The Other Side of the Stars
By: Katherine King
Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS
Best for: 12 and up
Beautiful and unexpected love story set in and after WWII
A guest review by Catina Haverlock
After the sudden death of her parents, Gita finds herself alone on the family farm in post WWII America. She has absolutely no friends and no family as her parents had kept her entirely sheltered. One day a letter from her aunt from Germany arrives with news that she has arranged a marriage for Gita and a family friend named Max, so that she may have companionship and someone to help with the farm.
The love story was unexpected, beautiful, believable and clean. Although it was hard to read, I am glad I learned more about the holocaust and the price families paid as they were separated and sent to concentration camps. King does a perfect job of evoking emotion through her storytelling without an overabundance of hard-to-stomach detail. (Though I know everything about the holocaust was, at the very least, hard to stomach). I also loved how the story illustrated the unbelievable hope and fortitude with which many holocaust victims lived while imprisoned and after release. It’s inspiring. The plot also had a couple of twists that made me scream!
No language or sexual content. Some of the flashbacks set in concentration camps were pretty visual and painfully hard to get through.
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