Audiobook · Fiction · History · Julia P · Page-Turner · Young Adult

Code Name Verity | by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name VerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
(Hyperion Books, 2012, 352 pages)

Code Name Verity came highly recommended from a number of different sources. It got starred reviews and is a Printz Honor title so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. A number of people recommended checking out the audiobook so I decided to go that route. Code Name Verity is set in World War II Europe, primarily in England and France. The story is told from the points of view of two best friends, Julie and Maddie. They have crashed in occupied France – one of the girls has been captured, the other is in hiding trying to figure out a way back to England. Neither Julie or Maddy is aware of what is going on with the other.

The first half of the book is told from Julie’s point of view. She has been captured and imprisoned by the Gestapo. They are having her write down her “confession” as to why she is in France and in the process of writing this confession, Julie tells the story of her friendship with Maddie and we’re given the back story of how the girls came to be in their respective situations. The second half is Maddie’s account which is markedly different, even though she’s in hiding she’s incredibly lucky compared to what Julie is going through.

This was an engaging book, but I wasn’t wowed by it. I appreciated the historical aspects of the book and I liked that the roles women could play in World War II were presented beyond the confines of what people typically think of when they think of women in the war. The audiobook version was good – both narrators did a great job bringing their characters to life.


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