Book Review: Elsewhere by: Kathryn Burns

Publication Date: December 18, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: She's here, she's queer, and she's driving right off the grid. We all go a little Mad sometimes. 

Madison Lam is a recent college graduate and dump-ee. Feeling simultaneously over-and-underwhelmed by the state of her life (and struggling to care), she embarks on a road trip in an effort to self destruct. Whimsy may or may not ensue. Hi-jinks not guaranteed.

Review: In ELSEWHERE, Madison Lam has just gone through a breakup with her girlfriend which has left her devastated and feeling truly alone in the world. She decides to walk away from her life and take a road trip, just pointing the car in whatever direction calls to her. As her travels take her across the country, she finds both new and familiar people who help her realize her reaction to this breakup may be exposing some long-standing deep-seated issues which need to be dealt with. In ELSEWHERE, the author introduces us to a wide range of characters with varied viewpoints, relationships, and issues. I felt a true kinship for Madison, having experienced some of the same issues in my life. Each step of Madison’s journey in ELSEWHERE is important as she puzzles together who she is and who she wants to be independently of others. The author has a way of making the characters relatable to the readers, even if they’re vastly different from themselves. ELSEWHERE is a beautifully written coming of age story which I highly recommend.

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