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Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: I saw it on the shelf at the library before I left for vacation and decided to bring it along.
Summary: 15-year-old Liz gets hit by a car and ends up in Elsewhere—a place where everyone ages backward until they become babies and get sent back to Earth.
Stopped on Page: 122
Why I Stopped: Intriguing concept of the afterlife, but the characters never came alive to me, so to speak. The story also seemed to slow down quite a bit once Liz got to Elsewhere. I was about to board the plane to come back home, so I decided to stop this one and start something new that I might like better.
Your Turn: Should I have kept going? Or was I right to stop?
Note: As an aspiring author, I respect the extraordinary amount of effort that goes into writing a book. I did not write this review in order to be unfair or negative about the book. My goal is simply to articulate why the book wasn’t for me.