Elsewhere

ElsewhereAmanda reminded me that I should be blogging some of the memorable books that I’ve been reading lately. And there have been a few, if you like Y.A.

One of the best books I have read recently has been Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin. It is about a girl who wakes up one morning and finds herself on a boat to “Elsewhere.” She finds out eventually that she has died in a car accident (days before her 16th birthday) and “Elsewhere” is where you go after one has died. Elsewhere is very much like Earth, except that you begin to age backwards in time from the time you die. So Liz (the girl’s name) finds herself struggling with the fact that she never reached her 16th birthday (let alone adulthood) and will never experience some of the important milestones one reaches as they age.

Despite the seemingly dark subject matter, the book is very funny and fun to read. Actually it is really hard to put down. Liz falls in love, finds her calling, and meets her grandmother for the first time on Elsewhere. She is able to make contact with her family and realizes that revenge is not the answer. The best part about this book is that it is VERY well written. Which I like very much.

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  2. I had a problem with the premise that God is whoever people believed Him/Her/It to be…that just cannot be true. Maybe that’s why there is no God in the book, and no personal God for Lizzie. It is a Godless afterlife, which is perhaps why reviewers like it so much, since it is more politically correct, even though it does make every cherished religion appear a lie. In this setting, if there were only reincarnation endlessly, what would happen when the earth ended? That would be the end of everything. Teens and kids like the book without even realizing what it might be doing to them.

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