ElsewhereElsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was going to give this book four stars because the author uses the trick of present tense writing. Most of the time, I hate that method. Sometimes on an action-packed story it works but even then I find it tiring. But the five stars are restored because I just felt it was such a precious story.

It moves slowly at first. But after you get to know who she, Liz Hall, is and where she is you start to feel more for the whole tale.

Poor Liz Hall killed in a hit and run when she was almost 16 years old. Never to reach adulthood, never to get her driver’s license, graduate, get married, have a career, have her own children… And if we are sorry for her loss you should see how she feels!

What an interesting take on the afterlife. Neither Heaven or Hell. Just… Elsewhere. Where you age backward from the day you get there. Where you can learn to talk ‘dog’ or other pet languages. Yes, our pets are there.

There are many sweet moments throughout the book. Then again, many bittersweet moments pull at you. In the end, I had tears running down my face, Not telling why. No spoilers here!

It took me a while to read. But I’m glad. I liked having the story to fall into as I chose. The font was okay and the amount of vanilla-colored paper made reading easy. I think I might like to get the Kindle version to read it again someday. I am sorry to let it go, ya know?

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