by Gabrielle Zevin
48 hour book challenge, book 2!
After fifteen year old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live".
Gabrielle Zevin is one of those authors who really blur the line between fairy tale and reality. In books such as Margarettown and Elsewhere, Gabrielle tells stories that are both familiar and unbelievable. In Elsewhere specifically, she chronicles the journey of a young girl who dies suddenly in a hit and run. Liz finds herself in a place called Elsewhere, which is exactly like earth except no one dies or gets sick and ages backward from their time of death to birth. Liz, Lizzie or more formally Elizabeth is at first very distraught with her new circumstances- on the verge of sixteen, she wants to earn her drivers license and graduate from college and fall in love and get married and have children. Dying seems to through a wrench into all of her well thought out plans. Until she finally realizes that nothing she does can change her being dead Liz refuses to see the good things about Elsehwere. Her grandmother Betty, who died before her birth. Curtis Jest, who was the lead singer of her favorite band machine. Thandie, a young girl like her who was accidently shot in the head and a boy named Owen, who helps her realize that even in Elsewhere you can still find love. Elsewhere is one of the best "afterlife" books i've read- filled with life lessons and thoughtful epiphanies. Even though Liz is dead, it teaches you alot about life and how to appreciate what you have in that life. MUST READ!!!!!