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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein51. Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

This novel, set in 1943, open with an unnamed narrator who has just been captured by the Nazis. She is writing her confession: to buy more time before her execution, she has agreed to tell her interrogators all the British military secrets she knows. However, she soon digresses into telling the story of Maddie, a working-class British girl who became a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary. The narrator describes both Maddie’s work and her own in their early days of service to the British cause. She relates how they met and how they became best friends. As the narrator’s story progresses, a clearer picture emerges of why she has been imprisoned and what her ultimate fate will be.

This book is so good. It broke my heart – seriously, I was sobbing for the last 60 pages or so – but I absolutely loved it! Since this is a World War II story, I was expecting a certain amount of heartbreak. However, I was on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen to both the narrator and Maddie, because I honestly didn’t know. The book somehow manages to tell a jolly British adventure yarn without ever letting go of the intense emotional gravity of the WWII backdrop. It also reveals a wealth of interesting historical detail about the role of women in British air operations during the period; while it wasn’t a large role, Wein certainly makes the most of it here. I grew to love both of these girls and desperately wished the best for them, even though I knew it was unlikely. I would recommend this book to everyone; do not be deterred by the fact that it’s being marketed as YA! It is absolutely my top read of the year so far. LOVED it.

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catyah
May. 28th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Another fabulous sounding book recommendation from you! I didn't realize that this is a *hot* new book until I went to the library to request it. I'm #45 on the waiting list, but at least I know about this book, thanks to you! :-)
christina_reads
May. 28th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. :) I hope you love it! I had placed a library hold on it ages ago, which is why I was fortunate to read it so quickly!
diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com
May. 29th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
So glad to see you enjoyed this one. My husband bought it for me for Mother's Day, and I can't wait to start it.
christina_reads
May. 29th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Hope you enjoy it!
janicu
May. 29th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
I know! This is one of those books where if someone didn't like it or DNFed it, I am a little sad. I'm so glad you liked it too. There's something amazing about crying at the end and still thinking the book is just wonderful and everyone needs to read it.
christina_reads
May. 31st, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
How could anyone not like this book?! I am shocked.

And while I normally avoid sad books like the plague, this one was so good that I can wholeheartedly recommend it despite the bawling!
janicu
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Same here. :)
aurillia
Jun. 9th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
The premise interests me but I'd read a mostly negative review on GR and so had decided against this one - then I read this and now I'm all confused! But your recommendation is so high - and now I see that Janice liked it too... Well I trust the two of you a lot more than my Goodreads friend (who never seems to like a book, now I come to think of it) so I'll put it back on the mental list. :)
christina_reads
Jun. 21st, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I hope you do decide to read it! I don't normally gush about books, but this one is definitely gush-worthy!
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