This book is about Liz, who died at age 15. It's about her arriving to Elsewhere, coming to terms with her death, and learning to love again. I tried to get a more complete summary for you, but neither the publisher's site nor the book was much help. Here's what us.maximillian.com said, "Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?" It's a valid question and strongly relates to the plot of Elsewhere, but it isn't much summary wise. The back of my paperback edition has an excerpt from the book and a few sentences:
How can fifteen-year-old 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?
Yep. That's cryptic for you. Good thing I know another way to get plot info - reading the book!
Wait! I found a summary on the publisher's website after all! Here it is:
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.
I love love love love this book. I'm writing this review after I finished it for the second time, and the book made me cry happy-sad tears twice. I guess I got so connected to Liz's emotions that I felt her pain? I don't know - I'm not sure. They were beautiful tears.
There's sort of a love triangle - it seems like most new books come equipped with love triangles - but for once the main character isn't at the point. I won't write who's in it, but know that said love triangle was the root of what made me cry 1/2 of those beautiful tears.
Let’s talk about Liz. She's part angsty, part lost, part homesick, and part found. She's loved by her grandmother and her friends. She works well with animals. She's curious and nice but wishes it was still possible for her to grow up. She makes lots of dumb choices, but you just have to love her anyway.
I really like Elsewhere. It's a place where you don't have to work for money - you choose to work to fulfill your life. It's a place where you're not cut off, but you begin something new. I also really love this book. I'm going to give it all 5 stars.