01. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Historical Fiction, Teen Books

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, 343 pages, read by Courtney, on 07/31/2012

Oh. Wow. This book is amazing. Genuinely amazing. I’m not even a huge fan of historical fiction or war novels, but this completely grabbed me and still hasn’t really let go. I felt compelled to check it out due to the bevy of starred reviews and found that each and every one of those stars is well-earned.
The story opens with a young Scottish woman (“Verity”/”Eva”/Julie) who is a Special Operations Executive that has been captured by Germans after crash landing in occupied France. She has been charged with writing out a full confession and agrees to do so in order to buy herself time. Interspersed with her “confessions” is the the story of her friendship with another young woman, Maddie, a WAAF/ATA pilot. As the novel-like confession progresses, we catch glimpses of the conditions that Julie is being kept in. She is tortured and starved, but never loses her sardonic sense of humor. She remains defiant in even the most extreme circumstances.
Just when you think that you know what’s going on, the narrative shifts and the real magic happens. I’m not going to spoil it, however. I would encourage just about everyone I know to pick this book up and dig in. The characters are timeless, brave and smart. The writing is exquisite. The pace, unrelenting. I loved this book through and through. Just go read it already!

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