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? – from Goodreads.com
Oh, Elsewhere. It reminds me so much of The Lovely Bones, which is also one of my favorite books, being that it’s also narrated by a dead teenage girl. I suppose that just might be the kind of narrator that appeals to a teenage girl.
This is definitely a young adult novel, deep yet sort of fluffy, profound but also quite innocent.
Elsewhere will make you look at your life differently for a while. You’ll appreciate the small things more, you’ll hug your loved ones tighter, you’ll actually be glad that you’re getting another year older on your birthday.
I particularly appreciated Elsewhere because I am terrified of death.
It’s not something I talk about much, because the whole idea of FOREVER and THE UNKNOWN are just too big for my little brain to comprehend, and so that makes me very nervous, and my nervousness very easily turns to fear.
To say that this book made me a little less afraid, and a little more open to the idea that maybe everything will be okay in the end, is a pretty big deal.