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Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver.

Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux.
Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo.

Con
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Walker Childrens
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Lola  Reviewer
I am screaming in horror as I close this thrilling, exhilarating, one-of-a-kind as well as wonderfully addictive book!

Why?! How dare Miss Benway stop things here? I am anything but ready to let go of these endearing characters who are part of this humorous, well-plotted story teeming with spies!

It should at least contain ten volumes.

Sigh. This is why I dread reading last books in series.

In this conclusion—hurts to use that word—the spies are going rogue! The super secret spy organization The Col
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Tabby
Apr 01, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THE REVIEW

Why this book?

I liked the first book in this duology

What I thought

This book wasn't as funny as the first one, it had a more serious tone to it. The characters were still awesome though. I loved to see Roux and Jesse getting part in the the action. I also loved the characters interactions, even though at parts some feelings were hurt they all still loved eachother at the end. An awesome sequel to Also Known As
Robin (Bridge Four)
Dec 24, 2014 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it liked it
The first book in this series was better and a little more fun than this book but I still really enjoyed being in a Young Adult book again with actual Young Adults and not characters that do things that 30 year old characters would do.

First this book has actual parents in it. I KNOW!!! A young adult book where the parents aren’t mysteriously absent the entire book or the MC is lying to them constantly, thank you. Maggie is a Spy her parents are spies and that does lead to some issues but she tre
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Muse-ic
Jan 12, 2016 Muse-ic rated it really liked it

4.5 only because the beginning was a tiny tiny tiny bit slow ... like you can't even really count it.
But all the action and excitement during the second half made up for it a hundred fold! And the humor, of course ;)

“Cherubs are so creepy, don’t you think? Like, why are naked babies shooting poisonous arrows at innocent people a symbol of love? Why aren’t they a symbol of toddler anarchy instead?”
“Roux,” I started to say, but then I paused, thinking about her comment. “That is an excellent po
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Keertana
Jan 18, 2015 Keertana rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't expect to fall in love with this series as much as I did. I tend to gravitate towards darker contemporary fiction featuring teens on the cusp of adulthood and yet, Benway's entertaining spy thrillers have managed to establish their own niche in my heart. In Going Rogue, Maggie, a safecracker whose life has been spent working for a spy agency known as the Collective, has finally settled down for the first time in her life. She's been in New York City for nearly a year now, spend ...more
Jaime Arkin
This review will encompass book 1 & 2 so some spoilers ahead!

So basically the Also Known As Series is now one of my favorites. I don’t even know why I waited so long to read these, but I’m glad I finally found the time.

At the ripe old age of 16 Maggie Silver is a seasoned International spy…. Yes, I said spy. She and her parents are part of a group called The Collective and they do what they need to do to keep the world safe. Her mom is a master hacker, her father a connoisseur of languages
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Jeff Raymond
I don't know what it is about teen spy novels that grab me, but I think I'll probably give anything in the genre a shot.

Going Rogue is the sequel to Also Known As, a book I liked a lot but didn't outright love. In the first book, our heroine is on her first spy adventure, and it ends up being a better Heist Society even though the true espionage-style story was lacking to a point. Going Rogue definitely turns up the energy a bit, with a broader conspiracy and an actual need to use spy skills for
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 19, 2013 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Benway's writing after reading Also Known As, it was such a fun read. When I saw Going Rogue I snatched it up because I knew it was going to be another great read and I was really looking forward to jumping right back into Maggie's world full of espionage, adventure and even a little danger.

This was exactly what I needed when I needed it. Something fun and exciting with great characters, a little romance, a whole lot of spy action, and laugh out loud moments. I wasn't prepar
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Jen
May 15, 2014 Jen added it
Shelves: netgalley, jan-2014
Beware: spoilers for book one, most of which are in the book description anyway. But just warning you….

