A review by seventy7
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

emotional hopeful lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I think this is a good book for younger readers. It’s not too complicated, but it’s not simplified to the point where it feels pretentious. I think the movie introduces some intriguing questions, but it never goes anywhere with them. The author says, ‘Hey, what if this is the case?’ And then just move on. Also, this book is extremely fast paced. There are barely any long-lasting conflicts. Even the serious ones get resolved fairly fast. All in all, ‘elsewhere” is an interesting book, but easy to comprehend, so it’s very approachable.

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