Posts Tagged ‘Friendship’
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.
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Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Other books in series or Standalone: Standalone
First Impressions: I really enjoyed the other major novel that Cohn and Levithan co-wrote, called Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, so I was really looking forward to this one. And the story sounded so fun! Christmas fantatic Lily is bored while on vacation from school, so she leaves a red notebook on a bookstore shelf. The notebook contains the beginning of a set of challenges for whoever finds it, kind of like a city-wide scavenger hunt. When snarky Dash find the notebook, he is immediately sucked into the dares, and the two spend their Christmas Break trading the notebook back and forth by leaving it at the site of the last dare.
Last Impressions: This was, in fact, a really fun book. I love the idea of the notebook and the dares, and if it was at all realistic I would totally do it! Dash starts off sort of unlikeable and Lily borders on annoying sometimes, but through their interactions they grow and become more likeable characters, which I think is one mark of a good story. And Cohn and Levithan do a great job at bringing New York to life, it really made me want to see it in the winter!
Least Favorite Moment: Dash and Lily’s first attempt at meeting in person. Major failure.
Thoughts on the bookcover: The cover is so pretty! I love the falling snow (especially right now, in the dead of summer!) and all the hearts. It’s a very nice “New York in winter” image.
An ideal place to read this book: On a cozy couch with a mug of hot cocoa.
People who should read this: Guys and girls can both enjoy this, since you’re getting the perspectives of both Dash and Lily. If you’re looking for a unique love story, this is definitely for you. And fans of Christmas and books about Christmas will find a lot to enjoy here.