Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein {Delightfully Bookwormish}

Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Adult Fiction; Historical Fiction

The Recipe: (description from Goodreads) Oct. 11th, 1943--A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 

The Frosting and Sprinkles: I love good, historically accurate historical fiction and this novel definitely fits the bill. 

The main characters, Maddie and Verity, are wonderfully well-written and deep characters. Any girl can relate to them-they are average girls and yet they do extraordinary things when faced with real struggles. Although they are very different, both characters are very lovable. I couldn't help feeling like I knew them.

The secondary characters are also very fascinating and layered, though the book does not focus on them.

Wein weaves a compelling and beautifully written story  of friendship, loyalty, and greater good which manages to be simultaneously humorous and heart-breaking. It paints a realistic picture of war and how people react to the choices they are faced with during wartime. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh out loud, have you sobbing so much that the pages become too blurry to read, but end with your heart full of warmth.

There are no silly love triangles which seem to run rampant in YA novels these days. Yea! In fact, there's no romance (except maybe a slight hint of a possible one... or maybe I'm just being too hopeful :-)) It's about two girls and their real, true friendship.

So, basically, I loved it.

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: This should NOT keep you from reading this book, but I did find one or two parts slightly hard to get through because of all the technical pilot jargon. Being a pilot herself, Wein couldn't help show off her expertise. So, I found myself skimming a couple of pages, which is why I couldn't give this book a full five cupcakes.

My Rating: 

4 1/2 Our of 5 Cupcakes 
(I really, really liked it)



  1. And you have your wonderful spectacular sister to thank. :)

    I also have hopes for that hint of a romance.

    1. Ha! Of course! Oh good, then I wasn't reading into it too much. :-)


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