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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 ha
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Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Square Fish (first published January 1st 2005)
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Kim
Sep 14, 2009 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kim by: Me
You know what sucks?

When you get 53 (YES, FIFTY THREE) pages into a book and realize that you've read it before. That blows.

You know what doesn't suck?

You really like said book. I mean, it's been a good 8 months, and I was still hazy about the plot throughout the whole book, but it's SUCH a good story that I didn't mind kinda knowing the plot.

Liz is 15 and is a hit and run victim. She wakes up on the S.S. Nile (cute, huh?) and it takes her a bit but she finds out she's died and then ends up in...more
Tatiana
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 comi...more
Gregory Baird
Maybe if I were still thirteen I would think differently, but Elsewhere reads 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 par...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Stories 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 LOVE...more
Melanie
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 anymore? 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.
Ashley
ISBN: 0374320918
Elsewhere 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...more
Rick Riordan
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.
Tapestrymlp
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 an...more
April
Awesome. I love creative renditions of the afterlife, and seeing into the writer's imagination. This was a very whimsical, fascinating take on death and life - I loved the image of the tree: that life and death are like the roots and branches of a tree - neither can see the other, but they are both alive and connected. I loved the message that life after death is still real life, and that things move on, you keep growing, working and building relationships. The characters were great, especially...more
Scott
What is there to say about Elsewhere? Give me a second and I'll come up with it. Oh, it has a promising premise. It is at times heartbreaking and funny. Mostly it is disappointing. I'd heard good things about this book from another blog I read constantly, it was a YA book, and I couldn't wait to read it. The prologue is amazing, a funny, little dog running around trying to deal with her owners death. Hilarious and strangely touching. And then it switches to Lizzy, the main character of the book,...more
Jennie
Liz is more than confused when she wakes up one morning to find herself on a cruise ship with a girl she’s never met before in the top bunk. But then she starts to remember being hit by a car as she rode her bike to the mall and eventually is brought up to the observation deck to watch her own funeral.

The boat eventually lands in Elsewhere, where dead people get a day younger every day until they are taken down the river back to Earth to be reborn. In Elsewhere, Liz meets up with the grandmother...more
Katherine
I really enjoyed the premise of the book. However, I didn't like that the writing style was in the present tense through-out the entire book. I thought the characters weren't developed enough and felt very flat to me. Each character had the same manner of speaking and same sense of humor, so they all were basically the same characters but with different names or genders and different backgrounds. But then again, I'm an adult reader and well aware that the book was intended for young-adults. In a...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
calm and thoughtful
funny, unpredictable, stand-out original

*be happy now -- don't wait until you're grown-up, or done with college, or the kids move out
*know who you are
*think, think, think
*look both ways before crossing the street

i can see why reader-teens rave about this one, because it asks awesome, deep questions about life in a thoroughly roundabout way

that's a snowglobe on the cover, not a crystal ball, by the way. i didn't pick this up for awhile because somehow i thought there were seanc...more
Susan
In a way, there is something about Zevin's view of the afterlife reminds me of the Florida vacations from my childhood: a leisurely drive through one sunny, pleasant day after another. If that was all there was to it, I probably wouldn't recommend this book so highly, but Zevin's story of a girl's growth after her own mortal life ends is anything but simple. The recently deceased arrive in Elsewhere (as the afterlife is known) with the understanding that they will be aging backwards to the point...more
Kristy
what in the world did I just read?!?!?!? This book gets bonus points for creativity and originality. My Head feels like it's about to explode...

Anywho: Meet Liz, your typical 15 (alomst 16) teenager. School, social-life, family... then one day *BAM* she dies. Gets hit by a taxi and winds up in Elsewhere. What is Elsewhere, you ask??? It is apparantly here nor there. It is a place everyone goes when they die. No, it is not heaven. No, it is not hell. It is Elsewhere. People there revert in years...more
Rozalia
Ok so, I don't know where to start.
First of all, dear Gabrielle Zevin, if you write a book about the afterlife and you don't even CARE or BELIEVE in the afterlife, WHY WOULD YOU EVEN INVENT A PLACE CALLED ELSEWEHERE AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN IT? When you write a book, it has to be fucking believable. And the fact that Zevin was just like "Oh ok, I like dogs, let's write a book about Elsewhere with lots of dogs and dead people in it" just really pisses me off.

Now that I got this off my mind, let's ge...more
Casey
I read this because my little sister told me I had to. I am easily influenced.

