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Also Known As (Also Known As #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  4,730 ratings  ·  722 reviews
Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three di...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I sat back in my chair and sighed. “I have to seduce someone,” I announced to my parents. “High school is already destroying my moral code and I haven’t even set foot on the campus yet.”

My mom peeked at my dossier. “I think ‘befriend’ is the word you’re looking for,” she said after a minute.

Sometimes she’s no fun.
This book was a fucking blast. Every other page had me giggling. I can't even remember the last time I gave anything a 5. This book is about a female sleuth. You might be expecting Nan...more
First of all, I want to say 'I LOVE YOU STEPHANIE PERKINS!' (for recommending this book on her blog. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't even have heard about this book.)

"French is one of the romance languages after all."
(-Said a girl who kissed a guy in a French class after they were caught doing so by the French teacher.)

I learned more about spies from reading this one book as compared to my entire life. I completed reading this book at about 3:00 something AM (because the idea of sleep becomes in...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
One thing that can really grab me in a book is the dialogue. If the dialogue is really good I will let some of the plot stuff slide since I’m having such a fun time reading through the characters conversations. I LOVED the hilarious dialogue in this book. Also, I want a teenager to sound like a teenager; I don’t need them to be sophisticated, there should be a general silliness to them as they are discovering language and how to communicate the abundance of new emotions and experiences. This boo...more
Spy Society (or Also Known As, as it is also titled) is a spy novel without really being a spy novel at all.

It’s a wonderfully warm contemporary read – less about the mystery, the espionage, the deeper workings of the mission, and more about identity, relationships and friendship. The characters are seriously delightful, the humour is INFECTIOUS (really - a lot of mad grinning on my part), and the romance is pure and utter cuteness.

It’s essentially exactly what I needed; something light and fu...more
Howdy YAL
Feb 27, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gallagher Girls/Gilmore Girls
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: Me
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I like books about spies. Maybe it's because I watch a profuse amount of spy shows or I just find James Bond to be hot (the British accent does something to me, ya'll). I really don't know what it is, but whenever there's a spy oriented book in YA I just have to grab it. And that's why I requested Also Known As from NetGalley. And thankfully, they answered my request with a yes.

This is a weird book for me to review. If you talked to me after I finished the first thi...more
Lottie Eve
Also Known As was an incredibly fun novel. I didn’t expect all the laughs I got from it. I throughly enjoy the novel and I do not regret reading it. Also Known As exceeded my expectations but only as a novel. As a SPY novel, however, Also Known As leaves much to be desired.

Awhile this novel is about a teenage spy there is not much espionage going on throughout the story. Maggie does crack a few safes and locks here and there but there are things that I expect to be in a spy novel that were not i...more
Many people judge whether they like a book or not based on several factors like the character development, world building and what-not. Don't get me wrong, all these things are important. But when it comes to me the only things that matter are how I feel while reading the book and after reading the book. If it can make me laugh like a maniac or better yet make me cry - and believe me that does not happen often. I don't cry easily and I definitely don't bawl. I might get all choked up and spill a...more
Jasmine Rose
Also Known As is a super cute read. (Has anyone else noticed that I tend to start off my reviews with weird sentences?)

The spy aspect of the story was neat. It didn't feel too over the top and I love that Maggie was all about just picking locks and didn't use a bunch of gadgets and whatnot. It felt way more believable than the the movies that involve lots of rappelling and acrobatics to avoid lasers. More believable = easier to stay in the story.

The romance is freaking adorable. I love that Jess...more
I am solidly in the camp that as an author, Robin Benway can do no wrong. Also Known As was the third book I’ve read by Benway, and like her previous two it was an absolute hit with me. Also? Holy moly I was clicking the pages so fast (I read this on my Kindle on the bike). Benway brings her trade mark humor and sass to her latest story of spies, espionage and boo, high school with Also Known As. Seriously, if you aren’t already on the bandwagon of RB love, you will be after reading this book, i...more
Kate Sherwood
I wanted to like this one more than I did.

