“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend”.
Code Name Verity tells the story of two women during World War Two – one a pilot and one a spy – who become the best of friends. The two are separated after a crash landing in Nazi occupied France. “Verity” is the unreliable narrator, who is writing her confession after being taken prisoner by the Gestapo and despite the grim circumstances she finds herself in, she keeps her wit and courage.
This was a truly heartbreaking read, I can’t describe how much I love this book, and the love I developed for Maddie and Julie, their friendship was both sad yet heart warming. There was no romance in this book and I was glad for that – this story was about friendship, love, bravery and sadly death. The characters were fantastic with such in depth character development that you end up loving and caring for the characters. Julie was by far my favourite, she is so realistically afraid, and her being the unreliable narrator is one of the best things about this book. The story and plot was great and so intriguing which kept you reading and it felt so realistic and it seems like so much heart and research has been put into Code Name Verity. It was such a smart and beautifully written book. It’s not an easy read, but its a difficult, haunting, yet brilliant read. So don’t read it in a rush, slowly read and, to quote another favourite author Maggie Stiefvater, ” Give the characters some time to infest your heart.”
I really do believe that this is a must-read, particularly for historical fiction lovers. Elizabeth Wein has done an amazing job. It can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike and I wouldn’t just put it in the Young Adult category. It certainly satisfied me and is definitely one of the best books I have read all year. In fact I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s one of those books which I would recommend to anyone, despite their age, gender or reading tastes.