I was thinking back to those things I loved about Also Known As, which was the first book in this series. Here goes: 1) watching Maggie attend high school for the first time. 2) watching Maggie fall for Jesse but not be able to tell him that she's a spy AND spying on his family. 3) Maggie having to hide the spy thing from everyone, including her new BFF, Roux. 4) Her new BFF, Roux

Going Rogue on
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Octavia
Jun 13, 2016 Octavia rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
While I can definitely see where Going Rogue improved upon its predecessor, it still feels like it was written for someone much younger. It is not a middle grade book, but I feel it is much more suited to that age group. While I can appreciate this series I find it hard to enjoy it.

A humorous novel about a teenage spy named Maggie, it’s quite an enjoyable and light read. Her relationships progress in this book, her adventures are more action packed and less high school centered, making it feel l
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
Last year Also Known As took me completely by surprise with its adorable cast of characters, laugh out loud charm, and all around fluffy goodness. We watched as Maggie stumbled her way through school and relationships for the first time, trying to learn how a spy can also be a normal teenage girl. In Going Rouge, she finds herself in the opposite situation: how a teenager can still be a successful spy. The gang (including Jesse, Roux, her parents, and her esteemed mentor Angelo) are of course ba ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Going Rogue is the second installment in author Robin Benway's Also Known As. 17-year old Maggie Silver and her parents work for an organization known as The Collective. The Collective is supposed to right wrongs, return money to retirement accounts, and expose bad guys. While Maggie is the best safe-cracker and lock picker in the business, her mother (hacker) and father (linguist & statistician) are just as valuable. But,
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Cecilia
A bit slow in the beginning and a bit fast in the end, but I adored the characters and the plot!
Kirsty-Marie Jones
I RAN OUT OF PAGES. :(
Alexa
Dec 03, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Going Rogue is, without a doubt, one of the most fun novels I've had the pleasure of reading. It made me laugh, kept me on the edge of my seat, gave me new characters to be friends with to like, and made me fall harder for the characters I already knew. It really surprises me how much I fell in love with this sequel!

Honestly, I found Going Rogue a lot more thrilling and entertaining to read than Also Known As. While I liked Also Known As, it didn't quite inspire the affection and adoration I pos
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Danielle
Dec 17, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
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I’m really glad I gave this series a second chance.

I liked Also Known As, (really!) but my main issue with it was a lack of actual espionage. There was a botched job at the newspaper owner’s house and the big conclusion, but for the most part the first book is about interpersonal relationships. Friendship, romance, letting your teen leave the nest...typical high school stuff. And I thought it suffered for that.

Have no fear, Going Rogue
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Maggie
Jan 06, 2014 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook, 2013
4.25 stars

Robin Benway is the master of writing smart, thoughtful books that you don’t even realize are smart or thoughtful because you’re having so much fun reading them. It’s been well established that I loved Also Known As, 50% because it’s a great book and 50% because the main character’s name is Maggie and I’m happy to say that I loved Going Rogue just as much, if not more, then I loved Also Known As.

Because I didn’t think Also Known As needed a sequel I was slightly worried going into this
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Samantha
Sep 12, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out with liking this book to ABSOLUTELY loving it. The characters were awesome, and there a mix of comedy, action, suspense, and other elements of good, creative writing to make a great story.

I liked the first book,but I LOVED this sequel to it. Also Known As, the first book, earned an applause from me, but Going Rogue received a standing ovation. I found it more interesting due to the increased involvement of Maggie's friends in her life spy-wise, as well as more frequent suspense an
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Stephanie A.
Apr 28, 2014 Stephanie A. rated it really liked it
I was sure there was no way the sequel could be as exciting as the first book. NOPE. WRONG. Every bit as much action and adventure, if not more. It also continues its adorable G-rated romance with barely a blip, so there's that factor of awesome to consider too.
Nikita the bookworm
Jun 13, 2016 Nikita the bookworm rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I really loved this duology! I don't understand why Robin Benway didn't continue it. These two books were pure fun that are just as great as the Gallagher Girls series. Maggie, Roux, and Jesse were such charming chracters. Unlike many protaganists in YA books, they felt like actual teenagers. And let's not forget Maggie's awesome parents and Angelo. I adored every single one of these characters and am sad to not see them again.
While Also Known As was mostly about Maggie's first experience of hi
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Marla Mei
3.5 stars!

