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Within These Lines

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it “should be” until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country aft ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Blink
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R.F. Gammon
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so this was actually really good!

I loved the characters, a LOT. Evalina was the kind of girl I feel like doesn't show up enough in fiction--her fiery, compelling spirit was amazing and her love of political science and desire to seek justice made her very relatable for me. She's the kind of girl I am. And then there was Taichi, who was really just the sweetest guy. I approved of him very much.

Other than them, I really liked James, and I liked Evalina's parents. I thought I would like Aiko
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
w o w what a beautiful piece of historical fiction! I had been looking forward to reading some of Mrs. Morrill’s books lately and I’m so glad to say that Within These Lines did not disappoint!

I’ve never been one to read and really enjoy historical fiction, but I loved this book – it honestly inspired me to research more about 1940s and read more books set in that timeframe. Within These Lines deals with many things, but mainly daily life in internment camps. This is one of the only times I’ve se
Lydia Howe
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I just thought y'all should get that public service announcement. And you should probably go pre-order it, too. I pre-ordered it. And then I was blown away by also being chosen to review an ARC copy.

This book, folks, tells a much-needed story and one pretty much everyone should be familiar with. So, you should probably just add it to your "Highly Anticipated for 2019" list and then block off a few days to read it wh
Roseanna White
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Within These Lines will steal your breath, your heart, and your thoughts for days after you’ve finished. An always-timely look at prejudice and the importance of taking action combines with a tale of deepest love and self-sacrifice. Flawless and beautiful.
Hailey Rose
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that just kinda blow your socks off with their awesomeness? Yeah, this is one of these books.

Within These Lines far exceeded my expectations. After reading so much WWII fiction, most of which is focused on military stories and nurses, having a story based in California about a totally different subject is a nice change. It's so cool to get a new perspective and see what life could have been like for an average citizen during the war.

I related with Evalina more than I've re
Abigayle Claire
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is one of the most engaging and yet educational pieces of historical fiction I've ever read. Rather than the historical fiction that puts a spin on a familiar time and feels compelled to have an extravagant fiction element, this piece really shone a light on the history itself. The characters and events, though somewhat fictionalized, felt very real. Historical.

I liked Evalina more than I expected to as she was a fiery girl who often can't keep her mouth closed. Those sort of femal
Keturah Lamb
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me mad. In the sort of way that means I love it so much and will be recommending it to a lot of people. Wow, it's so powerful. I'd known that America had concentration camps during WWII. But I hadn't really read much about them. But wow. America was (and is) the bigger hypocrite to have had something like this and then turn around and condemn Hitler.

It's just disgusting.

I loved (and related way too much with) Evalina. Her anger at injustice. How she made politics personal. As sh
Joey T
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know i say wow a lot in review of books I love but
Kay, I’m done.
This book deals with racism happening during World War Two. It’s a hard book, but that’s what makes it so beautiful.
The lovelies:
The characters were so fabulous and amazing. I also realized a little in that the main character (Evalina) is related to the characters from The Lost Girl of Astor Street. ❤ that was a pleasant surprise, seeing I hadn’t made that connection before
The history: I’m not a huge history per
Sarah Sundin
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking and timely, Within These Lines highlights a dark period in history. Through compelling characters, we see the injustice and feel the fears and doubts and dilemmas. But mostly, we see the shimmering ribbon of hope through Evalina and Taichi’s unrelenting love. Stephanie Morrill has written a novel to ponder, a novel to cherish.
Megan Wilcox
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*sighs, sets book aside, stares off into space, sniffs sadly that it is over*
Five shining stars for this wonderful book!
I never knew about the horrible things that happened to the Japanese, Japanese/Americans, following Pearl Harbor. So heartbreaking!
But gosh, this was such a good book!
After being a bit tired of only reading theology/apologetics books lately, this was an excellent choice, I daresay!
I was unsure about the writing style at first, but my hesitation faded away as I was caught up in
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was such a good book! I loved both of the protagonists, and only wish I could've seen more of them (especially together).

-Characters. Love these precious cinnamon rolls. 'Nuff said.
-Time period--I don't know a lot about what went on at home during WWII, so I appreciated this alternative look at this difficult time in history.
-All the emotion. Normally, I'm not a fan of strong emotion, but this book did it just righ
Katie  Hanna
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Great story, even though I didn't love everything about it. Three and a half stars.

What I loved:

- The richness & diversity of the historical premise (interracial romance between an Italian-American girl and a Japanese-American boy, set against the background of Japanese internment during WW2.) This is GOOD AND IMPORTANT STUFF and WE NEED MORE OF IT IN FICTION. Particularly YA fiction. We get too many 'cookie cutter' World War II books about happy 'ordinary' [read: white] people fighting hap
Jill Williamson
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I'd never read anything about the internment camps in the United States during World War II. This story teaches history while it entertains. I loved the characters so much and was rooting for them! I can't wait until everyone can read this one.
Rebekah Gyger
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This is a confusing review for me to write. I've been extremely excited for this book for a while now, ever since reading Girl of Astor Street and learning that this was to be Stephanie's next book. I had hoped for a novel as awesome as that, hopefully with some mystery as well. However, this book was not as similar to the author's last as I hoped.

As always, Stephanie's writing is amazing. It is easy to read and relate with, and I blew through the story in a day with little to complain
Brian McBride
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read WITHIN THESE LINES in a day. This book is so good. I loved the characters. I loved Evalina’s fiery spirit and Taichi’s tender heart. I loved Diego’s (best fictional best friend award goes to this guy btw) protectiveness and Aiko’s honesty. I loved the story and the language and the prose and the fact that this wasn’t a will-they-won’t-they romance - it was a we-love-each-other-so-we’re-gonna-fight-together kind of romance. Which is something you rarely see in fiction these days.

