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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein
Egmont Press, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

First of all, isn't this cover awesome?! It was way better than the plain cover I had from the library.

This book was confusing. It had two parts, and the first part took me forever to read. The second part went much faster, I understood it better, and I liked the character a lot.

As far as the first part goes, I didn't appreciate the way it was written myself. The narration switched from first person to her talking about herself in third person, which I figured out, but then they gave it away. It made it anticlimactic and I didn't get to feel smart! I had a hard time understanding everything that was going on, because it was all over the place, so I read more intently. That just made everything worse. Once I started skimming and taking it less seriously, I began to enjoy it more.

I liked Kittyhawk a lot better than Verity. Everything with her was much more straightforward. The writing seemed better and everything jumped around less. I wish she would have had a bigger part in this novel. In spite of everything, the ending was fabulous.

Overall, this book wasn't what I was expecting, or my usual style, but it was interesting. It definitely wasn't your traditional WWII historical fiction teen story. If you like spy novels and being kept on your toes (aka constantly being tricked,) you should read this one.


  1. This one is on my TBR list and in my possession, but it's outside of my typical genre so I've been putting it off.

    Also, I've nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. Check out my Versatile Blog Award post for details.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


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