I almost never read historical fiction, but I heard so many good things about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein that I couldn’t resist picking it up. I don’t even want to tell you much about it for fear of ruining the experience; I went into reading this book knowing almost nothing, and that’s the best way to read it. Set in World War II, the story starts with a girl (code name Verity) who has been spying on the Nazis and has just been caught. Under threat of torture, she has agreed to divulge classified information in order to save her life. What you are reading is her written confession to her captor, Von Loewe.
This book is completely captivating from the very first page. The more you read, the more impossible it is to put it down. If you aren’t into war books or historical fiction, don’t worry because there is much more to this book. This is a story about the power of friendship; Verity’s confession is much about her friendship with Maddie, who was flying the plane Verity had just been on when she got caught. Their story will keep you awake all night reading until you get to that last page.