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3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  42,549 Ratings  ·  4,620 Reviews
Welcome to Elsewhere. It is usually warm with a breeze, the sun and the stars shine brightly, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful here. And 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.
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Published October 11th 2005 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2005)
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Feb 20, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rick Riordan
Nov 07, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 10, 2017 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
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
Cait (Paper Fury)
I tried reading this in 2012 and failed miserably. In fact, I even DNF'd it which is smething I never do because closure, peoples. I like closure. SO NOW I HAVE IT. I decided to re-read this because I was sent it for review. And, well, like maybe it wasn't that bad??

HAHHAHAH ahaha ha...ha...ha. No.

It still didn't work for me.

Here Is My Eloquent 2012 Review:
I don't like to say this: but ELESWHERE was so boring and badly written I didn't finish it. I was about 3/4 through.

Here Is My Re-Tried 2016
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
Mar 24, 2008 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Cait • A Page with a View
1.5 stars. So the general idea is fun, but the actual story turned out to be pretty boring, weird, cheesy, and poorly written. Not that awesome.

I REALLY LIKED THE EPILOGUE! :) But a paragraph does not redeem a whole book.
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
Mar 31, 2014 Ameriie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First read in March 2014
Reread in July 2016

Just as magical, if not more so, as the first time I read it. Probably a novel I will reread every few years or so.
Mar 21, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9th-grade
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
Scott  Hitchcock
Oct 22, 2016 Scott Hitchcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, spiritual
Story of an alternate afterlife as experience from the point of view of a 16 year old girl. Although certain aspects of the story I could poke holes in for inconsistencies overall it was very good. It elicited emotion from me, in this case sadness, and if a book can do that the author is doing his/her job. As a parent it's probably different than a teen reading it.
Feb 14, 2009 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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
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
Aug 07, 2007 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie Hope 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
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
Dec 10, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Mar 05, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
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.
For instance, when you re
Apr 26, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers
Recommended to Darlene by: Yvensong
I was going to give this book four stars because the author uses the trick of present tense writing. Most of the time, I hate that method. Sometimes on an action-packed story it works but even then I find it tiring. But the five stars are restored because I just felt it was such a precious story.

It moves slowly at first. But after you get to know who she, Liz Hall, is and where she is you start to feel more for the whole tale.

Poor Liz Hall killed in a hit and run when she was almost 16 years ol
Sep 28, 2007 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2011 McKenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
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.
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
Mar 13, 2012 Rozalia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It is very rare for me to give a book less than three or four stars...I was very disappointed in this book, it was definitely a book that I was hoping to enjoy.

Elsewhere is about a fifteen year-old girl named Liz who is hit by a taxi and dies. Liz wakes up on a ship and can't remember what happened. Basically, this is a portrayal of the "afterlife". I felt that this wasn't developed very well and that Liz wasn't a likeable character, she was rude and self-centered. I was confused by the rules i
Jan 21, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Rebecca McNutt
This book was like Audrey Rose + The Lovely Bones, and was incredibly well-written and vivid. Liz is a likeable character and I really love how the author gives us perspectives from everyone who knew her, from the family dog to her grief-stricken brother.
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Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times Best Selling author of eight novels. For adults: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014), The Hole We’re In (2010), and Margarettown (2005). For young adults: Elsewhere (2005), Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2007), and the three books in the Anya Balanchine series, All These Things I’ve Done (2011), Because It Is My Blood (2012), and In the Age of Love and Choco ...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.”
“But I believe good things happen everyday. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that's life, isn't it?” 266 likes
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