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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. He...more
Hardcover, US edition, 343 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion (first published February 6th 2012)
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Katie Montgomery
Page 2: DAMN this book is good.
Page 25: GODDAMN this book is good.
Page 60: This may be the best WW II novel I've ever read. EVER. SUCK IT, HEMINGWAY.
Page 68: Crying.
Page 70: Laughing.
Page 113: Biting freshly manicured fingernails to smithereens DAMNIT WEIN I PAID FORTY DOLLARS FOR THESE NAILS.
Page 150: Okay, so, I have to pee, but I really don't want to have to stop reading. This could get uncomfortable.
Page 200: *THUMP* "Um, Katie, you OK up there?" "... It's cool. I just fell out of bed."
Page...more
Emily May


I have a feeling I'm not going to be very popular by posting this review, everyone seems to love this book so far and I feel more disappointed in myself and my tastes than the novel or the author. Code Name Verity is one of those books that are the reason why I created the shelf its-me-not-you. I mentioned this very recently in my review of The Book Of Blood And Shadow and it is also similar to the experience I had trying to read The Book Thief and Feed. I just found 90% of the book long-winded...more
Maggie Stiefvater
I’ll confess right up front that I’m not usually a big historical fiction fan. I realize this seems somewhat hypocritical of me, as I was a history major in college and adore history, but a lot of times, I find historical fiction more impenetrable than a primary source document. The characters either don’t feel like real people to me, or they feel like modern people to me. I get distracted by historical info-dumps and bored by epic scale machinations. Basically, I like my historical fiction very...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Reviewing this book feels much like walking through a minefield. (Not that I know what that feels like, but I can imagine, you know.) On the one hand, I can’t reveal too much of the plot. I can’t reveal almost anything, really, lest I ruin the experience for you guys. On the other hand, I have to write just enough to make you want to pick this book up because it’s one you don’t want to miss. Trust me. I suppose I could just point you to Maggie Stiefvater’s wonderful review and leave it to her to...more
Maggie
Dec 04, 2013 Maggie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of The English Patient :)
Recommended to Maggie by: Chachic
Do you remember when The English Patient came out? Or rather, do you remember when the Seinfeld episode about The English Patient came out? (Elaine goes to see it and HATES it, and is either shunned or dragged back to the theater to rewatch because everyone else loves it. She ends up getting sent to Tunisia by her boss, J. Peterman, because the movie was filmed there. Cameo by Holly the waitress/witch from True Blood playing a waitress.)

I'm usually Elaine in these situations, so I worried a litt...more
Jo
A note: This review is going to be a bit vague because I really, really, reallyreally don’t want to spoil this book for anyone. Because oh my gosh….

A note on the note: This review really is going to be vague unlike all my other ‘vague’ reviews which go on for about a year.

The first thing I did after I finished reading this book was to pick up my phone and text my best friend, who I have known since I was eleven and has been there through every single one of my problems and ill-advised fringes,...more
jo
this book.

everyone on goodreads, stymied by the impossible task of saying anything about what happens in this book without giving away the entirety of it, sputters and stutters and eventually says, READ IT. read it read it read it readit readit readitreaditreadit PLEASE READ IT

there's moira's lovely review but most of it is blacked out. read it for the enthusiasm and sense of wonderment. come back to it after you've read the book and click the spoiler link so you can have the book explained to...more
karen
i loved this book, don't get me wrong. it has great characters and is well-researched and detailed and every scene comes alive and pops with tension and it also has all that slippery writing that i really appreciate. but how fans are practically burning effigies of veronica roth for the feels she made them feel or whatever, while this book is Beloved By All is beyond me. this book definitely has more problematic feels.

