Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Review: Code Name Verity

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

What it’s about: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team. (Summary from

What I thought: I loved this book. I’ll start off by admitting I like historical fiction which takes place during World War II, so I may be biased. I took a class in college called ‘Women in War’ so I love reading about the jobs women took during wartime.

After reading this book you feel like you know the two girls. You learn all about their friendship through her confession to the Nazis. I will admit I cried several times. This is a book about World War II and women’s roles in wartime, but more importantly it is a book about friendship. It’s about protecting your friend no matter what it takes.

I like that the book is split into two parts. It lets you hear both girls’ sides of the story, so you have all the pieces in the end. I don’t want to say too much about the book because I don’t want to ruin it. This is the kind of book you need to experience yourself. For me these characters came to life; I recommend this book wholeheartedly.


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