“Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein Book Review by Papyrus


This book is told in an incredibly unique way. It begins with one of the main characters, “Verity”, being held in a Gestapo prison. The first half of the story is told through the manuscript that she writes, presumably to tell everything she knows to the Gestapo officer who is in charge of the prison. However, you learn from the second half of the book, told from the perspective of her friend, Maddie, that almost everything Verity told the Gestapo was a lie.

The last sixty pages or so were chock full of plot twists, but, surprisingly enough, none of the twists seemed at all far-fetched. The ending is simply incredible.

The best part of the story, though, is the characters, specifically the two main ones. They were so real. too many historical novels, especially ones written for teens, have main characters who don’t seem to fit with their story, as if they were made to please the audience and pretend to be authentic. Code Name Verity seamlessly combines likeableness, reliableness, and authenticity into its characters.

BUT: Before you read this book, know that you have to push through to the end to know how good it really is. There are some parts of the book that are a little dull, but the rest of the book makes up for it. It’s more than worth reading.



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