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Review: ‘Code Name Verity’ by Elizabeth E. Wein

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Code Name Verity’ by Elizabeth E. WeinCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Published by Doubleday Canada on May 15th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 343
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
three-stars
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

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

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review

What’s it like to be a girl living in the time of World War 2? And you’ve been kidnapped as a prisoner of war? What happens when you become friends with a Nazi spy? Verity is her name and she’s a British pilot who wants nothing but to fly her planes and spend time with her best friend KittyHawk.

The book is set as a diary of sorts. I always enjoy the diary structure and its insights into the writer’s world. This one was no exception. Written with a detailed explanation of her life, both Verity and KittyHawk write with such honest descriptions that you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported in their world. So many details of airplanes and the like, I was rather bored and even thought that I wouldn’t finish it. Maybe because I’m not a big historical fiction fan, or maybe I was just wishing something integral to happen, but I felt all kinds of lost when the author would switch to third person and first person point of view. I don’t know if other readers felt the same but I would have to re-read certain pages to even understand who I was reading about.

Overall, a wonderful book about friendship, and war Elizabeth Wein writes with a vast the knowledge of the era. One I’m sure she did an amount of extensive research on.


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quotes

It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend. (68)
Now all I can think of is where she is and how much I love her. And I start to cry again. (263)

rating

3/5

three-stars

6 Comments

  1. Jun

    February 26, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Such an interesting books. I love hisfic. Hope it will as good as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
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  2. Brynna

    July 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Interesting review. I’ve heard lots of great things about this book, but haven’t read it yet myself. I’m now a little skeptical of the “having to go back and read parts’ thing. I hate when I have to do that…

  3. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I loooooove historical fiction but I totally agree with you. I mean if I read sentences after sentences about planes I would be bored too. Amazing review G! 😀

  4. Grace Lo

    October 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    I’ve heard a ton of great stuff about the book, and one or two negative reviews, but overall it seems pretty good. It sounds super intense, and I kind of want to pick it out for myself to read, but at the same time I don’t want to end up experiencing trauma at the hands of a couple pieces of bound paper.

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  6. Rebecca (Kindle Fever)

    May 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Great review, I’m really glad you enjoyed it. I’m definitely curious about this one from just reading the blurb, but I’ve been afraid to pick it up for some reason. Probably because it seems like it could be a quite intense read.

  7. Shane @ Itching for Books

    May 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    nice review! i’ve been hearing mixed reactions to this book but i’ll read it for myself to see how i’ll take it.

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