Celebrating Books with a Giveaway

Within These Lines release today! Therefore, we’re going to celebrate by chatting about the book and having a giveaway, because what’s more fun than a bookish giveaway? This post is going to contain my official review for the book, but it’s not going to be a normal review because this author is beyond that. I’m so thankful the author sent me an ARC copy of this book so I could share the joy with y’all!

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First off, let me tell you about the author. Stephanie Morrill started a fantastic blog for teen writers called Go Teen Writers. If you’re interested in writing at all – no matter how old you are – you should check it out. It’s full of honest, encouraging, practical, and ever-so-relevant writing advice. She’s also the author of a number of Young Adult books, ranging over several genres – contemporary, historical fiction, and even nonfiction. I also consider her my unofficial writing mentor, although I’m not sure she knows that since we’ve never met in person or even communicated in any way other than email. Pretty much she’s just an all-around amazing person with fantastic writing.

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And now, about the book. Within These Lines is about Evalina, an Italian-American, and Taichi, the son of Japanese immigrants. Life as they know it is disrupted when America enters WW2 and anti-Japanese feelings sweep across the country. Taichi and his family are forced to move to a Japanese-American internment camp where life is anything but a bed of roses. (Okay, maybe it’s a bed of roses, just the thorns part.)

This book is fantastically well-researched and superbly written as the author tackles the often untalked about subject of what America did with Japanese during the war. I remember the first time I was introduced to the subject of American internment camps I was horrified. This book does an amazing job of making the camps and situation come to life and wraps you up in the story until you feel like you’re right there in the drafty, crowded shacks with Taichi. Although it’s a very sad and unfair part of our country’s history, I think it’s important that we don’t bury and forget it, because history has a tendency to repeat itself.

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This book is real and gritty and sad without being hopeless – the author somehow hit a great balance with making the book exceedingly real while still being interesting and giving the readers the hope that better things are in store.

The characters are well-crafted and even though I didn’t like the way the handled certain things, they stayed very consistent to their character/personality. It was interesting to see how different cultures handled the various issues and troubles they faced. The author did an amazing job at creating a truly American/Japanese character in Taichi, vs. simply slapping a Japanese name onto an American character.

I gave Within These Lines four out of five stars and like it (and Miss Stephanie’s other books) so much that I wanted to share them with y’all. Sadly, I can’t actually host a giveaway with all of her books, but the winner will get to choose their choice of any of Miss Stephanie’s books. (A physical book for an address in the states, an ebook for international.)

A list of Miss Stephanie’s books:

Me, Just Different
Out With the In Crowd  
So Over It 
The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet
The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet 
Go Teen Writers
The Lost Girl of Astor Street 
Within These Lines

Enter the Giveaway Here 

That’s it for today, folks! I hope your Tuesday is going delightfully well!

13 thoughts on “Celebrating Books with a Giveaway

  1. Samantha Lapp says:

    I read The Lost Girl of Astor Strret a while ago by your recommendation and I really enjoyed it! This sounds like another great book. I love historical novels. ☺️

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  2. Hannah says:

    I just recently read The Lost Girl of Astor Street and LOVED it!! For it being Stephanie’s first HF novel it is very very good! I’m really interested in Within These Lines – it looks to have a fascinating premise!

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  3. CutePolarBear says:

    I’ve wanted to read “Lost Girl of Astor Street” and “Within These Lines” for a while, and your high praise has made me want to read “Go Teen Writers”, too. It looks like a good reference-type book. 😉

    CutePolarBear

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Ah yes, Go Teen Writers is one of the best reference books I’ve read yet! And it’s pretty cute too, so that’s a plus. 🙂

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  4. Kaitlyn S. says:

    I’ve been wanting to get this one since I heard of it’s impending release — it looks SO good! I’ve also had Lost Girl of Astor Street on my TBR for a while now…..so another one I need to get 😀

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      That’s great! And yes, you should really read both! You can always request it at your library if you can’t buy them. 🙂

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