I take back my previous statuses regarding this book. I actually almost dnfed this and I'm so glad I picked this up again and gave this a second chance.
The first book is undoubtedly much better but I still enjoyed reading this very much. Still very full of snark and witty banters. Maggie and Jesse were so cute. I ship them so much it hurts. And Roux.. I want Roux for a BFF.
Paulina Romero
Read this and more reviews on my blog, Read Away Reality.

I might have given Going Rogue the same amount of stars as I gave its predecessor, Also Known As, but it was for entirely different reasons. I know a lot of people are awaiting anxiously to hear if there will be a third installment to the series. I can only hope that, if there is, Benway will manage to combine the aspects that I loved from the first two, and get rid of those I did not. Maybe it is too impossible, but a girl can wish, right
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Super cute!

Review to come.
Victoria
Sep 04, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-series
This book was just as good as the last!

This time we follow Maggie and her parents as they stay in NYC trying to live under the radar for a little while. This picks up a little while after the first book and I couldn't have asked for a better second book. Benway doesn't hit the ground running nor does she take too long to ease her way into the plot. She has this combination of both that is really good. I think that the plot of this book was a bit more fast-paced and interesting.

I loved Roux in t
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WJ
I'm left feeling rather disappointed by Going Rogue. Maybe it's because of how much I enjoyed, Also Known As or maybe it's just because the plot seems rather disjointed in this follow-up but I just didn't like this book as much as the earlier one. I feel like Robin Benway has lost the plot a little, even though I still love the characters (especially Maggie!).

In Going Rogue, Maggie's learning to be an ordinary girl. Having been nothing else but the expert safe-cracker her whole life, Maggie is n
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A Book Addict's YA Palace
Jul 12, 2014 A Book Addict's YA Palace rated it really liked it
Going Rogue Nice thing about the author writing a second book, thus making this a series, is that one or a few of my complaints about the first book are handled! Go Robin, that is fantastic as an author.
For full review go here http://misslittlebookaddict.blogspot....

Another great plus Going Rogue is that Roux got a much larger part and she got a love interest! Again, I like Roux's romance much more than Maggie and Jesse's but I will totally admit, Maggie and Jesse's relationship got a bump up i
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Lisa (Lost in Literature)
After finding out that Robin Benway narrated her own audiobooks, I knew I had to try it with this one. There’s just something about an author reading their own book. You just KNOW you’re going to get all of the emotion for each character exactly how the author originally meant it to be read. And Benway did a fantastic job of writing AND narrating this book. I really enjoyed it!

In Also Known As we met this group of characters, and I instantly felt connected to most… especially Roux. She was a fan
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Angela
If this were rated by my earlier self, I would've definitely given it five stars. even though I loved this book A LOT, it didn't really change my life or was particularly influential in any way. It was just extremely cute, hilarious, and a generally feel-good type of book.

Wow, I love me some spring break. TWO WEEKS OF FREEDOM. I seriously need to catch up on reading. Going Rogue was the only thing that made Vancouver's rain bearable. I mean, how long does it have to rain for it to stop. Please
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Kathy Martin
Dec 23, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
Maggie Silver is a retired seventeen-year-old spy living in New York with her parents and going to high school. She has a boyfriend named Jesse who started out as her mark and a best friend named Roux who is the quintessential poor little rich girl. Things should be settling down after the adventures in ALSO KNOW AS and they are getting quieter but Maggie is bored. She misses the adrenaline that working as a spy gave her.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, Maggie is pulled out of her brief retirement
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Maryam Haleem
Jun 21, 2016 Maryam Haleem rated it it was amazing
There better be another book in this series because this was an amazing book. I can't get enough of Maggie and Jesse and now ROUX AND AMES!! I hope in the next book (if there is one) we'll get to see more from their perspective and the new Collective which Angelo is forming!
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