First, I was completely and totally infuriated by this book because rotting away on my computer is a story I started about a guy who dies and ends up in a heaven that looks a lot like earth, and he discovers that God basically has no control over anything (He feels really bad about it, but just sort of wishes everyone would leave him alone). Well, there are parts of Elsewhere that are eerily similar to my writing. Oh...more
Carrie Fletcher
“Sorry, but nothing of much importance ever happened to me…I'm just a girl who forgot to look both ways before she crossed the street.” When Liz is killed in a hit-and-run accident her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. but in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on Earth except that the inhabitants get younger, new relationships are formed and old ones, which had been sadly...more
oliviasbooks
Unpurposely re-read. Well, I got this book back from a friend and just wanted to look at a certain passage quite at the beginning. And ... whoosh, I skipped breakfeast and ended up spending the free morning on the couch. I personally do not favour the concept of reincarnation or soul-recycling after death, but this novel, which follows 15-year-old Liz after a fatal accident to "Elsewhere", where she lives her afterlife with her now young grandmother for 15 years until she is a seven-days-old inf...more
Lisa
This book was God awful. I suppose it is meant to be a "Lovely Bones" of sorts for the teenage set, but either Ms. Zevin is a teenager herself who never took a writing class OR she never met an actual teenager in the flesh. The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes (15 year-old main character Liz is an angst-ridden, moody, whiner who has a habit of saying "Um" and "I guess"), the dialogue is bland at best and completely unrealistic (NO ONE TALKS LIKE THIS!) and although the book is sprinkle...more
Amanda
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This book is one of my favorite books. Although it is not a very challenging read, it kept me reading throughout each chapter, until I had finished it in only a couple of hours! It expresses many themes such as death, afterlife, teenage problems, insecurity, relationships, and much more. But instead of using these themes in a cliche sort of story, Gabrielle Zevin looks on the issues in a new light, and goes places other authors would have never thought of going.
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For instance, when you re...more
Kwoomac
I really loved the premise for this story but was less pleased with the execution. The protag, 15 year old Liz dies in a hit and run accident while riding her bike. She ends up in a place called Elsewhere. It's not really heaven or hell. You kind of just keep on living your life but with a few changes. First of all, it's where all dead people go so you are reunited with friends and relatives who've dies before you. Second, time no longer moves forward. Instead, everyone becomes younger until as...more
McKenna
This book was amazing! It was one of my all time favorite books. Elsewhere tells the story of a fifteen year old girl, Elizabeth Hall, who is hit and killed in a bicycle accident and wakes up to find herself traveling on a ship called the SS Nile. She meets a girl who had been shot in the head and a famous musician who had died of a drug overdose. After watching her own funeral, Liz realizes that she is truly dead and it isn't a dream. Soon afterwards, she and the other passengers arrive in wha...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I really enjoyed this book. Though it was quite juvenile in some ways, such as the way it was written, it was still a really good, easy and quick read. Although I'd usually find factors such as talking animals to be childish and annoying, I actually thought that the dogs really added to the emotion in this book and made it quite effective. I loved the characters and felt that they had good personalities to them. Though he only made very brief appearances, I loved Aldous. This book is also quite...more
Jessica
This is an inventive book. Essentially it's a look at the afterlife, through the eyes of young girl who dies and then has to come to terms with that in Elsewhere, which is a clever combination of a Christian heaven and reincarnation. This is the book that I think a lot of people were hoping The Lovely Bones would be, but Zevin's writing is far better and her world flawless.
Nicole Malvarosa
I thought this book was very well written, and the topic was very interesting, because of Zevin's perspective of one of the possibilities of life after death. I really liked the main character Lizzie, because I could relate well to her personality and her thoughts and feelings. As much as I liked this book, it was kind of predictable, which was a draw back. I thought one of Zevin's strengths was her character development, which was well executed. One of her weaknesses was spending too much time...more
Stray
Book Name: Elsewhere
Author/s: Gabrielle Zevin
Language English
Original Title: Elsewhere
Publisher, year: Bloomsbury, 2006
Page total: 288
Date Read: June 18-19
Genre/s: YA, fiction, paranormal
First line of Book:"'The end came quickly, and there wasn't any pain'"
Review: Liz is 15. Liz is dead. Liz is in Elsewhere?
Liz was killed on a hit-and-run accident, when she was riding her bike. She then went to Elsewhere, aka up there. She meets her grandmother, who died before she was even born, at the age of...more
Filip
Co vlastně následuje po smrti? Nebe? Peklo? Temnota a ticho? Ani jedno z toho. Po smrti následuje další život. Život, který se žije zde, na Zemi. Ovšem, má to jednu takovou zásadní odlišnost. V tomto světě nestárnete, ale mládnete. Jinde je místo, které nahrazuje nebe a peklo. Je to místo, kde přečkáváte svůj posmrtný život, abyste se mohli opět narodit a žít. Smrtí život nekončí. Život jako celek totiž nekončí nikdy.

Za pár dní mělo být Elizabeth patnáct. Než své narozeniny ale stihla oslavit,...more
Ellen
Feb 02, 2008 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA readers, 11 and up
Oh, to be thirteen again, if only long enough to be able to read this book with fresh eyes. It would certainly have been a favorite, with its blend of teenage angst, magical realism, and humor. Gabrielle Zevin has a pitch-perfect understanding of her audience.

After fifteen year-old Liz is killed in hit and run accident, she finds herself on a boat to Elsewhere. Though she faces difficulty in acclimating, she meets a host of colorful characters who help, including the maternal grandmother she nev...more
Emma
This book just like all teenage-girl books: it's about a girl who has problems (in varying degrees of difficulty) with school, her friends, her family, boys - but it's got an interesting twist. Liz is almost 16 years old when the book begins, but she's dead. The book takes place in Elsewhere - the place where you go when you die. Elsewhere is a lot like Earth, but with some interesting twists, the biggest of which is that everyone ages backwards, from the age they were when they died to infancy,...more
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Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scra...more
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“There will be other lives.
There will be other lives for nervous boys with sweaty palms, for bittersweet fumblings in the backseats of cars, for caps and gowns in royal blue and crimson, for mothers clasping pretty pearl necklaces around daughters' unlined necks, for your full name read aloud in an auditorium, for brand-new suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands.
And there will be other lives for unpaid debts, for one-night stands, for Prague and Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecision and revisions.
And there will be other lives for fathers walking daughters down aisles.
And there will be other lives for sweet babies with skin like milk.
And there will be other lives for a man you don't recognize, for a face in a mirror that is no longer yours, for the funerals of intimates, for shrinking, for teeth that fall out, for hair on your chin, for forgetting everything. Everything.
Oh, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that's not how it works. A human's life is a beautiful mess.”
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