Elwhere Review; Waiting On Wednesday

Heya, my people :) I'm finally home! *Happy dance* I have email, and full web access, and all that good stuff. A BIG plus is that there's no longer the possibility of finding a bear on my front porch. So, Phew, that's good :)

I just read the best book I've read in a while- Elswhere, by Gabrielle Zevin- it was FANTASTIC beyond words and I staed up waaaaay late until I finished it. I cried pretty much nonstop!

Title: Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Square Fish, 2007 (Paperback reprint)
Pages: 304 pp
MSRP: $8.99 (paperback reprint version)
Rating: * * * * */5

Blurb: "Is it possible to gro older, while growing younger?"

Liz wakes up on a cruise ship in what seems like a dream- but is really a boat taking her to Elsewhere, where everyone goes when they die. Liz is 15, and she realizes that she beens killed in a bicycle accident. On Elsewhere, she goes to live with a grandmother she's never met, who died of breast cancer while Liz's mom was pregnant with her.

On Elsewhere, it's usually warm with a slight breeze, te sun and stars shine brightly, and it's quiet and peaceful there, and no one gets sick or any older- in fact, you grow younger with the more time yuo spend there, and once you become a baby you float down the River back to Earth, to start a new life.

Want to see new paintings by Picasso? Read new works or Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and other famous writers of the past? Need someone to talk to about your problems? Swing by the Elswhere museum, library, or Marilyn Monroe's psychiatry office (not everyone does what they did on Earth, you know).

Liz misses her family, her friends, and generally her old life. She wants to get her driver's liscense, get married, have kids, get old with soemone she loves. But can she maybe grow up as she gets younger?

I absolutely loved this book. You HAVE to get a copy and read it! I know it's a little older, but it's something everyone needs to read. And it makes you think a lot too, about the people who have died that you would see again. Even animals go to Elsewhere too (Liz's job is helping the pets new to Elsewhere get settled), and you'd be able to see your pets, like Elizabeth did when she got younger. The book starts with her dog, Lucy, being narrated by someone after Liz has died. From that part on, it kept making me cry! I wanted to sob sooooo bad at the end, it was so sad. Don't read this if you're in a happy mood, I'm warning you!The best time to read it is in your room, during a gloomy rainstorm, I think.

I think it's the best book I've read in 2009, actually!

Okaym now for Waiting on Wednesday 3: This week's awaited book is.... THE EXPRESSOLOGIST, BY KRISTEN SPRINGER, which will be released sometime this fall. I think it sounds EXCELLENT, what with the best-friend crush (my fave kind of love!) and coffee being the major theme. Here's the pic:

It's being published in September and I can;t wait!

Summary: "What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

Mmmm, sounds good, right? Coffee plus the crush on best friend (that's the best kind of love plot, I think!) equals total awesomeness :)

Woah, this post took me 3 DAYS to do... *tsk tsk tsk*

Peace out, Meggin

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