[kiss me hardy] review: CODE NAME VERITY

20 August 2014

Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Egmont Press
Publication Date: February 6th 2012
Source/Format: Bought/Finished Copy
Summary: 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.
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. -goodreads
Heart wrenching. CODE NAME VERITY made me want to bawl my eyes out and, if anyone says "Kiss Me Hardy" in my vicinity, get ready to catch me as I fall to the floor to writhe in pain. The emotions running through each page were intense, during the entire book [which I read in one sitting] my heart was beating as fast a bird's wings in full flight. Reading CODE NAME VERITY is like looking out of the window of a plane hovering above the world: all you can see is beauty. And mixed with that beauty there is destruction and pain and suffering. But there is also love and happiness and friendship. Elizabeth Wein is capable of taking all of these emotions, putting these ingredients into a recipe and mixing them up into a batter of one of the most perfect cakes you have ever set eyes on, let alone tasted. I read Rose Under Fire first, and in my review I said: "Elizabeth Wein has the talent to make you feel like you are living inside her book," and I stand by that quote. CODE NAME VERITY is one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. There are really no words to describe how utterly perfect this book was, but I can sum up the emotions within it using only seven words: Kiss me Hardy, kiss me quick. And now I have to go and cry...
Kiss me, Hardy!’ Weren't those Nelson’s last words at the Battle of Trafalgar? Don’t cry. We’re still alive and we make a sensational team. 

28 comments:

  1. That review also almost made me cry. I just read The Book Thief and now I really want to read more WWII historical fiction.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists

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    1. NOW YOU'RE MAKING ME CRY BECAUSE THE BOOK THIEF THE ENDING NO :'(
      I really recommend Elizabeth Wein's books then and also Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. For other historical fiction: Ruta Sepety's other book: Out of The Easy is really good. :)

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  2. I loved this too, with all my heart! And the 'kiss me hardy' bit totally makes me cry!

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    1. Every time I hear it I want to cry. ;P Have you read Elizabeth Wein's other book?

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  3. I'M SORRY, THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK, JUST WHOAH
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  4. I read this quite a while ago and remembering it being so heart-breaking, I needed the tissues when I read. I quite honestly forgot about that moment you quoted, but having you quote it, I vividly remember the scene now, fantastic book! Glad you loved it so much.

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    1. It was, when I read the author's other book I thought that Code Name Verity could never compare, even though people told me it was better, now I see what they were talking about! Have you read Rose Under Fire?

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  5. This book DESTROYED ME. Enough said.

    (But it was amazing.)

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  6. Uhhh I rarely read historical fiction because I don't find it engaging enough. However, I think you've convinced me that I need Elizabeth Wein's books in my life. I know about Code Name Verity and I knew it was about WWII but friendship? I had no idea. I love friendship because and I love books that make me tear up because I like living in Feelsville.

    So yeah, I'll read it now. Heee.

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    1. SANA YOU LITTLE GRASSHOPPER HOW CAN YOU NOT FIND HISTORICAL FICTION ENGAGING ENOUGH. You've obviously been reading the wrong books. :P What historical fiction have you read?
      If you want to live in Feelsville then READ ELIZABETH WEIN'S BOOKS: Rose Under Fire and Code Name Verity. My other top favourites are Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. And YOU HAVE TO HAVE READ THE BOOK THIEF RIGHT? If not. GET ON THAT. Oh and then read Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid.
      THEN. Report back to me. :P

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    2. I haven't read ANY historical fiction. Not YA anyway. I started reading Grave Mercy and then decided to finish it later. I own The Book Thief and even started reading it but then stopped and I dunno why. See, I suck at reading historical fiction.

      This is the first time I've heard of Carmen Reid's Cross My Heart.

      But yes, okay, okay. I'm gonna read The Book Thief in the fall and then Code Name Verity and then a Ruta Sepetys book. Okay?

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    3. O_________________________O
      *gets out baguette to slap you with*
      WHAT ARE YOU.
      WHO ARE YOU
      WHY ARE YOU
      WHEN ..no.
      Seriously though SaNa, I HAVE WANTED GRAVE MERCY FOR SO LONG AND THEN YOU GO DUMP IT. Ugh. Send it to me asap. :P
      NO. Here's what you are going to do:
      Re-start The Book Thief NOW.
      Read Code Name Verity After
      Read Between Shades of Gray after that
      Read Rose Under Fire after that
      Read Out of the Easy after that
      Read Cross My Heart after that.
      OK.