The story
Rachelle Cobb
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
I will think about this book long after I close it. What a stunning, stunning story. Well-written. Haunting. Highly recommend.
Leah Good
How can someone be loyal to a country that has cast him out? How can love survive when all the odds stand against it? How can goodness prevail when those fighting for freedom also violate the virtue they've gone to war to protect?

Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki were never meant to be together ... yet they are determined to be together anyway. But that was before Pearl Harbor. Before people saw an enemy in the slant of Taichi's eyes and the tint of his skin. Before he was evacuated to a detai
Fiction Aficionado
Within the Lines may have been written for a young adult audience, but it is a story that will appeal to young adult and not-so-young adult readers alike. In saying that, I think this is a must-read for young adult readers in particular, because it is an eye-opening reminder of the pain and inhumanity people inflict on one another when they allow fear and anger to guide them. If we don’t teach the generations to come about these lesser-known parts of history, however shameful they may be, we doo ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A softly beautiful tale told with a magnetic pull that tugs you in to its history and lasting resonance. Timeless themes of prejudice and racism are met with timeless romance and through these, Morrill uses Within These Lines to prove her incredible range.

As per her trademark, the characterization is dimensional. Evalina and Taichi become the reader's immediate friends.

A lingering treatise on heritage and tradition but also the power of love to span culture and conflict.

A tenacious heroine an
The Sherlock
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the characters instantly! I haven’t enjoyed a historical fiction novel like this in a long time! World War II one of my favorite times to read about! This book is extremely well written and the plot was very intriguing. It is written in a different perspective than most of the novels set in this time period. It focuses more on the American Japanese who were moved to the camps and less on the war itself. Very insightful. The main couple is amazing! I loved them! I am definitel ...more
Lisa Mandina
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this one actually started off slow for me, and I was unsure if I would like it, it really redeemed itself in the end. I usually love historical fiction like this, especially when it is about certain parts of history that I only know the bare minimum about. To be honest, the only thing I really knew about the Japanese detainment camps during WWII had to do with what I'd learned from one of the characters in the original Karate Kid movie. Yeah, I know, that's sad. I'm sure I learned other ...more
Gabrielle Schwabauer
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Morrill is a wonderful storyteller. I picked this book up at midnight before bed and finally pried myself away to go to sleep at 3:30 a.m. Over the next couple of days, I looked forward to reading a sizeable number of chapters each evening.

I was already familiar with the disgusting treatment of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, but this story personalized that suffering in a way that mirrored modern atrocities without ever sacrificing the story. This story can't help but bring to
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evalina and Taichi are dating, but they haven't told either of their respective families during a time (1942) when shortly after the attack on Pearl Habor has occurred, and the anti-Japanese sentiment is high. Evalina is strong-willed and passionate in her beliefs and is not afraid to speak about what she thinks is wrong. I have to admit that I struggled with Evalina's personality a lot because I tend to shy away from people who have these personalities. Taichi is quiet and kind and tended to sh ...more
I remember first hearing about this book on Mrs. Morrill's Facebook author page, and I have been dying to read it since then. Fast-forward several months later, and I'm hardcore fangirling about this beautiful book. <3


Focus on Japanese-American Internment Camps
My favorite aspect of Within These Lines is that the author went into the book with the purpose to realistically portray how Japanese-Americans were treated while living in internment camps during World War II. The descriptio
Esther Filbrun
I haven’t known about the Japanese American concentration camps in the US for very long. Several years ago, I came across a book about it, but I never finished it—probably because I didn’t find it all that interesting. However, my curiosity about the history surrounding that has been somewhat piqued since then, so when I saw this book coming out, I was excited to read it to learn what I could!

I instantly fell in love with Evalina and Taichi’s story. Seeing these two friends trying to make the be
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Even though she only has two books out in the genre, Stephanie Morrill is becoming one of my favorite historical fiction authors. I really enjoy her writing, she is fantastic at telling stories! I'm just sad it will probably be two years before she releases another book.

So, I tried to write a summary but it turned out awkwardly written and just wasn't working...

But I really liked this book. Sometimes I don't like dual perspectives, but this was done perfectly. I'm going to look more int
Ashley Bogner
I read this in one afternoon. Review to come!
Hannah White
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book.

It's hard to put my thoughts into words. This book is one of those books that you finish and kind of sit back and think "wow." It's one of those books that you can't stop thinking about days, weeks, even months after reading. It's one of those books that sticks with you for a very long time to come.

Within These Lines tells the story of a young Italian-American woman named Evalina Cassano who falls in love with a Japanese-American, Taichi Hamasaki. Set in the 1940's, the two are fa
Niki (nikilovestoread)
This is the second book I've read by Stephanie Morrill. I read and loved Lost Girl of Astor Street last year. So, when I saw she had a new book coming out this year, I was really excited to read it. Within These Lines is the moving story of two teenagers during World War II. Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki have been dating for a year. They have been afraid to even tell their parents. Interracial marriage isn't even legal in California. What will their parents say? Before they can decide how ...more
Jessica Crespino
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Wow. This book made me cry within the first few chapters. Stephanie Morrill has a special talent in realistic character relationship dynamics and all the complexities that come with that. Best friends who don't understand (or treat flippantly) your greatest fears and soapboxes (and yet are still best friends). Exes who are still confidantes and good friends. Parents who are doing their best even as children hide parts of their life. And so, so many different levels and styles of relationships, b ...more
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