- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Canada (May 7 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385676573
- ISBN-13: 978-0385676571
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Code Name Verity Paperback – May 7 2013
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PRAISE FOR Code Name Verity:
"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." --Starred Reviews, Kirkus Reviews
"[Code Name Verity] is outstanding in all its features—its warm, ebullient characterization; its engagement with historical facts; its ingenious plot and dramatic suspense; and its intelligent, vivid writing." --Starred Review, The Horn Book
"A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review
"This heart-in-your-mouth adventure has it all: a complex plot, a vivid sense of place and time, and resonant themes of friendship and courage." --The Washington Post
"If you pick up this book, it will be some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down. . . . Both crushingly sad and hugely inspirational, this plausible, unsentimental novel will thoroughly move even the most cynical of readers." --Booklist
"[A] beautiful thriller about friendship, courage and daring at a desperate time." --The Star Phoenix
"[A] story that will simultaneously rip your heart in two and then patch it back together again. The whole thing is wrought with the overwhelming love of [two] best friends. . . . when you reach the end you’ll wonder how on earth such a wonderful and clever story was ever woven together." --The Book Wars
"Made up of equal parts Nancy Drew, Girl Scout and Steve McQueen, these girls show just how much they took on, and how much they were capable of doing, during the war while the men were away. . . . Suffice it to say that if you are a fan of intrigue, war and strong females. . . you will not be disappointed." --Ink and Page
About the Author
ELIZABETH WEIN was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica, and Pennsylvania. She has her pilot's license, and it is her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity.
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It's heart wenching and beautiful and I recommend it just on the fact it will pull on your heart strings.
This book has it all ... intrigue, guts, glory, pain, love, friendship, heartache, Nazi spies, British spies, fighter pilots. I loved both Julie aka Queenie aka Verity and Maggie aka Kittyhawk. The book is divided in two parts - Verity's version and then Kittyhawk's version. I cried at the end ... while Maggie was crying so was I. I can't believe that these two characters could get under my skin so quickly, but they did. This was a great read.
Although this story is set in World War II, it's really a story about two girls who become best friends and what was most likely the period in their life that had the great impact on them. It's also written in journal format, which is something I've mentioned before that I never seem to take to well as a reader. But the story itself is a beautiful tale that leaves a mark on your heart.
Reasons to Read:
1.Lively, endearing characters:
Maddie and Queenie are two of the most incredible characters I have ever read about; their personalities literally jump off the pages, and they're just fantastic young women to read about. They're so realistic and familiar, that it's hard to believe that they're no more than fiction. Queenie, especially, was one character that I found totally endearing and striking. The choices she makes, the stories she tells... she's one character you WON'T forget soon. And Maddie is equally brave, in her own unique-Maddie way. Gah, I love these two so much!
2.An ending that'll make you go "WHAT?!":
Yeah, it' sone of THOSE endings. I mean, you kind of figure that you know what to expect... but it's still so heartbreaking and momentous and just THERE, and you really don't want it to happen. Yet, it's shocking all on its own. It's a good thing though, I mean, I loved it even though it made me tear up a bit too. It's a good book with feeling is what I'm trying to say, I suppose.
3.An interesing perspective of WW2:
And that ending? I won't spoil anything, but I think it does a noteworthy job (as does the book) of offering us readers a very interesting perspective of World War II, one that we wouldn't often get to see. I mean, I don't think I've ever seen a movie or read a book that deals with female pilots or wireless operatives. But on top of that, Queenie and Maddie aren't overly concerned with the war. They're concerned with doing their jobs properly and of meeting their expectations, but we also get to see all the little ways in which a war like this tears peoples' lives apart. Beautiful and tragic, all at the same time.
But I have to warn you that I struggled with the first half of the book. Queenie was easily my favourite character and I loved what she had to say, but I found the way it was written to be difficult to stick with. As I already mentioned, I'm not one to enjoy reading journal entries - I always find it lacking as a method of narration, because we only get to read what that person is writing down on paper. And it almost feels anti-climatic since everything said is being described after the fact and upon further reflection by an individual. Plus, I found Code Name Verity even more difficult to read as a journal because while Queenie's writing it, she's writing it from the perspective of her friend Maddie. Or, what she thinks Maddie's perspective/story would be and how to best tell it.
People told me to stick with it and keep reading and HOW GLAD AM I THAT I DID JUST THAT. I honestly would have felt like I missed out on one of the books of the year had I not finished this one. But I really enjoy historical fiction and this one is great- right down to the writing style and character voices/slang used. Another fair warning though: there's a lot of talk of airplanes and flying that went way over my head. A lot of it. I think it's more so to set an atmosphere and get into the character's heads but it can drag on to read about.
And I should add that by the time I finishd the book I realized that the journal style was necessary for the set up of the story; I can't fathom any other way that it would've worked as well as it did.
This books is one of the few that gets better after you read it. The way it sinks in, and you can't get it out of your head. It isn't a book that you finish and forget about immediately afterwards.
ARC/e-galley received from Random House Canada for review.
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