Book Report: Elsewhere

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Regi’Nea BaggettSept. 14, 2010
English/ Communications 1

ElsewhereGabrielle ZevinCharacter: Elizabeth Hall
Elizabeth Hall also known as Liz is the main character in the book Elsewhere. Liz is a 15 year old girl that died in a car accident, but at the beginning she doesn’t know where she is she just thinks she’s dreaming then she quickly realizes she’s not. Liz wakes up on a cruise ship, known as the SS Nile in the middle of the ocean. She does not have hair and does not really know how she got there. She finds another girl, Thandi, who claims she was shot in the head before waking up on the ship. Liz also befriends a man named Curtis, who was a famous musician. Most of the others on the ship are old people, and everyone is basically in pajamas all the time. That's all Liz knows until later, when Thandi and Curtis tell her they're all dead. Liz refuses to accept this for a long time, even though she watches her own funeral through binoculars on Observation Deck (OD). During Liz’s time on the SS Nile she meets Thandi, a girl who helps her realize what’s really going on. Liz sits down and gasps for air. “How can you be so happy when we’re…?” Her voice trails off. “Dead?” Thandi smiles a little. “So you finally figured it out.” “I just got back from my funeral, but I think I sort of knew before.” When liz went to view her funeral she realized it was someone missing, her best friend Zooey who she blames for her death. Liz feels that its Zooey’s fault that she got hit by the cab, because if she hadn’t been going to meet Zooey to help her look for a prom dress she never would’ve been hit. Upon Liz’s arrival to “Elsewhere” Liz finds that there isn’t God. Her grandmother, who she has never met before, comes to meet her at the dock, Liz goes to live with her and she quickly learns that in “Elsewhere”, people age backwards until they become babies again, at which point they're reborn. This information makes Liz very angry. Knowing that she will never get...
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