The characters are fun. Very 'My So-Called Life'-esque, but unfortunately without the little dagger-thrusts of depth and truth that the TV show managed to throw in. The characters in the book are like the TV characters were on the surface, without the depth. So, likeable, but not world-changing.

The set-up and plot were stupid. I was prepared to go into it all with my disbelief suspended, but it just went TOO FAR stupid. The MC is a safe-cracking prodigy....more
Almost nine months through the year, and Also Known As is still one of the biggest surprises. I expected, and got, a light, fun, cutesy read, but I also found myself thoroughly charmed by the characters and relationships. Maggie is a great heroine – smart, funny, sarcastic, and ultimately very caring. She’s used to cracking safes and solving crimes with her parents, but when it comes to having genuine relationships she’s lonely and unsure. She knows she’s not supposed to grow attached to anyone,...more
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
...I had a shiny new plan.

And like most of my plans, it involved deviousness, blatant lying, and coffee.

I started with the coffee first.

About a month ago, I re-watched all five seasons of Alias (and, yes, I'm still mad about the suckitude of the final season) and found myself wishing that I could find books that fit the Alias-style mold: spying, action, romance and humor all wrapped into a quickly-paced, mysterious storyline.

Cute, fluffy and fun. It's a good in between book and it's precisely what I needed.

Maggie teen spy and safe cracker extraordinaire is funny. She's about to do her first job and must fit in with the rest of the high school bunch. I like that she's not the typical new girl at a loss about what needs doing. She knows who she is and what she has to do. But jumping in as she does, a couple of 'unexpecteds' pop up as well. And I enjoyed reading this all the more because of the same.

Especially, Roux (...more
Sherwood Smith
May 20, 2014 Sherwood Smith added it
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Good things: some deliciously witty banter. Roux was especially fun. I also adored Angelo, the single adult who was as smart as the teenagers.

Not so good things: like the Gallagher Girls (first book, I never went farther) the spy craft was ludicrous. Maybe it was as well that there really was no actual spy stuff involved for most of the book, while homeschooled Maggie negotiates the world of private high school for the first time, then meets a cute boy. The idea of parents being A) present and B...more
Wendy Darling
Super, super, super cute. Mini review to come.
4,5 star


That was like the cutest and the most fun book ever! I don't think I've smiled or laughed this much while reading. Dont read this book in public, though. I've tried reading it on subway and oh boy, couldnt stop giggling secretly so I got a lot of weird looks

I’m not always into the Spy stories but I loved AKA. Mainly because of the characters. I loved Maggie and Jesse (I think calling him smile-worthy is perfect), but I expecially loved Roux. She was so snarky and funny...more
Roza Dimka
A light funny romantic read is what I was going for and it was all that, I'm sure you guys are waiting for me to say "and more" but it wasn't.
I'd heard and read lots of praises and awesome reviews about this book saying what an amazingly funny and awesome book it was. But for some unknown reason this book did not hit that amount of awesome for me that it did for the others. So three stars is what it's getting from me.

The Plot:
This story is about a girl named Maggie. Maggie our protagonist is...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Also known As is fun, cute and light. It has its flaws,the biggest being that you really have to suspend your disbelief. But if you can the book is enjoyable. It's the story about a girl who is a spy first, and a teenage second thrown into high school for the first time. She doesn't know how to be a teenager, so she has to use her spy skills to survive. Both Maggie and the book are cheestastic and I love that. I'm a sucker for self-aware cheesy jokes.

"That's the second rule of being a spy: Be be...more
Very very strong 3.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

I’m not usually into sweeping generalizations so early in the year, but here’s one for ya: so far, 2013 has totally knocked my socks off with surprise hits.

Also Known As easily slides in this category. It’s not like I didn’t have a hunch this would happen since Audrey Wait! was so much fun and I loved Robin’s letter in the Dear Teen Me anthology… but I had no idea I would love love it.

In a book about a family of spies,...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This book surprised the heck out of me!
I'm the kind of girl that likes to read those dark dystopian and paranormal books.
So a book about a teenage spy? Doesn't seem like a book I would like.
I absolutely ADORED this book!
It was just so fun!!
This book actually got me to laugh!!
I rarely ever laugh while reading a book (although that may be due to the I-read-dark-books thing)!!
I also loved the characters!!!

