Before I Blogged is a weekly feature inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner in which I share a book that I read and loved before I started blogging!
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: May 15, 2007
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
From what I remember…
Elsewhere was a book that left an impression on me. It was one of the first “serious” books that I’d ever read, and I remember being unable to put it down. Gabrielle Zevin’s writing is beautiful and full of emotion. This was a book that made me laugh as well as cry. I definitely think this is a book that everyone should read, and I definitely want to reread it again soon, since the first time I read it was about 4 years ago. I wholly recommend Elsewhere, and I think it is not talked about enough. Gabrielle Zevin should definitely be placed up there with John Green!
I rated it: ♥♥♥♥♥