Great Discussion book. Great Book Period. This is one of the best books that I have ever read. My review doesn't do it justice, but that is just because I don't want to ruin this amazing book for you. Liz wakes up on a bunk in a boat not knowing where she is or how she got there. The shock of her life comes when she finds out that she is dead, the victim of a hit and run driver, and what's more important to her 15 year old self is that she will not turn 16 get her drivers license, go to college, get married or even get big boobs. This is a funny and heart-tugging book of Liz's journey through Elsewhere where she never gets older, but has an unexpected life and will grow younger until she is sent back to earth as a new born to experience life all over again. With the help of her grandmother that died before she is born, Liz makes this journey through anger, regret and triumph. It will definately make you look at the after-life in a totally different way.
This was an interesting take on the afterlife, but I feel that all of the characters needed some fleshing out. I did not like or relate to Liz, which made it difficult for me to root for her and care about her ability to cope with death.
I did enjoy the concept of aging backwards in the afterlife, but it brought up a lot of questions. The author was not consistent in how the reverse aging process worked - when a reverted 7-year-old was depicted as having 100 years of memories and was in charge of captaining a ship, but a reverted 4-year-old was both physically and mentally 4 and unable to read, it struck me as a messy writing mechanic (either they mentally revert to the appropriate age, or they don't). I think it is a very interesting premise but the application was inconsistent and that drew me out of the story.
This is certainly not your usual after-life story. Very ingenious. I couldn't believe this was listed as a young adult story. I enjoyed it very much!
Although geared for a younger audience, I found the story of Liz's life/death interesting, funny and hopeful. I want an afterlife like this!
A sweet and interesting book. The ending felt a bit rushed, but I enjoyed the story very much.