
:)

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May 27, 2013
  • pigs_will_fly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

CONTINUED 'What's she saying?' Betty asks Liz. 'Sadie says she's named after some Beatles song," Liz translates. 'Oh sure, I know that song.' Betty sings, " ' Sexy Sadie, what have you done?" Or something like that, right?" 'That's the song!' Sadie says. 'That's exactly it!' She places a paw on Betty's shoulder. "Betty you're a genius!' Sadie barks a few bars of the song. Liz laughs again, a pretty, twinkly laugh. 'What a lovely laugh you have, Liz,' Betty says. 'I'm not sure I've ever heard it before.' "

May 27, 2013
  • pigs_will_fly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" When Liz leaves work that night, Sadie follows her to Betty's car. 'Who's this?' Betty asks. 'This is Sadie,' Liz says. And then she lowers her voice. 'Is it all right?' Sadie looks expectantly at Betty. Betty smiles. 'Seems like Sadie's already made up her mind' Sadie licks Betty's face. 'Oy! Welcome to the family, Sadie. I'm Betty.' 'Hi, Betty!' Sadie hops into the backseat. 'Did I tell you that I was named for a Beatles song? My full name's Sexy Sadie, actually, but you don't have to call me Sexy unless you want to. I mean, it's a little presumptuous, don't you think?' CONTINUED

Jun 24, 2012
  • Orange_Tiger_12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Happiness is a choice"

Aug 06, 2009
  • Angtho rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"By the way, you do speak Canine don't you?"
"Canine?" asks Liz. "What's Canine?"
"Canine is the language of dogs. Dear me, you don't mean to say that they still aren't teaching it in Earth schools?" Aldous seems truly horrified at the possibility.
Liz shakes her head.
"A pity," says Aldous, "as Canine is one of our most beautiful languages. Did you know that there are over three hundred words for 'love' in Canine?"
Liz thinks of her sweet Lucy back on Earth. "I believe it," Liz says.”

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Jul 06, 2012
  • Perenelle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Liz Hall is 15, but she dies, hit by a car. She wakes up later in a boat, the SS Nile, which takes her to another place, or Elsewhere. There she finds her grandmother, who died 16 years earlier. She learns that there she will age backwards from 15, until she is a baby again and is sent to Earth to begin a new life. Liz learns to let go of her life on Earth and enjoy the time she has in Elsewhere.

May 06, 2011
  • unreg_86906102 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A teen dies and finds herself on a boat travelling to an unknown shore and a new "life".

Elsewhere is where 15-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.

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May 06, 2011
  • unreg_86906102 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: a bit

Jul 13, 2010
  • Laura Chau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Also a few disturbing words.

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