Code Name Verity is a book I've wanted to read since it was awarded a Printz Honor in 2013. I begged and pleaded for enough copies to be added to our libraries' collection so we could discuss it for my Young @ Heart bookclub and we finally got to read and discuss it for our May meeting! Most of our book selections for bookclub are fairly easy reading and comprehension level, and usually suck you in from the get go. These are some of the reasons that I devour YA books so frequently! I need to be hooked and inhale the book. This book does NOT fall in that category. I likened it to trudging through knee deep mud in your big brother's size 13 boots. I spent so much time reading this 330 page book. But it was so, so worth it.
If you're in to history (or even if you're not!), and you want a book that will make you think and properly digest the information you are given, this is absolutely for you. But be aware that it is fairly slow moving, PUSH ONWARD WHEN YOU WANT TO GIVE UP. :)
My rating: 4.5 stars
P.S. The follow up book Rose Under Fire
came out this winter and is supposed to be just as great. I need to get to it asap!
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.