Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book Review: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: YA
Subject: Loss, Grief
Publisher: Square Fish
Release date: May, 2007
Length: 277 pages
I got this book: From the library

From Goodreads:
"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 practice. 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? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned."

Personal opinion:
I really liked this book. It touches on a difficult subject in a very original way. It was easy for me to feel for Liz since her emotions are so understandable. Her denial, her frustrations, her grief and finally acceptance. It somehow felt comforting to believe that there is such a place as Elsewhere and to know that the person who crossed over is also going through the same emotions as the ones that are left behind. To me it feels totally believable if there would be a place like this. It is easy to accept as the truth. It felt like this book has a bit of Magical Realism, which I really like in a book. Of course the book also has some predictable things going on, but in spite of that the book felt refreshing. I enjoyed reading this very much :)

I really liked it!

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