book reviews, young adult

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

16250900 Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Source: Bought
Edition: Trade Paperback
Publication:  May 7th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion (first published February 6th 2012)
Pages:  339 pages
Category: Young Adult, History


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. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York TimesCode Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and surviva

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤❤ ( 5 hearts and more)

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Thoughts.. Thoughts..Thoughts..

I love historical fiction. It gives me a glimpse of what happened in the past. I really love this book. It had the elements which I like. Even if there was no romance, Maddie and Verity’s friendship compensated for it. It love that women were not given menial jobs. They were in charge of directing pilots on where to land and such. If your special like Maddie and Verity, then you  either become a spy or pilot. I also love the author wrote the story. It had my attention from page one to the last. The story made me cry, laugh and sympathise with the characters. It was really an emotional rollercoaster which I would ride again.

Why I like this story:

  • It was a very emotional read
  • It was a very engaging read.
  • As I was reading it, I felt the raw emotions of the characters
  • I like the sisterhood between the main characters.
  • The war was a test of loyalty, love and friendship
  • It enlightened me that women had a major role in the war
    • Maddie was a pilot and Verity was a spy

What I did not like in the story:

  • I wanted to know what happened in the end, most especially how Maddie and Verity’s family coped with the grief

I gave this story a 5 hearts and more rating because I really loved it. The characters were witty, funny and resourceful to survive the war. Somehow a war would make you do anything to survive. Maddie and Verity did their part to survive as much as they can. I like that the story was about how women were able to help the war effort. The story had some slow parts which served as the calm before the storm. After this parts, a very emotional event would happen which made me squirm, cry or just feel sad. Despite this parts there are events which would make me smile and think. Mainly, the story was about how the war tested the friendship of  Maddie and Verity.

BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Buy, because it is a read which showed that in times of war loyalty, love and friendship is tested.


Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. The book photo and synopsis here is from


2 thoughts on “Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein”

  1. Ahh yes! Code Name Verity is such an amazing book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love how the unreliable narration is done, and when you reread it there are so many hints of what is to come!

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