The War Outside

The War Outside

A novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal. It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado--until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a "family inte A novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal. It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the P...

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Title:The War Outside
Author:Monica Hesse
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0316316695
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The War Outside Reviews

  • Librariann
    Sep 18, 2018
    Ages 11+ All of a sudden I am on a huge historical fiction kick, especially World War II historical fiction. I know, so out of character. So when I saw this ARC up on Edelweiss, I thought I'd give it a click. Apparently, the author has written two other really popular books? (I am S...
  • Kelly Hager
    Sep 29, 2018
    This is an incredibly powerful book about a part of the country's history that is generally glossed over. As most of us know, there were internment camps during World War II for Japanese-American residents. What you may not know (I didn't) is that some citizens of German descent were a...
  • Linda Robinson
    May 13, 2019
    The storytelling potential (a period in American history we ignore at our peril) set inside an enemy alien internment camp during WWII, along with the timeliness of the situation, could have elevated this novel. Thin portraitures, plot lines that feel wedged in by unidentified real wor...
  • Victoria
    Sep 14, 2018
    I absolutely adored this book!! And I genuinely didn't expect to love this as much as I did - I read a book by this author before and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did this one. This completely blew my expectations away!! It is masterfully written! World War II is certainly an er...
  • Kayla
    Dec 23, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from The Novl in exchange for my honest review. Ya'll, I love reading historical fiction, particularly if it's set in the WWII era. I just think there are so many stories left to tell about that time period and, especially as time goes on, it's particu...
  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    Oct 10, 2018
    Loved this novel about a Japanese-American teen and a German-American teen who are both in an internment camp for enemy aliens with their families. Lots of stuff happens, and the sexual tension between these two girls was palpable. Must read. ...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Sep 16, 2018
    It's August 1944 when Haruko Tanaka, 17, her sister Toshiko, 12, and her mother have just arrived at the Crystal City Internment Camp, in Texas to join their father. They haven't seen Ichiro Tanaka, in five months, not since the government came and removed him from their home, accusing...
  • Shoshanna
    Oct 03, 2018
    Scary, sad, sweet, I feel like I use these descriptions all the time. I have never read a YA fiction book about the internment camps before. This book follows two young women who develop a strong friendship (and maybe more?) over the course of their time in the camp. It's impossible...
  • Kim
    Jan 25, 2019
    A good story. We don?t get a lot of stories about these interment camps during WWII. Left me with a lot to think about. ...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Nov 20, 2018
    I'm ashamed to say I had no clue about this dark piece of World War II history until I was around 22 years old. When we learned about WWII in school, Japanese internment camps were never discussed in the text books or in the classroom. When I found out that over 100,000 people of...
  • Karen
    Nov 25, 2018
    4.5 two high school aged girls: Margot from Iowa, whose parents were born in Germany; Haruko from Colorado, her parents were born in Japan. They meet in 1944 at an interment camp in Texas. Their secret friendship bonds them together and leads to their lives changing forever. They live ...
  • Elise
    Sep 27, 2018
    Unfortunately, for me, The War Outside failed to carry the same character development and emotional depth of her first book, Girl in the Blue Coat. However, this is an important addition to any library young adult collection, as it focuses on the dark period in American history where t...
  • Annette
    Sep 12, 2018
    The War Outside is a unique, compelling story about life during WWII that has never been told. Margot and Haruko have been uprooted from their lives along with their families. WWII is raging, and these families have been taken to a Family Internment Camp in Texas because their fathe...
  • Jessica
    Jul 16, 2018
    I received an ARC of this book for free from TheNovl in exchange for an honest review. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. Last month I read a different YA novel about German American internment and was beyond disappointed by it. When I saw that TheNovl ...
  • Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    Oct 10, 2018
    Not 100% set on my rating on the book. Not my favorite WWII book... it just felt lacking... I couldn't connect with the characters and felt like they annoyed me sometimes. The concept was interesting, and I do like how everything wrapped itself up in the end, but the most part I'm n...
  • Mandi
    May 09, 2019
    Was going to rate this a 3 star until I got to the ending and it left me speechless. Did not see the ending coming and it made so much sense to me. I like this story because it was something different then what I have ever read about. It was about a Japanese American and German America...
  • Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
    Jun 27, 2018
    Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW First things first... I believe this is a book everyone should read and absorb. I think it should be on every school reading list. While it is fiction, it's based on enough fact that will catapult the reader back in time to a h...
  • Mandy
    Nov 03, 2018
    Monica Hesse is truly a name to look for in YA historical fiction. She has definitely found a way to immerse the reader into another era with captivating and mysterious characters and circumstances. I've noticed that historical fiction is often overlooked in YA, but Hesse certainly mak...
  • Kam Gardner
    Nov 13, 2018
    3.5 I didn't love this book as much as Hesse's debut novel. I was really interested to read it, because it deals with internment camps, and that's something I haven't read a lot on dealing with WWII. However, things just fell a little flat for me. I feel like there was so much more ...
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    Sep 26, 2018
    I loved the premise, and parts of this novel felt all too relevant to our current politician climate (you know, since we?re once again holding families and children in camps in the US, which is...fucked up). But The War Outside never went far enough for me. So much of this stayed sur...
  • Laurie Brumbaugh
    Mar 09, 2019
    What a compelling, highly readable book! While there are tons of novels written about WWII, there aren?t many about Japanese-American internment, especially in YA, so I was automatically interested. The fact that this story is about a camp that also held German-Americans added anothe...
  • Shelby
    Dec 11, 2018
    I quite enjoyed my time reading The War Outside! It was an extremely eye-opening story of a Japanese girl meeting a German girl in an internment camp in Texas during WWII. I was completely unaware of the fact that internment camps existed in the US, which was terribly ignorant of me. R...
  • Mia
    Jan 22, 2019
    The War Outside is told through the alternating first-person points of view of two young women--one of German and one of Japanese descent--living in a Texas internment camp during WWII. Typical of successful examples of young adult fiction, the author does a good job of describing teen...
  • Keelin Rita
    Dec 16, 2018
    3.5 Rounded up to a 4 because I want more people to read this. This is the story of two girls who are in an internment camp for enemies of the state during World War 2. One is German, the other Japanese and they build an unlikely friendship and closeness due to their circumstances....
  • Paige Green
    Jul 23, 2018
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from TheNovl! Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 5/5 Genre: YA Historical Fiction Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, bombs, war, prejudice, Nazism, and consequences) Pages: 336 Author Website Amazon Link Synopsis: It's 1...
  • Nicole(Newbookcats)
    Jul 20, 2018
    "Horror grows out of humanity. If you are paying attention, it always starts small. We all tell the versions we wish were true." ????? First, this book means a lot to me. I am not Japanese nor am I German. My family comes from Italy and a couple Eastern European cou...
  • madeline ♡
    Jul 11, 2018
    i've decided to change my rating for this to a solid 3 stars. the more i think about this book, the more i realize how mediocre it was for me?? it didn't stick in my mind afterwards, and i don't feel very strongly about it, even about the things i thought i liked. The War Outside is...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    Jul 05, 2018
    An arc of this book was sent to me by The NOVL/Little Brown Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 4.5/5 The War Outside is a heartbreaking historical fiction that highlights one of the darkest times in US history. It tells t...
  • Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
    Jul 03, 2018
    Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for a review "I don't want you to ever forget where you are. You are a prisoner here. I don't care if you have a new friend, or if there's a school newspaper, or if there are books in the new library, or if there are c...
  • Wyatt
    May 14, 2019
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