Plot[ edit ] Fifteen-year-old Liz is hit and killed by a taxi. When she wakes up, she finds herself in the cabin of a ship named the SS Nile. She meets her idol, who turns out to be dead, like her. In Elsewhere, everyone ages backwards until they reach 7 days old and then are sent back to Earth as a baby to be reborn.
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Several instances of the more mild ones. About a dozen uses of Deity in one form or another. The f-word is referenced but never spelled out. Violence: Liz is hit by a taxi. No details given other than she remembers flying through the air.
A girl shows Liz a red gun-shot wound in the back of her neck. After Liz dies, she is able to watch her family back on earth.
She watches her parents have sex. She watches her best friend lose her virginity. She thinks about Owen having sex with his wife before he died. When Liz tries to get back to Earth, she has to remove her clothes and a nurse swaddles her. Owen finds her naked in the river. Adult Themes: The book is about death and the afterlife. The question is asked about God and how He fits into the situation. One character is pregnant and loses the baby. Synopsis At first, Liz rejects the idea that she has died and is now living in the afterlife, which is called Elsewhere, where she will begin to grow younger until she is ready to be born again onto the Earth.
I did like the change of attitude Liz experienced when faced with a difficult situation. I feel the character grew in ways that we can learn from. While the writing was very simple and could be understood by a younger set one critic recommended as young as 7th grade , I would recommend it for older high school students or young adults based on the language and the sexual references.
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (2007, Paperback)
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