DATE PUBLISHED: 09th September 2005
Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?
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.
For a book with such a tragic beginning, this is truly a beautiful story. With a unique take on reincarnation the book follows the story of Liz who is fifteen when she dies in a hit and run. Liz makes it to Elsewhere where she will age backwards.
Liz must come to grips with her grief over her short life and what she will do now she is in Elsewhere. The message that it is not the length of a life but the quality of one that matters is one that really hits home. Liz is a relatable character who must overcome truly tragic circumstances.
Overall, this is a stunning book with a truly interesting concept and a beautiful message. The story flows well and I was entranced by Liz’s journey through Elsewhere. This is a book you just have to read. It is one take on the question of what happens after death.
Keep Calm and Read On,