This is a book by Gabrielle Zevin.
About to turn 16, Liz Hall believes that everything good comes with being older. But when she is killed in a road accident, her ‘life’ takes an unexpected turn. Liz wakes up on a boat, with no idea where she is or that she is dead. She is in a cabin in the ship, with another girl as well. Liz doesn’t know where her parents are, or anything- she is really confused. Later, she is taken to one of the Observation Decks on the ship, and sees her upset parents and brother at her funeral. She’s really shocked and scared when she sees this, as well as weirded out by seeing her own coffin and stuff. She also gets really pessimistic, like, I had my whole life ahead of me, and I’m never gonna get my driver’s license, or fall in love, or get married, etc.
Meanwhile, in Elsewhere, Liz’s dead grandmother Betty is coming to pick up Liz. In Elsewhere, people don’t go up in age, they get younger, so Betty is now in her mid-thirties. When Liz comes out, she meets Betty and moves in with her.
On Elsewhere, Liz learns how it’s amazing; here, people can finally converse with dogs, as well as other things. Interrupted relationships can be renewed, and new ones can also be formed. So can Liz fall in love?
This is AMAZING. I know I haven’t done it justice in my description, but it is honestly one of the best things I have ever read. Its… well, can’t put an age to it, but it’s awesome. A friend recommended it, and I was hooked. It’s not too long.
No movie (I wish there was!! 😥 It would be amazing)
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