25. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Teen Books

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, 452 pages, read by Angie, on 09/25/2012

This book starts with a confession. A confession by a Scottish spy caught in Nazi France. Our spy has caved in to the torture and starvation and given the Nazis codes and planes and airbases. But her confession is not just about the British war effort; it is really about her best friend Maddie and how they came to be in France. Maddie is a bold English lass, a pilot and a mechanic. Our spy is a high-born Scottish miss with a penchant for sarcasm and language. Together their story is one of friendship and love and heroism. Our spy (Queenie/Eva/Julie) gives her confession and tells her story believing that Maddie crashed after delivering her to Oramie, France. She tells her story to buy herself more time before the inevitable.

I have to admit that it took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. Julie’s story is heartbreaking and beautiful. She is a spy so we don’t know if she is telling the truth or just making up this story to stop the torture. Even through all the torture and deprivation she still maintains her wit and humor. Her writing will make you laugh and cry. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone because the end is a great twist, a great and heartbreaking twist. This book will definitely tug your heartstrings. After I was finished I wanted to read it again. I needed to go back over parts of Julie’s story and see the twists. This is a beautifully written story and one I would suggest to anyone.

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