Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Going Over by Beth Kephart (with giveaway)

Going Over
by Beth Kephart

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Just released: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: Romance, YA
Hardback: 264 pages
Rating: 4.5

Going Over is the brilliant new YA novel from acclaimed author Beth Kephart. Set in Berlin in 1983 and inspired by true events, teenagers Ada and Stefan are in love, separated by the wall, and plan a daring escape to defy the odds – and their governments – to be together.

It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn't the only thing that is divided.

Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way?

National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart presents a story of daring and sacrifice, and love that will not wait.


My two-bits:

Great account of a snippet of life in the time before the fall of the Berlin wall.

The different characters does well in giving a sense of the time and places - not just the natives of the land but immigrants in the country as well.

The weight of the story made this book a bit of a tear-jerker for me at the end.


About the author: Beth Kephart

I was a child writer-dreamer who never strayed far from that path. Today I’m the award-winning author of seventeen books—dreaming my way toward more by night, while running a boutique marketing communications firm by day.

I'm privileged to teach creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania in spring semesters. I love writing about the intersection of place and memory for the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. I am honored to review literature for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Always and most importantly, I am privileged to be a mom.

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  1. Beth is extremely creative and talented. She teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Spring Semesters and has had her books translated into 17 languages. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I learned that "GOING OVER is a Junior Library Guild selection, a School Library Journal Pick of the Day, an Amazon Big Spring Book, an iBooks Spring's Biggest Book, and has received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness" - which is amazing! I am really excited to read this book - I love to read about love stories that are forbidden for some reason or another. My email is centerstagegirly AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks for the giveaway!


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