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Also Known As (Also Known As #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,698 Ratings  ·  1,002 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 dig
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Khanh (the Grinch)
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 Na
Lola  Reviewer

This is the kind of book I wish I had read during my childhood.

Not The Vampire Diaries or Twilight.

This fluffy book.

Also Known As is not a serious book. It’s not realistic or crazy deep. It’s brimming with humor, silly situations and cool spyish scenes.

Maggie picks locks, that’s her job as the daughter of two international spies. She’s the master of lock picking. She’s so talented that there has been an attempt to kidnap her for her skill.

One day in Germany, one week in England or a month in Fra
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

2015 reads : Give me a cute and funny story, 'kay?

Where are the teenagers? What, it seems that in contemporary YA, we often get this oh-so-delicious choice :

Either teenagers sound like wiser than Yoda freaking Jedi : The Fault in Our Stars
Or like predators in the jungle : Every book with some devil cheerleader in it.

So, no, my question is genuine and I end asking this to myself pretty often : WHERE. THE. FUCK. ARE. THE. REAL. TEENAGERS?

Strangely, I had to read a story about SPIES to find te
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
3.5 super cute stars!

Maggie has been a spy for the Collective along with her parents for her entire life. At the age of four it was discovered she has a rare knack for picking locks, a gift that develops and grows as she reaches her teens. Maggie’s family has traveled the world, helping to stop human trafficking rings and other various crimes.

After their latest assignment in Iceland, Maggie and her parents are brought to New York City, where Maggie is given her own assignment, to execute with
Aug 27, 2013 Farah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who'd love an awesome read.
Recommended to Farah by: Stephanie Perkins (on her blog)
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 i
Cait (Paper Fury)
Unfortunately, I felt about 86 years too old for this book. I KNOW. I'm sad too! It was a fun, quirky story full of hilarious witty comebacks and cute characters and some "aww, gawsh aww" moments. If you like I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You and Heist Society (basically a hybrid of those two?). But, basically, this is a fluffy silly novel and I don't do those very well. I did want to try it though because I looooved Emmy & Oliver by this same author.

SO YEAH. Tried. Di
Jan 04, 2016 Muse-ic rated it it was amazing
Also Known As was such a fun and enjoyable read! I flew right through it and I don't regret anything!
“It was time for the mirror pep talk.
“Okay, Maggie,” I said to myself after my shower, wiping the steam off the medicine cabinet.
“You could eat these kids for breakfast. You won’t, though, because that would be cannibalistic and

Margaret, also known as Maggie, and her families are spies that work for the Collective a secret spy organization. They constantly travel the world and fight evi
Apr 30, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?

It's been on my iPod forever so I decided to finally listen to it

What I thought

This book was a joy to read! The spy thing was was interesting, and the characters are awesome, especially Roux I just love her! The romance was really sweet, Jesse was absolutely Swoonworthy and the ring pop was really cute. I also really liked her interactions with Roux, they were definitely amusing. The best thing about this book is being inside Maggie's head, her inner dialogue was priceles
Jan 18, 2015 Keertana rated it really liked it
Also Known As is a brilliant, fresh, and innovative take on the classic teenage spy idea. While I've enjoyed Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls and Heist Society books, I find that Benway's concept manages doesn't take itself quite so seriously and the end result is not only compulsively readable and instantly relate-able, it's also downright adorable and incredibly humorous. Maggie, the protagonist of our novel, is a genius lock-breaker and safe-cracker. Born to a set of spies who work for an organi ...more
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

As Known As cemented my love for Robin Benway. This author has a flair for dark and dry humour, she certainly does know how to write a cute, fluffy romance. And thank god, the spy plot isn't as painstaking as I expected it to be. Mini review to come.
Aug 08, 2014 Arshiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a fun and hilariously sweet read. Maggie is adorable when she tries to maneuver through high school. She knows how to unlock pretty much any safe and lock but high school is not something she has ever practiced. I love her friendship with Roux (yes, like kangaROO but don't call her that because she doesn't like that) and her romance with Jesse. Roux is a social outcast and Maggie and her get a long really well. They are opposites in a way. Roux is pretty much the only friend sh
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
Kirsty-Marie Jones
AKAA. Also Known as Awesome. Just saying.
Howdy YAL
Feb 27, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gallagher Girls/Gilmore Girls
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: Me
To see full review click here.

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
Dec 25, 2015 Laurence rated it really liked it
I would be a horrible spy, but reading about one is actually very funny!
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
Lottie Eve
Jan 26, 2013 Lottie Eve rated it really liked it
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
One of my favorite things in the world is finding a book you didn't even know you were in the mood for. That's exactly what happened with this book.

This is another gem I found at the library and decided to take home with me. I picked it up on a lark last night, to read the first page or so, and before I knew it, I was way into the book and I didn’t want to put it down.

I was completely charmed by Maggie, her parents, her honorary uncle, her bff Roux and her crush/boyfriend Jesse. They all had a
Lauren AKA randomfreckles
1. The characters are amazing! Do you hate shaming? None of that! Do ya hate annoying characters? None of that. Do you like diverse characters? Some of that to!
Let's describe Roux. Roux, the girl who parties a bit much but has some amazing one liners. No joke. She is the funniest book character I've read. She is so easily lovab
Danielle (Love at First Page)
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
Feb 24, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
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
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Quite possibly the funniest book I've read.
Wendy Darling
Super, super, super cute. Mini review to come.
Jun 11, 2016 Octavia rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
This book is like candy. With a light and fluffy tone, this is a book that doesn’t have a lot of substance but is so readable and fun that this can be easily overlooked. I think it was just too young for me, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one to someone just branching into YA from middle grade.

I read Robin Benway’s Emmy & Oliver last year and absolutely fell in love with it. The writing was just perfect for the story. Because of my love for Emmy & Oliver I knew I had to pick t
Feb 26, 2015 Lulufrances rated it really liked it
I love Stephanie Plum, I love Anne Dowling, thus I love Maggie Silver.
Give me hilarious spies, detectives, mystery-solvers and headhunters any day and if it's as funny as this one - double yay.

What made me want to read this in the first place was an excerpt I saw in someone else's review about this (might have been Khan's?!) which, let me just write it down for you, so you see why this was a must-read hilariousity-wise:

"I have to seduce someone," I announced to my parents. "High school is alread
Sherwood Smith
May 20, 2014 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fiction
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
Kate Sherwood
Dec 13, 2013 Kate Sherwood rated it it was ok
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.
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,
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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.

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“It was time for the mirror pep talk.
“Okay, Maggie,” I said to myself after my shower, wiping the steam off the medicine cabinet.
“You could eat these kids for breakfast. You won’t, though, because that would be cannibalistic and
“He’s a delinquent!” I yelled out to my parents. “He was arrested for shoplifting last year!”
No response.
“I just want you to know that I’m going to be hanging out with someone who has a criminal
record!” I cried.
“Let’s not forget that our family can never reenter Luxembourg without being arrested!” my dad
yelled back.
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