but - a great book, which will not be ruined by me with a more detailed review...more
Rick Riordan
My final foray into World War II territory (for now, anyway) is Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity, a young adult novel which really defies description, but I'll try. At its heart, Code Name Verity is the story of two young British women, Maddie and Queenie (or Julie), who undertake a secret mission behind enemy lines in Occupied France in 1943. The novel begins as a confession being written by Queenie while being held as a prisoner of the Gestapo. Clearly, her mission has gone terribly wrong. Qu...more
Moira Russell
Wow, I'm still pretty gutted hours after finishing it. I don't really know if I can write a coherent review here; I might try later. I mainly want to go out and press this on complete strangers. Read it, now, and for GOD'S SAKE don't let anyone spoil you about any aspect of the plot. There are no kidding about four or five major plot twists, with no cheating -- they're all carefully foreshadowed and clues are dropped (there's even an in-character reference to this right at the beginning!) and it...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This is one of those books that's almost impossible to talk about without revealing plot elements, and that's most enjoyable to discover as you go. So, if you think you'd like a young-adult novel starring two women--one a pilot, one an intelligence officer--in WWII, and you don't like spoilers, you should probably avoid all reviews (mine included) and just read it.

Now for the review.

Overall, Code Name Verity is an enjoyable book. The story is gripping, with tension and danger throughout--natural...more
TheBookSmugglers
1943, England and France. Maddie and her best friend Queenie (“Verity”) are a sensational team, a pair of unlikely best friends. One: an English commoner, a pilot for the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) with a passion for flying and a penchant for mechanics. Two: a Scottish aristocrat, a spy with a way with words, working with the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Both: doing their part for the British War Effort.

No. No, no, no. Wait a minute. I am doing this wrong. Let me start again.

It starts...more
Tatiana
May 07, 2012 Tatiana marked it as abandoned
Recommended to Tatiana by: definitely not Emily
I am quite surprised this novel got as many 5-star reviews as it did, because this book requires its reader to have a fair amount of interest in piloting, even before he/she can start appreciating the writing itself. In short, the things that Code Name Verity is about - pilots, planes, radios, engineering, war - are the things I evidently have no interest in. Or, alternatively, it's written in a not very engaging way. Surprised this is so well received, very surprised.
Chris
There is something lacking in war stories that make it to television. We have great battle epics, such as appear on HBO, and we have the rescue stories that appear everywhere. Understandably the battle epics focus on men; what women appear are wives, girlfriends, mothers, nurses, victims. The rescue stories tend to focus more on women rescuers, possibly to make up for the lack of women in the battle stories. I don’t know. And this is true even when the film is not about WW II. Look at Birdsong,...more
Reynje
Among my Goodreads friends, Code Name Verity seems to fall very clearly into two categories: "Not for me" and "True love 5ever!". There are actually very few people I know who sit in between these.

When I first attempted Code Name Verity, I thought I was Camp A. Upon second attempt, turns out I'm Camp B. Which actually isn't all that surprising considering my love of war history, unreliable narrators etc.

Anyway, review to come, eventually..

Until then: KISS ME, HARDY!
Ash Wednesday
4 STARS

I have very mixed feelings about this book. But at the end of the day, I did enjoy it.

I think I was expecting a different progression of the story, got a wee bit disappointed midway through then was adequately satisfied with how things wrapped up. Not blown away in the level I was expecting I suppose, but it did reach me someplace unnameable. I think more than anything I loved how this was a book about extraordinary women doing extraordinary things during extraordinary times.

This is not...more
Jasprit
May 21, 2012 Jasprit rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jasprit by: Maja, Devyani
Gosh I have no idea where to start this book; I’m not typically an historical fiction fan, and the only books I’ve read which are “war related” were the ones I was forced to read for my war module for my A2 English lit course and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak which had me endlessly sobbing. So I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book.

Code Name Verity was really tough to get into, I would read a few pages, stop, read another few pages, get distracted by another book then try to...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Like everyone else who's reviewed this book, I'm hesitant to say very much about it. So you're getting the review in GIF form that's all the rage right now.

Let me be clear: this book deserves SO MUCH BETTER than the review I'm going to give it. I can't believe how many five stars I've been giving lately, but honestly, they all deserve it, and none more so than Code Name Verity and Elizabeth Wein. This book is stunning, and hard, and totally different than anything you will find on the YA bookshe...more
Giselle
Did not finish Read 70%.
I knew this was over my comfort zone to begin with. But I wanted to give it a try as it does sound like a good story - and it is, it was just too much for me. Too much piloting and plane details I didn't get. Too many war specifics that I didn't completely understand. I can easily see that if you can get into it it would be a fantastic novel, though. The narration is wonderful and the reason I kept reading so long. So don't dismiss it on my account.
April
Sometimes when I read, it feels like a book has reached down into my soul and pulled out something I didn’t even know was there. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is one of those books. I may not have sobbed buckets upon finishing, but I left Code Name Verity changed just a little bit, where it counts.
Read the rest of my review here
Heidi
4.5 Stars.

