Friday, April 4, 2014

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

5 Stars
An unlikely friendship develops between two women from two very different backgrounds during World War II. One working-class, one upper-crust. One a wireless operator, one a pilot. This is the story of their remarkable encounters and the experiences they endure when the unthinkable happens and one becomes a P.O.W.

Let me begin by stating that Code Name Verity is not a Young Adult novel. Now, don’t get me wrong – don’t discourage the YAs in your life from reading this book. They absolutely should read it. And then you should read it, and their grandparents should read it, and your neighbor should read it, and …. well, you get the picture.

I know it’s only March, but I’ve read a good chunk of books already this year and right now Code Name Verity sits at the top of my list. I’m fairly certain come December 31, this book will remain in the top 10 (or maybe even 5) of the “Best Things I Read In 2014.” It’s nearly perfect. Finally there is a book with not just one but TWO solid female lead characters. They don’t wait for some man to come save the day, they make their own destinies. Girls need to know that girls kick ass.

The setting is brilliant, the plot complex, the action is edge-of-your-seat and the twists are unexpected and thrilling. Read it. Break out of the comfort zone of not reading books set during WWII or not reading Young Adult novels or whatever other of your “nots” this may fall under. You won’t be disappointed.

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