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Also Known As (Also Known As #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  7,106 ratings  ·  887 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
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
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
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘

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 teenagers who sound like fucking teenagers. Frankly,
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
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
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 (YAHollywood)
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.
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
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
Kirsty-Marie Jones
AKAA. Also Known as Awesome. Just saying.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 (
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
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
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
this was pretty entertaining i felt like we did not really get to know Jesse the love interest that much but it was cute i definitely enjoyed 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
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
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,
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.

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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Also Known As is a quick and extremely cute read, but as I reflect upon it I almost wish it had just a touch more depth to it because it felt a bit too simplistic for my liking.

Maggie Silver has a secret: she and her parents are spies. They spend their time traveling around the world, solving and cracking cases for a secret society. And now they're settling in New York, where Maggie gets her first solo assignment.
“Hallelujah, it’s a miracle! I finally get to do something besides watch everyo
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
This book was so funny I lost count on how many times I laughed!

Read my full review at Book Obsession
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
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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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