The War Outside by Monica Hesse

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 internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens disco...

Details The War Outside

TitleThe War Outside
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, War, World War II, Teen

Reviews The War Outside

  • Jessica
    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 was offering a chance to read and review this book I jumped at the opportunity. Thankfully, The War Outside was a million times better than that other book I read.This ...
  • Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
    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 horrific, (and in this reader's opinion, an embarrassing time,) in US history where we made thousands upon thousands of Japanese Americans suffer for no other reason tha...
  • madeline h. ✶ (semi hiatus)
    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 a World-War-II-era historical fiction novel that talks about the intersecting experiences of two girls whose families are being held in Crystal City, an internment cam...
  • Jane
    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 surface level and I wanted MORE. I wanted more of the budding romance between our two protagonists, more insight into daily life in the camp, and more of an actual plo...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    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: 4.5/5The War Outside is a heartbreaking historical fiction that highlights one of the darkest times in US history. It tells the story of two friends in internment camps used by the US during WWII, who are conflicted and struggle with trust, love, and finding a place for themselves in a cruel worl...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    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 him of passing secrets to the Japanese through his night job at a hotel in Denver, Colorado. Living in Denver, the Tanaka's weren't interned, unlike the people liv...
  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    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 community picnics. Or if there's a football team everyone comes out to cheer for. At the end of the day you're a prisoner in the only way that matters. If our family wan...
  • Librariann
    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 SO out of the loop.) Quick, interesting, lovely, with characters that jumped off the page and a very realistic almost-romance. Also heartbreakingly showed how small mome...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from TheNovl! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 5/5Genre: YA Historical FictionRecommended Age: 14+ (violence, bombs, war, prejudice, Nazism, and consequences)Pages: 336Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: 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 p...
  • Nicole(Newbookcats)
    "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 countries. I have never been forced to live in an internment camp. I have never been the subject of accused allegations by my government nor have I known anyone personally who has...
  • Annette
    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 fathers have been accused of spying for the enemies.Based on true events, this camp was the only one of its type in the country. Both Japanese and German families were sent ...
  • Shoshanna
    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 to not notice the everyday restrictions the families face, and yet, unlike the death camps in Europe, life continues with high schools, working, streets, swimming pool...
  • Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    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 not sure how I felt.
  • Victoria
    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 era that has inspired so much great fiction, but is an era that can be hard to add anything to it in a fresh and meaningful way. And this book completely accomplishes...
  • Kelly Long
    I read an ARC copy of this book. 3.5☆ rounded up.
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    Title: The War Outside Author: Monica Hesse Pages: 336Publishing: September 25th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersSynopsis: A stunning novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal from Monica Hesse, the Edgar Award-winning and bestselling author of Girl in the Blue CoatIt'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 du...
  • Melissa
    Sixteen year old Margot is living in Iowa in 1944. Since her family is German, they are accused of being an enemy of the state and sent to a family internment camp in Crystal City, Texas that houses both the Germans and Japanese. She worries about her mom who is several months pregnant. In order to belong, her father feels like he must join the group of Nazis who are forming in the camp. Margot chooses to attend the National High School instead o...
  • Danny Kown
    I absolutely loved this book, and was hooked from the moment I read it. The deterioration of Haruko and Margot’s short lived friendship absolutely broke my heart, and I was hoping for a happy ending, but they’ll never see each other again. Huge praise to Monica Hesse for writing such a great book shining a light on the US internment camps. I can’t recommend The War Outside enough, because you can relate with Haruko or Margot. I can’t wait...
  • SamanthaL
    This book was really really really really really good. You get to see how the internment camps change the characters as well as the dynamic of life inside the camps. I enjoyed this book more than girl in the blue coat which was also written by Monica Hesse. Similar to the girl in the blue coat, Monica Hesse lets you think you understand what is happening but then in the last few pages of the book, reveals that something big that you believed was ...
  • Christina
    I received an ARC from @thenovl in exchange for an honest review. I don't read many historical fiction but this book was remarkable. There was so much emotion written into this book. As I read Margot and Harukos story I couldn't put it down. Two teens that come from opposite sides that are now living in an internment camp form a secret friendship. Hartbreaking details of their day to day life, struggles and how a blossoming friendship may change ...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    My emotions are shredded. I'm currently lacking the ability to convey how much I loved this and how it burrowed into my heart. This will be tough to recover from.FRTC------------Full review can be found here:**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The comments and thoughts found within this review are my own.**I am quickly finding my groove within historical fiction. Before...
  • Amy
    Many thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.This was a fantastic historical fiction read that highlighted a dark part of US History and did so with grace and intensity. While it focuses on the internment camps developed and used by the US government during WWII, it also takes readers on a quiet journey between two friends (maybe more?) who struggle with trust, lov...
  • Sophie
    This was okay. I really wanted to like it more than I did. More thoughts to come
  • Haley • Fangirl Fury •
    9/28/18: My full review for The War Outside can be found here on Fangirl Fury: a new favorite historical fiction book, 2018 favorite, and completely solidified Monica Hesse as one of my favorite authors. The War Outside is a story that you won’t forget. Full review to come on the blog closer to release date, so grateful for the opportunity to read an ARC!
  • Lauren Sapp
    "This book is for those two missing placards. For all the kinds of stories that get lost. For all the things that get overgrown by weeds, or overgrown by layers of history."Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read, and Hesse's Girl in the Blue Coat was phenomenal. War World II is also one of my favorite time periods to read about, so when I heard about The War Outside, I knew I had to check it out. I will admit that this one took me a whil...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Monica Hesse returns with THE WAR OUTSIDE --- a look into Japanese-German internment camp through the eyes of two young girls who live in the camp. Before THE WAR OUTSIDE, Monica Hesse has written four other books: two sci-fi books BURN and STRAY, a true crime love story AMERICAN FIRE and a historical mystery called GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT --- which won the Edgar Award. Other than writing books, Monica Hesse is a journalist who has written about ev...
  • Daphne
    I'd rate more as 3.75 stars.I received an ARC from TheNovl for an honest review. The War Outside is a historical fiction set in 1944 during WWII in Crystal City, Texas- an internment camp meant for "enemy aliens" and the only one with both Japanese and German-descent internees. Many parts of the book are supposedly historically accurate, even though the story of Margot and Haruko are fictional, and I appreciated the historical note at the end of ...
  • Sarah
    Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of the e- arc for review. All opinions are my own.I loved The Girl in the Blue Coat, Hesse's previous entry in the teen historical fiction genre so I was very excited to see that this book was coming this fall. I was even more interested as it focused on the internment camps, specifically enemy alien camps, in America during WW2. This is a particularly important era of history that requires our ...
  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    Thank you to The Novl and Little Brown Young Readers #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars. I love Historical Fiction, and I love H.F. written about turmoil, friendship, love, and betrayal. Add in something as heart wrenching as a "family internment camp" and you have a book that is going to evoke so many emotions. They aren't happy books, that's...