The War Outside by Monica Hesse

The War Outside

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 dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan.Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crys...


Details The War Outside

TitleThe War Outside
ISBN9780316316699
Author
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction
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Reviews The War Outside

  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Paige Green
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    "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...
  • Kelly Long
    1970-01-01
    I read an ARC copy of this book. 3.5☆ rounded up.
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Haley • Fangirl Fury •
    1970-01-01
    Easily 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!
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Christina
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...**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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    This was okay. I really wanted to like it more than I did. More thoughts to come
  • Daphne
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    I have read novels and memoirs about Manzanar, but this is my first encounter with Crystal City, which was unique among American Detention camps during WWII because it housed not only Japanese but Germans as well. This story is about two teenage girls, both American, but their parents are considered enemy aliens. Neither Haruko nor Margot can figure out why their Japanese and German fathers (respectively) have been detained. But their families ch...
  • Erikka
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book for the same reason I liked Code Name Verity: because you know something is up the whole time, but you have no idea what until the very end. Margot and Haruko are very well-developed characters with a lot of depth and rather spurious motivations. The end of the story reminds me a lot of the ending of the movie Clue; "here's what may have happened, here's another option, but here's what actually happened." There is a series of ...
  • Kim McGee
    1970-01-01
    Haruko and Margot, their families and over 4,000 others were American born but sent to a family internment camp in Crystal City Texas. They were far away from the only home many of them had known and thrust into a packed housing with people they didn't know where their every movement was watched and a guarded fence kept them from leaving. They did not know anyone there, they didn't know why they were brought there and they didn't know how long th...
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01
    Monica Hesse does for me what Elizabeth Wein does not but Ruta Sepetys does-- brings the cold, hard truth of historical events to a YA audience that makes you think, question, be appalled, and still respect humanity at the end. This is another such book where Hesse explores the specific Crystal City camp that not only was for Japanese internment but German spies alongside the Japanese as World War II amped up. She uses two characters, the Japanes...
  • Cristin
    1970-01-01
    This is a unique historical fiction book. Normally, when we hear about a historical fiction book set in WWII, it's normally set in Europe. This one was set in the US and gave some very important historical details of the internment (aka prison) camps some of Japanese and German heritage were sent to during this period. I know it's often skipped on in history classes and I was eager to learn more after reading the book.The War Outside focuses on 2...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    I had no idea until I read this captivating novel (and Hesse's note on historical accuracy) that our country's World War II internment camps were as widespread as they were. Hesse does a masterful job of bringing a little-known piece of history to light in a compelling way. German-American Margot and Japanese-American Haruko form an unlikely but utterly believable friendship in the Crystal City camp, the only one where both German-Americans and J...
  • Trista
    1970-01-01
    I was really excited about this book and it didn't take me long to get sucked into this story. I love historical fiction but it seems like it's been quite a while since I read one so picking this one up was amazing. It was told in dual POVs from two girls, one German and one Japanese, who'd ended up in the same internment camp in America. Along with the telling of each girl's story, there were interjections from both girls throughout the book as ...
  • Sydney Paige
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of The War Outside from NOVL in exchange for an honest review. The War Outside is a short and sweet novel about two girls living inside US internment camps during World War II. These camps were always something that I’ve only briefly heard of, but never really heard what they were about. I was so excited to read about this piece of American history that so many professors shy away from. The differing dynamics of the German and...
  • Lovely Loveday
    1970-01-01
    The War Outside is a remarkable young adult historical fiction novel that highlights the darkest part of US History during WWII. A story of internment camps developed and used by the US government during WWII. This captivating read follows two friends as they face many life or death challenges that came with this time in history. Hesse writes a vivid story with realistic characters and a plot that is intriguing but heartbreaking. I highly reco...
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    1970-01-01
    Margot and Haruko form a friendship under the most unlikely of circumstances: as German and Japanese enemies of the state held in the multi-ethnic Crystal City, Texas internment camp during WWII. But, as the months wear on, life in the camp changes both girls in ways they could never have predicted, and ultimately the teens change each other lives irreparably.The dual perspectives -- and the striking disagreement between them -- make it clear the...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. Brutal and brilliant.
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThis struck me as more of a Young Adult book in its pacing. There are a lot of different issues being addressed, and it would help to have more background in order to understand them than most middle school readers have. While it would be nice to have another book on interred US Germans during WWII, there isn't a lot of explanation, and I think my students would need that. Definitely interesting for a high school or publi...