Fascinating, a well imagined, well written YA novel A fifteen year old girl dies and finds herself in Elsewhere, where the deceased age backwards until they become babies and return to the Earth for their next lives It s a quick read, but wow it made me appreciate my life, my family, and love The potentially heavy subject matter is counterbalanced with some great humor Highly recommended. Maybe if I were still thirteen I would think differently, butElsewherereads like a Hallmark movie of the week It s sappy and hopelessly predictable While Zevin s depiction of the afterlife is kind of creative, it s mostly confounding turns out death is just as routine and dull as everyday life except that dogs talk Her jokes either fall flat or induce a lengthy groan, but are never really amusing And while Zevin can occasionally turn a phrase in an interesting way, for the most part her prose is awkward and downright clunky Although she tries to be very quiet, she loses her grip on the last drawer and it slams shut This has the unfortunate effect of waking the sleeping girl again Man, I hate when a drawer slams shut because I lost my grip on it In the end,Elsewherefalls very flat. A rather disappointing book Having read and liked Zevin s Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, I expected Elsewhere to be a book of the same high quality No luck Elsewhere is not strictly a bad book It raises an always interesting question what happens when you die In the book you move to Elsewhere where you age back instead of getting older you get younger while growing up mentally, until you become a baby and then you are sent back to earth to live another life The book is about coming to terms with your death, about enjoying your life no matter what strange form it is in Yes, the book has plenty of great ideas, but they are wrapped up in a very dull and childish plot with a lot of teenage whining Even the romance rings false you basically have a 35 year old man in a body of a 17 old boy fall in love with a 15 year old girl There are talking dogs and mermaids, and Elsewhere itself is a rather boring utopia like place Ultimately the story is just extremely juvenile I think if you take out references of sexuality from Elsewhere it will make a great read for 10 year olds to spark that conversation about afterlife , but as a young adult novel it falls short.Reading challenge 15. Firstly I have to admit I read this because I needed an author whose name started with z for a challenge This demonstrates clearly how good challenges can be for getting us to read books we might never otherwise come across 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 story takes place in the afterlife, which is a place called Elsewhere As a reader you need to suspend belief at this stage because the whole theory behind this place is totally lacking in logic, particularly the bits about babies and talking dogs So put facts aside and just enjoy the fun I liked the characters, the world building just ignore the bits that obviously do not work and the story The author writes well and delivers some quite emotional moments Worth a read as long as you do not try to credit it withdepth than it actually has. Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.comStories about the Afterlife have always appealed to me There are thousands upon thousands of interpretations out there about what, exactly, happens to a person after they die ELSEWHERE is a new spin on an old topic, but it manages to bring emotion, realism, and entertainment to something that is, in most circumstances, a very depressing situation To me, ELSEWHERE is a combination of Mitch Albom s THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN and Alice Sebold s THE LOVELY BONES, two other wonderful books dealing with death and the Afterlife ELSEWHERE goes beyond those two books, however, taking readers on a journey into a land so much like Earth, and yet so very, very different Fifteen year old Elizabeth Liz Lizzie Marie Hall has found herself in ELSEWHERE after dying in a bicycle meets taxi accident After taking a long ride on the SS Nile, Liz has finally realized that she s not in a dream after all, but really, truly dead When she arrives on Elsewhere, she meets her maternal grandmother, Betty, for the very first time A woman who died at fifty from breast cancer, Betty is now a woman in her thirties one of the first surprises Liz is in for is the fact that, on Elsewhere, lives are lived backward from the age of a person s death Needless to say, this thought depresses Liz 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 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 Liz spends her first month on Elsewhere spending all of her time and her grandmother s eternims, the currency used there to watch her family, friends, and classmates back on Earth She s soon a regular at the OD s, or Observation Decks, watching life on Earth pass her by She s upset that her best friend, Zooey, didn t attend her funeral Her parents are inconsolable, her younger brother, Alvy, tells jokes to get through the day, and her dog, Lucy, refuses to accept that Liz isn t coming back It takes awhile, but Liz finally realizes that spending hours upon hours at the OD s is not helping her adjust to life on Elsewhere 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 once again befriends Thandi, a young girl killed on Earth by a stray bullet, who was her bunkmate on the SS Nile She gets closer to grandmother Betty, finally takes a job in the Division of Domestic Animals helping recently departed pets find new owners, and seems to be finding a place on Elsewhere I really loved this story One of the most delightful things in ELSEWHERE is the animals, especially the dogs Liz, a natural at the language of Canine, is able to interpret for her four legged friends, and finally understand everything they have to say I can t truly imagine aging backwards, but Gabrielle Zevin has managed to make a truly believable story that is realistic, entertaining, and emotional, all at the same time This is definitely a recommended read, and in all honesty, I would love to visit the land of Elsewhere again in the future. The whole relationship if you can even call it that between Liz and Owen frustrated me How could Owen s marriage have been so happy if after only two weeks of being reunited with his wife he didn t want her any Argh The story moves quickly from one event to the next without setting anything up or wrapping anything up It is hard to care about the characters or events this way. What is the story Elsewhere is an idea spun into a book and then left floundering as the author seeks to fill pages There is no story here no cohesive plot that moves the thing forward The main character, Lizzy, dies at fifteen and is transported to Elsewhere, a land where all people who die go In Elsewhere you live just like on Earth, only you age backward Cool concept and idea and there are so many avenues the author could have taken this Instead she enumerates on her world a little and that is about it Lizzy is not a likeable character and comes across as a whiny brat that is so self involved And YET almost everyone still loves her and heck falls in love with her Lizzy is the worst kind of Mary sue, petulant and self involved, the center of the world and all around amazing OMG wonderful gee I ll put up with her crap cause she s so awesome gal Ugh The writing was clunky and description lacking in luster I can find nothing to recommend this book other than to say it was a cool idea to start with. First read in March 2014Reread in July 2016Just as magical, if notso, as the first time I read it Probably a novel I will reread every few years or so. 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 PracticeElsewhere 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 ISBN 0374320918Elsewhere by Gabriel Zevin Do you want to see the latest Picasso paintings Well you just spring by his gallery and see his new paintings Maybe you can say hey to Marilyn Monroe at her psychiatric center Well if you want to do all that you d take a cruise there But of course there s a catch to it all, and Liz Hall knows all about that because under her circumstances she can do all of that because she s a fifteen year old girl and she s dead The curious adventurous Liz Hall is just fifteen years old girl She doesn t even have her official drivers license She s now in a place called Elsewhere which is the afterlife She was hit by a taxicab on her way to the mall to pick up a prom dress that she s not even going to for her friend Zoey How messed up is that Liz hall is wanting and yearning to just go home and pretend that it s jut a dream that nothing actually happened, but instead of getting her drivers license at sixteen she s going to get it at a younger age of fifteen, because in Elsewhere time goes backwards Instead of getting older you re actually going to get younger until you re a baby and get shipped back to earth Speechless and overwhelmed the book jumped out, with it s interesting cover and title I recommend this riveting spectacular novel Elsewhere because of it s realisticness and fast pace read Gabrelle Zevin leaves you hanging wanting you to readanduntil you finish the book satisfied I loved Elsewhere it kept me guessing, I could relate to Liz Hall so much, except for the whole death part, of course.