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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 discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day, and piece by piece. Haruko finds herself consumed by fear for her soldier brother and distrust of her father, who she knows is keeping something from her. And Margot is doing everything she can to keep her family whole as her mother's health deteriorates and her rational, patriotic father becomes a man who distrusts America and fraternizes with Nazis.With everything around them falling apart, Margot and...

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ISBN : 9780316316699
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages
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The War Outside Reviews

  • 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 attention as the Americans, and to some extent us

  • 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 their lifes. Family, trust, friendship, humanity w

  • 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 had that happen. I consider myself lucky that I do not live

  • 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 for sure. What Margot and Haruko go through, the s

  • Haley • Fangirl Fury •

    9/28/18: My full review for The War Outside can be found here on Fangirl Fury:

    8/4/18: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!

  • 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 plot so there was sufficient tension building to the bi ...more

  • 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.

  • 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 for what Monica Hesse writes next.