This is a review on Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
I found this novel by accident at my school’s library. I liked the cover, so I checked it out, even though I didn’t even read the summary. So basically I picked up a book and checked it out just because I liked the cover.
Fortunately, I liked the book a lot. It’s about a fifteen-year-old girl named Elizabeth “Liz” Marie Hall who has just died. Liz wakes up on a cruise ship and we are taken back to her past, where we learn how she died. She got hit by a taxi and was killed. She was riding her bike to the mall to help her best friend choose a prom dress, and she didn’t look both ways before she crossed the street.
Soon, Liz learns that the ship she is on is taking her to Elsewhere (the afterlife). Once arriving in Elsewhere, she meets her grandmother for the first time, who explains that in Elsewhere people age backwards. Eventually, Liz will be a newborn baby again, and she’ll reincarnate. There’s one main rule in Elsewhere: No contact with the living. You can view the living through binoculars, but you’re not allowed to interfere.
Once she adjusts, Liz gets a job helping dogs adjust to life in Elsewhere. The dead dogs remind her of her old dog, Lucy. Eventually, Liz adopts a sweet little dog named Sadie, with whom she has a nice conversation.
This book was okay. It was easy to read, short (275 pages) with an epilogue. The story was interesting, but there’s something in the book that makes me rate it 3/5 stars. I don’t know what it is, but the book deserves a 3.
Short review today, and hopefully I’ll write a review again soon!