Review: Elevated by Elana Johnson

May Contain Spoilers


Elana Johnson’s latest release is a novel in verse.  I thought it would be fun to write my review in the same style, so here goes.  This is my first attempt at this, so I hope that it isn’t too terrible.

Elly and Trav. Friends forever. 

Until they weren’t.

Elly and Trav.

Boyfriend and girlfriend, sort of.


Elly and Trav.

Desperately in love with each other. 

But Trav is dating Honesty, and he’s not free. 

He won’t fess up. 

But still he kisses Elly.

On the elevator.

On the way up.


Elly and Honesty, best friends for life. 

Until Trav asks Honesty to prom – and Not Elly.   


Now there secrets.

Awful, soul-wrenching secrets, that tear




When she shares her secrets, two lives shatter.

Her guilt intensifies, her life forever changed.


Five months later – trapped on the elevator.

With Trav.

Five months without speaking.

How will she survive now?


Slow to start, but hard to put down.

So much angst – so much guilt!

Forward and backward, her memories go.

Will Trav forgive her? Will she forgive herself?

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by author

From Amazon:

The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she’s been avoiding for five months.
Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.