E is for Elsewhere

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elsewherecoverElsewhere 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.

This year I’m participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and my theme is: My Favorite Books from A-Z

4 Comments on “E is for Elsewhere”

    1. Yea I would definitely recommend it to teens, even young teens, 12+

      I feel like death is a big part of life and kids should learn more about it and how they feel about it earlier, maybe before it impacts them directly, if possible.

  1. I also love Elsewhere and The Lovely Bones. What I find so powerful in these novels is their ability to explore the lives of those left behind. It’s so sad yet so understandable that Liz finds herself drawn to the observation deck to check on her family time after time even though it brings her pain and sets back her own journey.

    1. I know, it’s so sad, but I feel like I would do the exact same thing. How could you not, if you had the option? I imagine it being very hard to let go, as hard for those on the other side as the ones left behind.

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