Wednesday, April 2, 2014

You don't have to stay so very still

"Dear Teen Me:

You do not have to be good. You don’t have to try so hard. You don’t have to stay so very still inside that box that you have built up for yourself.

Life is meant for living.

Listen. ..."

So begins Beth Kephart's Dear Teen Me letter, which appears on her blog tour for Going Over, a story of love across the barrier of the Berlin Wall:

I've been excited for this book to come out, because although I remember when the Berlin Wall existed (and I remember when it came down), I've read very few stories set in Berlin during those years. And in Beth's voice, I know this world will come alive, in words carefully chosen and vivid.

The shot of inspiration from the Dear Teen Me letter was an added bonus. Well worth reading in its entirety if you, too, need to hear, "Fall down. Get up. You’ll be okay," and, "The world is wide and glorious and strange; it is a spectrum. Lend it more of your love."

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