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Going Over

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Passionate, poetic story of love across the Berlin Wall.

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GOING OVER may lure some readers with its star-crossed romance, but it will win their hearts with a story about small acts of selfless courage and how love and hope bloom in the grimmest of places. Ada could easily seem trapped, but her life is vibrantly free, transcending her circumstances and the looming wall that divides her from Stefan. The focus on the Turkish immigrants spotlights an often overlooked dimension of the city's history.

Beth Kephart's prose has a dreamy, poetic feel that infuses the story with urgency. While Ada's story is told in the first person, Stefan's is told in the second person. It's an unusual choice that helps both to separate their voices and to pull readers into Stefan's experience.

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