BOOK HUNGRY: code name verity

who says you have to be crowded into the living room, kitchen, and/or dining room to hold a book club? we are ladies of the 21st century. we don’t need no stinkin’ couches. so pull up a blog and join in the conversation.

the members of the BOOK HUNGRY are (alphabetically): patty blount, kelly breakey, karla nellenbachand myself. we pick a book to read. we discuss via email/phone. we post a review on our individual blogs on the same day (3rd thursday of the month). we link to each other. done. i know, genius. click on each one of their names (above) and it’ll take you to their review. browse. enjoy.

(editor’s note: we’ve gotten a bit off track lately and so just discussed this book last week. this book was so unusual and so awesome (per my opinion), i figured i’d still post my review, even though the others aren’t. if you have read this or will read this, let me know what you think!)

this month’s BOOK HUNGRY selection is: 

CODE NAME VERITY by elizabeth wein

what it’s about from amazon: 

Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

my opinion: oh wow.

you think you know, but you don’t. not really. not until the very last page.

and this is a book that sticks with you, like a best friend would do. whispering its secrets late into the night. unraveling the truth one layer at a time.

it’s not what you’re expecting.

but it’s exactly right.

you’re given all the necessary information, but in a sneaky way. exactly how a spy should work.

then there’s the girls’ friendship. their bravery. their intelligence. their charisma. it all leaps off the page and wraps itself around you, holding you tight, keeping you warm, despite the depths and horrors happening.

each girl is strong and individual, but together, their friendship creates something powerful.

this is unlike anything i’ve ever read read.

this is something you should read.

p.s. as if that’s not enough to convince you, i first read this book when i borrowed it from the library. i then went out and bought myself a copy because it’s one i’ll be (re)reading for years to come.

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