ABOUT THE BOOK
Within These Lines
by Stephanie Morrill
Release date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, WWII
Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it “should be” until she falls in love with TaichiHamasaki, 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 after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to an internment camp.
Degrading treatment make life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world aretreasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out on behalf of all Japanese Americans, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.
With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalinaand Taichi must hold true to their values and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.
This book was honestly just… Beautiful. Well fleshed out and the characters were great!! Stephanie wove together such a nice story that I couldn’t put down. I love books set during this time period and this one didn’t disappoint!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prize: 5 sets of a Finished Copy of Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill + a Signed Bookplate + and a pre-order poster(USA only)