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 fifteenyearold 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 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. 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 Elsewhere I think Elsewhere could be whatever your spiritual affiliation wants it to be Limbo, Heaven, squatting at St Pete's doorstep, a Quentin Tarantino filmfest.whatever Here's the kicker. in Elsewhere you age backwards until you're a baby again and then you're returned to Earth The ultimate in recycling, huh? Now, don't you think that that is a total rip off? I mean, okay you're just starting to feel out who you are and then you die and everything goes in reverse So, you hardly have time to define yourself and by the time you're 21, you're really nine WTF? Gabrielle Zevin does a wonderful job with this plot, the characters you meet are well developed and the story made me start crying on public transportation The last three chapters racking sobs, I tell you Even the second time around My one peeve is the clumsy use of present tense structure It may be just me, let me rephrase that it probably isn't clumsy, but it distracted me from the narrative and once I noticed that distraction it was hard to avoid.Okay, I have to share this this is when the eyes started to tear and the lips started to tremble: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 brandnew suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands And there will be other lives for unpaid debts, for onenight stands, for Prague and for Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecisions and revisions.And none of that stuff made me weepy or sentimental when it happened to me, but you bet I'll be thinking like this when my daughter hits that age So, if I forget that I read this, please don't remind me I wouldn't mind another go around. Fascinating, a wellimagined, wellwritten YA novel A fifteenyearold 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 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 35year old man (in a body of a 17old boy) fall in love with a 15year old girl There are talking dogs and mermaids, and Elsewhere itself is a rather boring utopialike 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 10year olds (to spark that conversation about afterlife), but as a young adult novel it falls short.Reading challenge: #15.