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Elsewhere Hardcover – August 11, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st, First Edition edition (September 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374320918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374320911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
It's been a really long time since I've read a YA book with such a refreshing premise--no vampires, complicated love triangles, or anything remotely Hunger Games-esque here! Now, Elsewhere was published way before the current of "trendy" YA fiction began to flow, which stresses its originality, and its purpose on bookshelves today.

I love the take on reincarnation that's detailed--it's fascinating, imaginative, and immersed me completely from page one! Zevin is also highly accomplished at creating relatable, completely memorable characters. The limited third-person point of view makes Liz rather distant, but she's still easy to appreciate. She's as neurotic and elaborate as any adolescent is: impressively mature at times, but frustratingly childish at others. I feel she's a bit naïve for a nearly-sixteen-year-old; don't get me wrong: her characterization is amazing, but her superficial portrayal is a little contradicting at times. As a teenage girl, though, she is perfectly accurate. Zevin couldn't have depicted the conflicting feelings and angsts of the modern teenager any better.

Elsewhere is a feel-good novel that keeps you tense and uneasy while reading, but leaves you both breathless and sighing in relief by the turn of the last page. It offers brilliant perspective on experiencing things to the fullest and never underestimating those around you who love you. Through Liz's journey in Elsewhere, spending her life in reverse, I learned that life isn't measured in hours and minutes; it's the quality that matters, not the length. And we, as people, grow with those experiences, not with age.

Young adults will devour this book, and better yet, parents will approve of it because of its tasteful, positive portrayal of life's decisions and values.
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Format: Hardcover
I believe this to be

one of the best books I have ever read.

I absolutely loved this book.

Lizzie is killed in a hit and run accident and Elsewhere is the story of

her ' afterlife '. I don't wish to write any more than that because this

book is an absolute must- read. To tell more of the story would be to

spoil a book that will really challenge your beliefs and perspective

about life after death. No-one really knows what happens after death.

Each reader will bring their own personal philosophy to Zevin's story,

but what became apparent as I progressed through the book was that if

life after death was like the Elsewhere of the story, human beings would

fear death less and learn to appreciate wherever they are in their stage

of development in-life and after-life.

Zevin has taken such an everyday concept, turned it on its head and

written what can only be described as a convincing believable story

about where we go and what happens to everyone when they die.

The tone is hopeful, the prose realistic and beautiful. The ending is

utterly perfect. The story is infused with life lessons and gentle

morals without being sanctimonious in the least. In some ways I find it

hard to say all that I really feel about this book, that my words will

not do justice to the story.

Zevin has left no stone unturned. Her tale covers: what happens to

animals, how you progress to the ' afterlife,' how you make contact with

life on earth, and how you become reborn, amongst many other questions

people have about ' what happens when you die ?'.
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Format: Hardcover
I went to the book store the other day, and I was picking and choosing my way through the YA section when this one caught my eye. Glancing at the cover, it didn't look too much different from the others on the New Reads shelf, but one glance inside and I realized how special this book is.

Right in the store, I read the first few pages, making sure it wasn't another frothy, badly written popularity-and-such book. And it wasn't. I practically threw away the book I had specifically come to buy, and spent the entire night reading this instead. As someone else has already mentioned, I started crying near the end, and continued to do so for about ten minutes afterward. This book touches a nerve somewhere deep down, where we all wonder about death, life, and love. (And in case you're wondering, I've only cried at one book before, and no movies ever, so this is a big deal) This book is unassuming at first glance, but reading it made me think about the big things that I think we all wonder about, the things that book should be about. I am pleased that somebody still knows that YA books don't have to be trashy-teen-movie style. Read this book, it's fabulous.
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Format: Hardcover
Liz Hall wakes up dead one morning. That's definitely not the way to start off the day.

At first, she thinks it's all a dream, but then she remembers being hit by a car. The realization sets in that she'll never fall in love, never get her driver's license, and never see her family again. She spends her days on the observation deck where passengers can peek into the lives of their loved ones still alive. It takes Liz's dead grandmother to show Liz that death is worth living and that it's possible to have all the things she thought she'd lost even if she's going to have to live her life backwards.

A great young adult and older story about living life (or death) to the fullest.
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