Cody Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - Book Review

Sunday, February 2, 2014
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on Jan 1st, 2012
Pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Purchased
Rating: Infinite amount of stars!!
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Oct. 11th, 1943- A British spy plane crashes into 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.

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, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.


I finished Code Name Verity, and I have been trying to figure out a way to describe my feelings for this book in a thoughtful way for the whole duration of this evening. However, I seem to be lacking for words for how much this book touched my soul. There! This book seriously touched my soul (and made me bawl), but the feels that Code Name Verity pulled out of me were so intense! 
I haven't read any historical fiction since I was in high school, so that's been roughly four-five years at least. I used to devour any and all the things related to World War II. I gobbled them up, but for some reason, I just stopped. I'm not sure why, but I stumbled across Code Name Verity in HPB one day and decided to go ahead and buy it, because I had been hearing some great buzz about it. It went directly to my TBR shelf, and has sat there for the past year. I'm sad that I let this beautiful and stunning book sit there for so long. I'm discovering a lot of FANTASTIC reads that have been collecting dust on that shelf in the past few weeks, it seems. I'm not sure why I ultimately decided to finally pick this one up, but I did, and I'm so so so so so glad that I did.
Code Name Verity is a book that will live in my soul for the rest of my life.

I do not say that above statement lightly. I can probably count on one hand how many books have affected me in such a way. The genius of the entire plot and little connections is amazing! I will definitely be doing a re-read of this one, because I'm sure there was stuff that I did not catch the first time through!

I had heard that the writing style/POVs was unique, and I was a little unsure of what to expect before I opened the book up, but I really enjoyed the way it was written even if it took a little while to become accustomed to it. I was also worried that all the plane and historical mumbo jumbo would bore me to tears, but it actually fascinated me! I loved learning all about the different planes flown!
The friendship in Code Name Verity is just so heartwarming and I love both girls so much. I want a friendship like this. The kind of friendship that you would do anything for that other person no matter what. Verity and Maddie are soulmate best friends. They were destined for each other, and complete one another so perfectly. I totes ship their friendship! There is a little bit of romance in CDV, but when I say a little, I mean, it is very little, but I REALLY wish there could have been just a hint more! Even though, I know this was more about friendship than any type of romance at all, but but but Jamie is just too cute! <3

Overall, Code Name Verity was quite the fabulous read, and I really think everyone should read this book at some point in their lives! If you couldn't tell already, I absolutely adored Code Name Verity to pieces, and I give it an infinite amount of stars as my rating, because it's just that amazing in my opinion. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have another Elizabeth Wein book begging for my attention. (Rose Under Fire, if any were interested in which one!)

Have you read Code Name Verity?
What did you think?
If not, do you think you will read it in the future?

Let me know in the comments! 
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  1. I have seen so many great reviews for this one and now yours... I must get it and read it ASAP, even if it will made me bawl my eyes out and break my heart, as I'm sure it will!
    Great review, Becca!!

    1. Yes, you must! I really wish I would've read it sooner! It was awesome! Thanks girl! :)

  2. The friendship in this book was so sweet, and heartbreaking. I can't wait to read Rose Under Fire. You should read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood- it's also a awesome historical fiction novel. :D It has witches in it.

    1. It was. Rose Under Fire is so good so far! I know! I've been wanting to read it, but I just haven't bought a copy of it yet!

  3. I haven't picked it up yet, but it keeps haunting me in Waterstones, and I keep hearing about it, so I'm pretty 50/50. "I was also worried that all the plane and historical mumbo jumbo would bore me to tears." <- That's what I'm mostly worried about, I don't mind reading historical books, I've read a ton, but I do have to be in the mood for one, because you know they're going to be a lot heavier and harder to digest than the other genres. But, I'm definitely going to give it a try at some point, especially because I love good friendships. I have four books that's affected me like that, so maybe this one'll be the 5th? :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    1. haha I agree. I have to be in the mood to read one as well, but I loved it. I really think you would like it too!! :) Thanks for the awesome comment Kirsty!


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