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    4. Alright, I'm noting it ALL down right after this comment in my OneNote. I will read The Book Thief as soon as I'm done with my current read, though. Okay? Okay.

      I'm just so much in love with fantasy right now, but I will make time for historical fiction. IT BUGS ME SO MUCH THAT I DON'T.

      P.S. Are you TRYING to kills me with feels? I said I wanted to live in Feelsville not die. Kthanksbye

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    5. Good good, I approve. OKAY? Are you trying to kill me with feels?
      Hm. Same. Like what? YOU'VE READ DOS&B RIGHT. I can't remember..
      No. Well. Maybe. YOU DESERVE IT.

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    6. No, I'm not. But you are.

      I HAVE. =( I binge-read it. It was awesome. Heee

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  7. So I haven't read Code Name Verity yet (I actually DNF'd it back when I managed to get a galley of it before it was published) and DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT because everyone has made me feel bad enough that I will be getting my own copy and giving it another try soon... hopefully. But I have read Rose Under Fire and that book pretty much broke my heart into a million pieces and and and -- Elizabeth Wein is an amazing author. That was one of the only books I cried over, really. And I've only cried over three books in my entire reading life. #truestory

    Anyway... even if I wasn't already planning to trying CNV again, your review definitely convinced me to. I could see beauty everywhere in Rose Under Fire too, so it's good to know that Elizabeth's writing skills are still fab as ever in this book! And of course, books that make people cry are always a plus. I don't know why, most people tend to shy away from emotional books, but I love them.

    Yeah, I have issues.

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    1. I was just going to dot you and then hide the aloe vera but i'm nice so instead i'm going to yell at you MEGAN. YOU DNF'D CNN. HOW. HECK YES I AM LOOKING AT YOU LIKE THAT.
      What was it that made you DNF? *sobs*
      I AM GLAD YOU FEEL BAD.
      Good. Now. Soon. NOT HOPEFULLY.
      Ok, you've redeemed yourself a LITTLE bit, i forgive you, A TINY BIT, because you have read Rose Under Fire and you liked it, if you hadn't..well..
      WHICH BOOKS?! #stoneheart although to be honest I never PROPERLY cry over books, I get tears in my eyes but never let them fall because rEsTrAiNt.

      Good good good #jobdone
      Yes, emotional books are awesome.

      I think I do too.

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  8. LETS CRY TOGETHER, HAWWA. LETS CRYYYYY

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  9. THE TEARS THE TEARS THE TEARS!!!!!! Too much love for this book, aaaahhhggghaskldgjasd saflkjads;lfk is all there is to say really! BUT since you read Rose Under Fire first, you already knew what was going to happen, no??

    Anyway, just a bit of FANGIRLING OVER MADDIE AND JULIE, MOST. PERFECT. FRIENDSHIP. I've been thinking of late that YA novels seem to be quite devoid of strong female-female friendships, but Code Name Verity is just the perfect antidote to this!

    ALSO THAT QUOTE WHY WOULD YOU HAWWA WHY WOULD YOU ~drowns in tears~

    ALSO isn't it cool to find out more about Anna in Rose Under Fire??!!

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    1. WHAT NO. I didn't. Because I read them with like, a year gap.
      YES. AGREED. WRITE A NOVEL THEN EMILY. Wait, you probably already have..written..loads..>.<

      BECAUSE IT WAS A MUST.

      yEs.

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    2. Ah, I see. Clever.

      HAHA I'M TRYING. seriously I am, in my WIP I am working v hard on the friendship between my two female MCs. Haha I've really not written loads though >,<

      ON THAT SUBJECT, I saw a post from you called Sea of Ideas (or something like that) but then when I clicked it dIDN'T COME UP and I was wondering what happened?? D: D:

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    3. WHAT IS YOUR WIP ABOUT AND HOW MUCH HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND E-MAIL ME IT I WANT TO READ IT.
      Oh erm. Yeah. I accidentally published it when it was meant to be scheduled. :P It goes up on..14th :)

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