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28 May 2016 @ 06:32 pm
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. 
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

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Ery-chan: David Tennant (Photoshoot)erychan86 on June 1st, 2016 02:29 am (UTC)
Ahaha I know what you mean... It's like when you watch a movie set in Italy and there's always people wondering around in Vespas without an helmet saying "ciao" and being super cool... Somo King cigarettes sitting in a caffee... All the cities look so old and glorious... Then you get there and it's all but that! I was born and raised in Genova - a beautiful town by the sea with mountains rising behind our backs - and I've been around a lot since my friends live shattered across the peninsula but every time I see a movie that takes place in one of these cities I know it always feels so weird and wrong...

I should know better than trust tv :) still I think I'll be shocked when I'll experience school through my kids and I would be like: "what? am I actually paying that much for THAT?" Because, man... School is expansive in America... We have crappy buildings, used books, awful labs that lacks of everything, no clubs, no cafeteria and we sit on the stairs because there're not banches or anything green to sit on... But at least it's almost free :D

And LOL at House getting fired on day one... Like these videos on YouTube about how movies should have ended XD

Edited at 2016-06-01 02:29 am (UTC)
orangerfulorangerful on June 1st, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
Do you just mean the taxes used to pay for school or private schools? Either way, yeah, I'm sure it will be shocking LOL.

OH YES I think we saw 'Live Free or Die Hard' which "takes place" in D.C. but they filmed it in Baltimore (which is a good 60 miles away) and it is hilarious to see Bruce Willis supposedly running through D.C. (which you can tell it is D.C. because NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO you can see the Capitol and/or the Washington Monument (yeah, not possible at all) and then Willis jumps on this statue and my brain was like "That statue is in downtown Baltimore, we have driven past it hundreds of times" LOL. Oh Hollywood!

Next you're going to tell me that I can't see the Eiffel tower from every building in Paris ;-)
Ery-chan: David Tennant (Photoshoot)erychan86 on June 1st, 2016 03:39 am (UTC)
Yes... Taxes cover both education and health... Oddly enough public schools are better than private schools, because - in private schools - your Family pays for good grades (you can't fail classes in private schools)

In private schools teachers are less prepared (and more green) and follow the books and the rules, tests are all the same for all the schools and the oral tests are disappearing). A good teacher never goes work on a private school... That's a fact... Universities don't care where you got your degrees, everyone has to pass the same tests to get in. The buildings are cleaner and the labs better equipped but most of the private schools are owned by the church, so that's a consideration (in movies all Italian are religious... We're not... LoL)

LOL the Washington Momunent and the Eiffel Tower must be pretty big then... according to Holliwood... Like in Rome you'd never find la Fontana Di Trevi without a map... Even if you're from there... If you're a tourist you'll fine the love of your life there and you'll always get back there... And do not step in the fountains like we do in movies otherwise they'll call the police!!! Ahahahahaha
orangerfulorangerful on June 1st, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)
Yes, my stepdaughter just finished 8th grade and they had sent her to a private school because they didn't want her in the public city schools. But the private school was a Catholic school and the teachers were AWFUL. So many times she would tell me stories and I would get so angry because you could tell they were old and teaching the way they have always taught and since it is a private school they can get away with it.

I always went to public school and I'm so glad I did because I interacted with lots of different kinds of people. Honestly, I find that in America, most of the private schools...well, it's people avoiding "others". It's kinda messed up but it helps keeps those kids in a bubble away from other races etc. - I mean, this isn't true of all people, some private schools do offer advantages, but a lot of them tend to be just a way for people with a little more money to keep their kids out of public schools...which makes no sense to me but whatever LOL.

This is why I have cats! :P