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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: Mini Book Review

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-67657-1
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Fresh, exciting a brilliant change of pace from what I have been reading in YA
  • You will bawl like a little baby & that is a good thing
  • Powerful, strong and realistic female characters that I would proud to have as a daughter
  • Good central message of friendship
  • So many twists and turns and excitement I never wanted to put it down - ok and I didn't that is why I am so tired tonight
  • I literally gasped - totally unexpected moment that crushed me
  • Really felt like I was with them on their journey, I was that emotionally invested in them
  • Nice bibliography at the end for further historical reading 
  • Will make teens want to learn more about this period of history
  • I can't wait to meet Ms Wein at BEA and tell her how much I loved this book - will definitely be promoting this at work, since there are always teens and parents wanting something that doesn't involve Vampires or Dystopian themes
  • Man I wish I had a friendship like this - well without that one situation - but if I told you I would be giving you a serious spoiler!!!
  • Ok kids I don't have the right words to express the wonderfulness of this book - go pick up a copy - you will thank me

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The writing style is jarring at first with Queenie telling her story in Maddie's voice -- but please keep with it - this story sucker punches you
Favorite Quotes

"It's like being in love, discovering your best friend"

"I hate you, Adolf Hilter, you selfish wee beastie of a man, keeping Germany all to yourself.  YOU RUIN EVERYTHING."

"Paul tried desperately to translate and the driver resisted taking advice from a Slip of a Lass or whatever the French is for Slip of a Lass, I'm sure the direct translation in any language is more or less "Featherbrain," as it's what I get called whenver I'm expected not to be able do do whatever it is -fly a plane, load a gun, make a bomb - fix a car - so we lost fifteen minutes arguing."

4.5 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at Chapters Shawnessy - no reason, just was intrigued by the description

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