“Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin

11 Aug


"Elsewhere" will be the second book we discuss in our Moms & Daughters Sunday Book Club (see below for more info).

This story is unique. 15-year-old Liz is killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bike to the local shopping mall. Before she knows what has happened, Liz is on the USS Nile sailing to Elsewhere. Not quite heaven, not quite Earth, Elsewhere is a place where the dead live, have jobs (and pets!), and form new relationships, all while aging backwards. As you might imagine, Liz has a hard time adjusting to her new existence on Elsewhere, at least until she makes an ill-advised trip to The Well to contact her dad back on Earth about a hidden birthday present. After she is fished out of the water by the adorable Owen Welles (Elsewhere Bureau of Supernatural Crime and Contact), Liz starts to take a different view toward Elsewhere and its inhabitants.

This book is both funny and serious at the same time … after all, it has talking dogs and six-year-old ship captains! This very different take on life after death will make you laugh, but it will also leave you with lots of interesting issues to think about afterward. Definitely recommended.


I liked how you got to see a girl deal with her own death and see her change. This book was also very different from other books I have read.


Posted by on August 11, 2006 in Uncategorized


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8 responses to ““Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin

  1. Anonymous

    October 26, 2006 at 12:39 am


    I really liked the book “Elsewhere”. the way you recommended this book partially led to my reading of “Elsewhere”. as a result, i highly recommend this book to whomever likes fantasy with a pinch of mystery and a dash of romance.

    • mel1317

      October 27, 2006 at 7:14 pm

      Re: Elsewhere

      Thanks for your comment! I agree, this book has a bit of everything — fantasy, mystery, romance, and even humor. It’s definitely different than most teen books out there!

      FSG Books, the publisher of “Elsewhere,” has a nice website devoted to the book, with a Q&A with author Gabrielle Zevin. Check it out! Elsewhere Site.

  2. Anonymous

    January 9, 2007 at 9:46 pm


    I really liked the book Elsewhere too. Can you please tell me the website of Elsewhere??

  3. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 11:40 pm


    I just got done reading that book i think it was one of my favorite books i have ever read i recomend it to every one it is the best book ever.

    • mel1317

      October 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

      Re: elsewhere

      Excellent, thanks for the comment.

      Author Gabrielle Zevin has also contributed a story to a book called “Love is Hell.” It’s slated for release at the end of November. You can find out more info by clicking here. Enjoy!

  4. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    i started reading this book and it seemed really goog

    • Anonymous

      November 2, 2009 at 2:32 am

      all books start boring! however, I think Elsewhere was much differant and the begining was quite good! This book was amazing!

  5. Anonymous

    November 6, 2009 at 4:39 am


    I just finished reading this book and it is great. This really makes you think of what will happen after death and makes you wonder “what if this really did happen?” It is one of my favorite books now along with Lord of the Flies, The Giver,and Mrs.Pollifax Pursued


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