If you’ve seen the reviews for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, you know that I can’t tell you anything about this book without giving away part of the story line. Even commenting a little on how the book is structured could be a spoiler. So I have this to say, like many others before me: JUST READ THIS BOOK.
If you’re planning to pick up this title, stop reading this post now. Just click right over to another page, like one about me stripping wallpaper. Really.
If you’re not going to read the book (and what a fool you are!), let me say that this is one of the best female adventure/friendship stories I have ever read. It goes so far beyond that – it reads as so real – that you will still be thinking about it days later, as I am. It is intricately and fiendishly woven, this book about courage and friendship and the freedom of flight and the ghastly extremes of war.
If you read it on a Kindle and do not pay attention to the percentage of the book remaining, as I did, you will get to the end of the first part and breathlessly think “What an amazing book,” and then realize that THERE’S MORE and not know if you’re delighted or apprehensive, and then realize that you are both. There’s more! But will it be a let down after part one? And then…no. Part one stands on its own and yet part two is essential.
If you’re like me, you will immediately order a printed copy to keep forever. And to send to your 14-year-old god daughter. And to give to your mom.