You knew this was coming didn't you? T...more
Writing Rabbit Blog
Hmmm.... Okay, here we go. This book was absolutely mediocre. Middle-of-the-road. For every thing that I liked about it there's something I strongly didn't. Where should I start?

Robin Benway did a really fantastic job of creating characters that are realistic. The way that they speak to one another and their responses to certain social situations rang true for me. Roux, Jesse, and Maggie behave exactly the way actual teenagers do, which is nice because sometimes I read a novel and all I can thin...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 3/7/2013*

You guys know that I have a weakness for well told spy plots and an absolute love of smart characters. Robin writes both incredibly well. I adored Maggie from the very first page. Here's a sample of how she thinks (page 4):

The first rule of being a spy: Listen. Our family friend Angelo always says that a good spy never asks questions, that people will always tell you what you need to know.

I've know Angelo my entire
Amie Beamer
Mrs. Beamer's review:
This is the type of book I hope my daughter grows up liking to read. It's light but clever...funny while still touching on some serious topics...and leaves you feeling GOOD. While I was prepared for much more "meat" around the spy storyline, I wasn't disappointed that it was lacking. I found the focus on the teen characters enjoyable...and applaud Ms. Benway for creating such lovable, flawed individuals for us to love :)

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Michelle Arrow
"As you can tell, I've never had a boyfriend, but whatever. It's cool. After all, most girls who have boyfriends probably can't say that they helped to bring the Peruvian government, right?"

So my girl here, Maggie, is basically saying:

And guess what? It's true. Maggie Silver and her story was just crazy hilarious and the most fun (as in chick-lit and haha's) I've had with a book in a long time, and that makes the book 10 times better. So yay for that.

I really enjoyed this book. I had so...more
Paulina Romero
After reading a 5 stars review of this novel by critic I respect, I was expecting to love this book. Sometimes, however, my personal preferences came into play and gave me a different impression form her's. For her, this book deserves 5 stars, but the two things that bothered me annoyed me a lot. I want to say that this really is up to personal opinion, so yo might want to check out her review if you are considering reading this novel. It is always a possibility that maybe the things that bother...more
so much fun! review to come.
Also Known As features Benway’s trademark humor and this time centers on a family of spies. I found it highly enjoyable, witty and fresh, and AKA even made me LOL at times. ;)

I expected AKA to be a kind of funny Heist Society type novel, with lots of gadgets and dangerous missions. Where this book is a little different is that the main character gets to experience a normal life for the first time. She’s always lived the life of an international spy, never putting down roots anywhere. Now she’s g...more
Jen Ryland
Feb 07, 2013 Jen Ryland marked it as to-read
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for review.

I'm crazy about anything that has to do with spies.I'm also a big fan of Robin Benway's books. If you haven't read Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June, you should definitely add them to your list.

I adored Maggie, the main character in AKA. She's grown up globe-trotting with her spy parents, watching them work, and they've given her little jobs to do, but she's dying to prove herself. So when they tell M...more
Margaret's parents are both spies and so she has grown up changing identities and having various jobs all over the world. She also is a master safecracker who has been opening locks and safes her whole life.

Then she and her family move to New York City where a man who runs a media company might publish a story revealing several people as spies. Her new job is to befriend this man's son and try to get the information through him, which means going to a high school for the first time. Margaret ca...more
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Margaret [Redacted], AKA Maggie Silver, AKA Peggy, Maisie, Molly, Margie, or Meg. Suspect has a long history of espionage, dating back thirteen years. She is believed to be a member of the Collective, working as the safecracker on a team of two or three other intelligence agents. These team members are believed to be her immediate family. Suspect should not be considered armed or dangerous, but is believed to be exce...more
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I'm the author of "Audrey, Wait!", "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June", and the AKA series. My new book "Emmy & Oliver" will be released on June 23, 2015. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I've gotten a lot better at cooking. I still love coffee. We should be friends.

Also, I never use this Goodreads account, so if you'd like to contact me, feel...more
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