An Honest Report on Code Name Verity: It Soars Above Expectations!

code name verity20th January, 2020

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Truly, this is one of the best WW2 books I’ve ever read. Saying that this reveals the realities of being a war time spy and pilot fails to do it justice- for what this story really manages to record is the untold depths of real friendship.

audiobook2The first thing I need to state for the record is that the audiobook was excellent. Both performers were *on point*. I felt they captured the voicey nature of the writing and gave a strong sense of setting through their acting. They brought the vivid characters to life with their delivery- capturing every little piece of their personalities, from Verity’s wry humour to Maddy’s goodness. I also really appreciated their regional accents! (actually, that’s just one example of the authenticity here)

Second on the agenda: this was an exceptionally well written novel. I loved how it was structured- giving us clues and then decoding the narrative. I also really liked the construct of confessions and reports- complete with interjections. It added so many layers to the story, showing that the truth is not always so straightforward. Annnd I have to be careful with my words, because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Plot-wise, this was terrifically thrilling. It flew from intense descriptions and emotional moments, right into action. Employing all kinds of tricks and turns- so you never knew what was going to hit you next. While it was possible to predict the ending, you were only given a glimpse from a bird’s eye view. By the time it was upon me, my heart was already freewheeling towards the ground.

Most of all, however, I wasn’t expecting this book to have quite as much depth as it did. For it didn’t just make me feel, it made me think as well. It dealt with complex issues in a way I rarely see in YA.

This was honestly wonderful. I just can’t keep my feelings for this book a secret; I love everything about it (even the author’s afterword!) And that’s all there is to say about it.

“Kiss me Hardy!”

– O. L.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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So, have you read Code Name Verity? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

17 thoughts on “An Honest Report on Code Name Verity: It Soars Above Expectations!

  1. Code Name Verity is one of my all-time favourite books. I’m so thrilled that you loved it too! It really does have a maturity that isn’t always there in YA. I’m not big on WWII books, but this one just blew me away and I love that it’s so centered on female friendship!

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    1. It really was. Hmm I’d personally say it’s a little dark and graphic for a lot of younger teens, as it involves someone being captured and tortured by the Nazis, but it really depends on their level of squeamishness (I guess I’ve read books for younger teens that have similar topics/issues).

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  2. This book, this book, this book!!! I read it when I was in high school and it literally changed my life. “Fly the plane Maddy” became one of my own personal mantras that I still use to this day when I am terrified but am still going to do the brave thing anyway. I love this book and I’m so glad you feel the same way ❤ ❤ ❤ Wonderful review!!

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  3. Beautiful review! I love this book so much. I ended up listening to the audiobook a couple of years after reading it for the first time, and it blew me away with how great the narrators were. (It was also a little embarrassing, because I listen to audiobooks while out on walks, and I probably looked ridiculous crying while walking!)

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