Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
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.I picked up this book because everyone I know that had read it loved it. Like seriously loved it. I’m not usually into historical fiction, but I am into friendship stories. This is a friendship story and also so much more.
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 and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.
The voice is perfect. Oh, is the voice perfect. The narrator (whom you will get to know by many different names) is feisty and full of life and resistance and she is compassionate and ruthless and I want to fucking be her. She is admirable and smart and has all the dignity in the world and is a great storyteller and can outwit the most cunning people. She is fun and she is serious, all in one. As soon as I started reading I though I want her to be my friend but now she is my friend, she is my friend in that book and I will reread it over and over and go back to her. OH VERITY, I WILL GO BACK TO YOU.
The plotting is well-crafted. There are minor twists that catapult the story into different directions, but the focus remains in place.
Describing Code Name Verity is the hardest thing I’ve done all summer. I can tell you it is historical and it is about war and it is about friends, but perfect and flawless and brilliant and beautiful are simpler and better words.
“KISS ME, HARDY. Kiss me, QUICK.”