Originally reviewed here.

I don’t know how to write this review. It seems to be a lot like Fight Club. The first rule of Code Name Verity is you don’t talk about Code Name Verity. But I shall try.

My feelings toward Code Name Verity are somewhat of a Catch 22. I would have never heard of this book if I hadn’t seen some amazing reviews, but if I hadn’t read such amazing reviews, I would have approached with an even greater air of mystery and no expectations. It’s not that I didn’t greatly...more
Chachic
Originally posted here.

Elizabeth Wein is one of my favorite authors and I was thrilled when I discovered that she's releasing a new book this year, even if it's not one of her Aksumite books. Code Name Verity is one of my most anticipated 2012 titles. It's already available from the Book Depository and will be released in the US in May. Before I started reading this, I was warned by the author herself to have a box of tissues within reach. I'm usually not a fan of war novels but since I will rea...more
Maciek
It takes a lot to impress me in a novel about World War 2, which is the reason why I wasn't mad about this book like 99& of those who read it. Perhaps it is the difference in experiences that divide me and them - I grew up in a country where the war has left a definite mark, and where people still remember it and mourn its victims. You can still find old houses with bullet holes, and every other street has a memorial plague remembering dozens of underground resistance and innocent civilians...more
Marie Lu
One of two books this year to make me cry--I mean, tears-pouring-down-my-face cry. Queenie and Maddie are the best character duo ever. Oh god, my heart still hurts.
R.j.
I already knew that I loved Elizabeth Wein's books after reading her Telemakos series (seriously, a lot more people need to read THE SUNBIRD / THE LION HUNTERS / THE EMPTY KINGDOM, especially fans of Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia series and Elizabeth C. Bunce's Digger books), but even I was unprepared for how completely this amazing novel worked its way into my mind and heart. It is smart and beautifully researched and real and heartfelt, with lovely writing and sympathetic yet believably flawed...more
AH
Excellent! 5+ stars.


You know that you’ve read a powerful book when you still think about it days after you’ve finished reading. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is such a book. It is an intense read set against the backdrop of World War II England and occupied France.

To fully enjoy Code Name Verity, avoid all spoilers. Do not skip ahead; do not peek at the end. Have a supply of tissues ready; you will need them. Read this book slowly to savor that Scottish girl’s defiance and her sense of hum...more
First Second Books
I’m the first to admit that I find England during World War II fascinating – Michelle Magorian’s fiction about evacuated children is still a favorite. So I expected this teen WWII spy novel set in England to strike a chord (especially as it’s by Elizabeth Wein, who in the past has managed to write Arthurian fantasy and make it novel, a feat I had thought impossible), and it did, in spades.

This book is remarkable.

First: it’s a girl story, about two girls involved in the war effort during WWII....more
Kelly
Just check out the other reviews of this book before you start reading this one. If you have the same friends I do, there are a whole lot of responses that, for all their words, seem to be, essentially, wordless, speechless, breathless. There’s a “ ... “ where all the detailed discussion of plot, character, writing technique, specific scenes and personal preferences should be. It’s fascinating- it’s like a little secret garden has grown up around this book, and the only key is to read it. And th...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
May 01, 2012 Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker by: AH
Wow. What a great mess of a book. Don't try to figure it out, sit back and read it. The 2nd part was heartbreaking. The twists had me rereading parts just to make sure I read it correctly. I flew through the 2nd half. Even knowing what I knew, I was hoping against hope that what I knew was wrong (is that cryptic enough for you).

This isn't a book for everyone. What was driving me crazy became clear to me towards the end and it was at that point, I refused to put the book down.

I did not cry. How...more
Monica Edinger
Absolutely extraordinary. This story of friendship and war is over-the-top wonderful. The writing in every way is gorgeous from the elegant development of the young women to the setting to the remarkable plotting. It took me some time to read because it is harrowing in parts and I could only take that in small doses. A unique, completely original, and brillant work. My blog review.
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