Quickie Book Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity is one of those books that makes me wonder why certain novels get marketed as young adult fiction. In my mind, and on my bookshelves, it just goes on the shelf marked Incredibly Well-Written and Moving Fiction. So there! It will be in very good company, right next to The Book Thief and The Fault In Our Stars, two other so-called YA novels that anyone with any sense ought to read immediately.

Code Name Verity is breathtaking, suspenseful, emotional, and even funny at times. I don’t want to give anything away, but here are the bare bones: This is the story of two young women who manage to find a friendship that elevates them above the harshness of life in wartime. Set in England and France during WWII, Code Name Verity… well, dammit, just read the book! You’re better off starting with a clean slate and not knowing anything before you read it.

Suffice it to say, I was blown away and couldn’t put it down. I took the book out of the library after reading a glowing review, but I think I’ll have to quickly purchase my own copy so I can re-read it at leisure.

Why a quickie book review? It’s simple, really: A) I loved this book and want everyone to know!, and B) this is a book better appreciated with no foreknowledge, so the less said the better.


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