Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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.
HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK.
Wow this book blew me away! It is fantastic as a whole, and every aspect of it is exceptional! It has everything; mystery, history, friendship, laughs, serious heartache, coming-of-age… EVERYTHING I TELL YOU! It is an incredibly self-aware novel, and tells the story in a way that I’m sure you’ve never experienced before.
Let’s talk about the narrative style. The timeline of it is so awesome and different! I won’t tell you the name of the first narrator except to call her Queenie. (and even that name you don’t find out until right away, so sorry!) Queenie jumps from her present to her past via a very cool way: she’s writing a story about her adventures with her friend and co-conspirator Maddie in order to give the Nazis holding her hostage information about the Allies’ aircraft and other intel. But she makes comments about her current predicament and the way the Nazi officers are treating her IN the story she’s writing, so you learn about what’s happening to her while she’s writing.. while she’s writing it! And her story has so many layers! The twists! omg. Just when you think you know everything… more secrets and plot mind-fucks happen. And then BOOM! Maddie starts her story. And let me just say that things are related and heads towards a direction that you never expect. I love it. I’ve never read a story told this way before!
My emotions were so frayed as a result of this book. Not only is it full of females and a “go women!” message that makes me so proud and emotional, but the friendship between Queenie and Maddie, and each girls’ individual personality comes alive and just pops out of the page. I adore them. I felt like I knew them so well while I was reading it! I loved each girls’ voice and what they had to say. There friendship was more than just admirable – it was enviable, sincere, and well-written. It just made sense. And it was such a luxury to read a book that so heavily focused on female friendship. A strong, powerful female friendship at that – one which was tested and passed, and went to some serious extremes.
I will say that the plot will surprise and shock you. The new developments that happen, and the ending especially, are jaw-dropping. And I don’t know that I’ve ever cried so much over a book ending ever. Maybe twice… maybe.
I read this book for my book club, and it was a good one to do for a book club. There’s a lot to talk about: the historical aspect of it, the characters, the writing, the drama. Yeah… lots to dissect/analyze!
My one hold up about this book has to do with a very specific aspect of the writing. The author has a habit of using phrases that are verrrry modern-sounding. And considering the person telling the story is a Scottish teen in the early 1940’s, I don’t think that is appropriate. But considering all of the other amazing aspects of the book, it was easy to let this slide.
Such a powerful, outstanding book. I highly recommend this book to everyone!! Especially lovers of historical fiction, and if you like Young Adult that’s a bit more mature and older adult than usual. But yeah, EVERYONE SHOULD BE READING THIS OUTSTANDING PIECE OF LITERATURE.