Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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


S. said...

Oh, I'm glad you liked it! I have a copy of it, but I haven't read it yet - glad to hear it's promising!

And I take it the cover you posted is the US version? It's fantastic, I love it, it's even better than the UK version I have.

Can't wait to read this book, but it might take a while because y'know, so many books, so little time. ;)

Btw, don't take this the wrong way, but are you really 13?! Then you must be the coolest 13-year-old I've ever met because you book taste is fantastic!! :)

Sasha said...

Hiya Meggin! Wow, I just saw the ChickLitChicks2 vlog you did. It was awesome!! I'm so sorry I didn't give you the address because I didn't see your comment on my blog. Sorry again and I can't wait to see your next vlog!! I should be doing my next one soon :)

Anonymous said...

I loved Elsewhere too!

Sasha said...

P.S. On the channel u could fill in the 5 facts about you 2!

Meggin said...

Thanks Sasha :) I can't wait to see everyone's!
Oops, yeah I'll post that facts thing, sorry :)
S., Yeah I'm really 13 :) I always have been a little ahead of everyone in my classes tastes... I'm gonna take that as a compliment :)

S. said...

You most definitely should as it was meant like that! ;)

Btw, I saw that you want to read Wintergirls? I've read and reviewed it recently, it's by far the best of I've read this year and one of my favourites ever, I totally recommend it and I bet it can beat Elsewhere as the best book of 2009! ;)

Meggin said...

I've heard it's excellent, and for MONTHS- seriously!- I've been wanting to get it... but it was alwyays checked out or sold out :( I can't put a hold on it, either! Oh, well, I'll read it soon.
Ooh, you have a blog? I'd love to check it out :) What's the address?

Anna Banana said...

elsewhere sounds good. is it published in australia because i have't seen it?

Sasha said...

OMG Meggin! I would never accuse you of doing it. I know it was to do with the Youtube/ Google/ Blogger account thingy. I'm just a little concerned for my internet safety that's all. I would never even put it past you to do something like that. Nobody hacked in to it.
xx :)

S. said...

I think you've visited it before, the username it bookalicious85 - just click on S. for the link. ;)

Amy said...

I loved Elsewhere it was a great book and it made me cry to!

Angela said...

I think I'm going to put your blog on my friends and my book blog, this is an awesome blog!

Meggin said...

It was fantastic :) GLad you like it, a bunch of my friends have said they hated it... but they hate any book besides Twilight. So they don't count *Sticks tongue out at friends in third-grader-style indignation* Ah well. I know, I was crying like crazy- even at parts that weren't really suppposed to make you cry!

Meggin said...

Angela- Really? Thanks! I always think people are gonna be like, ZOMG she so weird!" So, thanks for not :)

Oooh, I just checked out you and your friends' blog- it's ah-mazing. Love your "A Crooked Kind of Perfect" review- I've been wanting to read that :) I added you to my links, BTW.

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