Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I AM ABOUT TO FANGIRL ALL OVER.  Hold on to your horses, people.

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. (GoodReads).

I would rather read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein than go to a party. A really fancy one with all my friends and free drinks and party dresses. I would happily stay home from the event of the year to read this book, it is that gorgeous and moving. Even though it left me a puddle of tears standing at the kitchen counter over my dinner--I couldn't even be bothered to move to the table to eat. That is how involved I was in the last 20 pages.

Queenie is described as smart, brave and imaginative, incredibly charming but with a foul mouth, beautiful and capable. Her narration is beautiful in its desperation, her love for Maddie, and the terrible and powerful experience of Nazi-occupied France. I will absolutely reread this book.  And I wish I was amazing enough to be friends with these two ladies.

Originality: 10+. I loved this incredibly intricate story, rooted in fascinating history, but I do not want to give ANYTHING away, because I spent a lot of the second half of the book gasping and feeling satisfied by the complicated plot twists. Also, points for not one but two strong female leads.
Absurdity: -100,000,000.
Level of Paranormal Romance: 0. This is a book about friendship and courage in many forms. There are so many courageous people being brave in this book, it is mind-blowing. It is absolutely about love, but I don't even want to apply a paranormal grading scale to Queenie and Maddie's friendship. They are just so far superior.
Level of Harry-Potter-ness: 9. This book stuck with me, keeping me up late thinking through the heartbreak and friendship and the conspiracies. I do not kid when I say I called by boyfriend at midnight and said "What would you do if I was a spy captured by the Nazis? Would I be a good, brave spy? PS I LOVE YOU."  This book makes you FEEL big feelings. Maddie and Queenie's friendship is inspiring and heartbreaking. This is a true tribute to the J.K. Rowling grading scale of books that linger in your mind. Fabulous!


  1. I do have this book on my shelves (I got a copy at BEA) and I really want to read it! It's just so hard to make time for all the books I want to read! I want to read a book that makes me feel big feelings!

  2. Praise after praise after praise for this book. Have not read ONE negative thing about this book. Obviously, being a fan of historical fiction novels anyway this one has been high on my wishlist. Love this review!

  3. I've only ever heard wonderful things about this book. It sounds like one of those that just makes you FEEL so much (which is incredibly rare nowadays). I dig historical fiction and haven't read too much set in the WW2 time frame so I'm eager to pick up a copy and give it a go!

  4. Wow, I am definitely adding this to my Must-Read-Soon list! :) Your review was great and I could feel your excitement! Thank you for sharing!

  5. *grabs GS and jump hugs with her* YES x 10000000 I spent the end of this book crying so hard, this is my favourite book of 2012 and one of my fave books EVER! I loved those girls so much and like you, I wish I could be their friend, too

    p.s KISS ME, QUICK! *sob*

    1. KINDRED READING SPIRITS, you and me :-)

  6. I still haven't finished this. I have to be in the right frame of mind and when I was reading part one, I would literally think about it while driving and start sobbing while driving 80 mph on a busy highway.

  7. I love this book so much! I keep forcing it on people :)


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