Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Rating: 4 stars
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "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.

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York TimesCode Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other."

Review: I have a weakness for historical fiction.  Especially when it's set in WWII.  So I was admittedly predisposed to like this book.  But even if I didn't like historical fiction and was completely uninterested in WWII I think this book would still have won me over.  Julia and Maddie really are a sensational team.  It says a lot when a novel can make you laugh and cry on the same page.  The characters were all fully developed, even the gestapo interrogators, who would have been really easy to stereotype.  Definitely worth the read, and the broken heart that will come with reading this affecting and beautiful story of bravery, strength, and friendship. I knocked off a star because I felt it was slow in some sections, but I'm so glad I persisted. It's one of those stories that you haven't really experienced unless you've finished it.


  1. Just finished it (review on goodreads). GOOD HEAVENS ABOVE, I loved this book. Didn't quite get 5 stars for the same complaints you had (I thought it started off much too slow) but I'm so glad you recommended this and recommended persisting. LOVED this one. Good recommendation, Mel!

    1. Yay!! So glad you liked it too! Maddie and Julia tore a chunk out of my heart, but it was worth it to hear their story.


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