Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity  - Elizabeth Wein

I wasn't as blown away or wowed by this book as some people were. Yes this was a really good book but when I finished it I didn't feel overwhelming emotion and connection that I usually feel from a great book. This was advertised as a "mind game of a novel" and I just kept waiting for something that would blow my mind and while there were some great twists I wouldn't really call it a mind game of a novel.


Geez that first paragraph makes me seem like I hated it, but I didn't, I just feel like it couldn't live up to all the hype I had seen. This was a really good book that was beautifully written with characters that you can't help but fall in love with and hope that they somehow make it through this situation that they are in.


I loved that one of the two main girls of this book was code named Verity. You don't really understand how that really connects into everything until part two of the book. The first part of the book was all about Verity and telling her truth to her interrogators. She tells them her truth but is it really the truth that they want?


I loved Verity's (I will call her by her code name even though she goes by many names in this book) friendship with Maddie (she also goes by a few names throughout this book but I will be using her real name). These girls develop an extremely strong friendship while doing their efforts for the war and once they become separated you see just how far they will go to protect each other. I enjoyed getting to read both of their sides to this story.


The events towards the end were heartbreaking. Honestly I had been hoping for this big ending that would magically become a happy ending but that is not what happened. It was actually a bittersweet ending and I thought I would have been sobbing but I wasn't. I am surprised that this was a young adult book because there are some pretty horrific events in this. I would recommend this book to people who like WWII historical fiction.