Monday, October 1, 2012

Code Name Verity

Code Name VerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

On the library stacks: YA Fiction
AR Reading Level: 6.5

This book is getting a lot of great press, so my book club chose it for our September read. It is the story of two girls who become best friends during World War II. Maddie is pilot who drops her friend Verity off in France for a mission and then crashes her plane. Verity is a spy who gets apprehended by the Gestapo.

This book is the hardest book for me to rate and review this year. There were things about it I really loved and then other things I really didn't love. I found it incredibly slow reading. I seemed to shut down while I was reading it and I didn't have a strong desire to pick it back up. But, the writing was really phenomenal. So phenomenal in fact, that the whole story gave me nightmares.

I think the story just got a little overwhelming for me. (The author does admit at the end that it got a little out of hand.) While it is theoretically possible, the story just isn't really plausible for the time period. But it includes a lot of great elements that make it a compelling tale. I just have really mixed feelings about it.

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Source: Library


bermudaonion said...

I've read mixed reviews of this one so you're not alone in your feelings. How did the rest of your book club like it?

Thoughts of Joy said...

I didn't like this one, but thanks for the link-love.

Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Oh no!! I'm so sorry this was such a complicated (liked it/didn't like it) read. Still my favorite of this year.
Thanks for the shout out!