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Book Review: Code Name Verity

I'm sorry!

I just feel like I have to start with an apology.

I'm sorry but I didn't get it... I failed to see all the hype about this book. Everyone I know that read this book, fell completely in love with it, and I feel like I have to say I'm sorry because I didn't liked it.






Code Name Verity

Originally published: 2012
Author: Elizabeth E. Wein
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Historical Drama
(reading time: May 24 - May 28)
★★
I have to say it wasn't the story the part that I didn't like. It was a very powerful story about a beautiful friendship during very difficult times. The author did a great job with the book... She wrote about two girls: a pilot and a spy, during WWII. We all know that there were women doing these jobs, as well as men, during the war. These women fought and suffered just as hard as any men and it wasn't their time... We all tend to forget that. In Italy women won the right to vote in 1945, in UK (if I remember correctly) it was 1928 when women finally received the right to vote on the same terms as men (over the age of 21). I think this is a powerful book if it's put in the hands of a (old) teenager, and I appreciated this. My problem with the book was its narrative.

It had a purpose for the story of course, but it was so hard to be able to read. I just don't like book set as diaries, I find it annoying because the writer often feels like he/she has to write as a child and put on paper everything that goes through the mind of the person in a very chaotic way. With this book, in the same paragraph we had technical informations, the main character referring to herself in third person and first person, the narrator was telling the story from the point of view of another character, there was dialogue, random thoughts, flashbacks, the environment, and what people around her is doing while she's writing... Plus random insults to the Nazis (who were then receiving the papers to read them). I don't see how the Nazis - the worst kind of people among all the Wars - could allow a girl to write a novel instead of writing down the informations they needed. They torture her, yes. But they would have not let this girl write a 200 pages essay about the adventures of her best friend: a civilian pilot who dropped her in France where she got captured. The first 100 pages were very slow and when I got to the second part (where it was the time for the pilot girl: Maggie to talk) I was extremely disappointed when the author decided to stick with the same style, not just the diary style but the random thoughts, flashbacks and a constant "i should not write this down or I'll end up in trouble or killed but I'm doing it anyway for no reason whatsoever. This made the book very difficult for me to read. So yes, sorry, I didn't liked it!

This book is a YA novel and I think it would be the perfect book to read for school while studying the events of WWII, but beofre that I don't think it would have the same powerful effect. 
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