Series: Also Known As #1
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on February 26, 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA
Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?
Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three digits, why bother locking it at all?)
But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she's attending a private school with hundreds of "mean girl" wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school's elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat... all while trying not to blow her cover.
From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies don't have a mission plan for love.
What I Thought…
- Also Known As is both a thriller and a comedy. There were tense moments and hilarious moments and everything in between. As will all spy novels suspension of belief is required to fully enjoy the novel.
- Maggie is a teenage spy, a safe cracker since she was little. She has been traveling the world with her parents doing jobs to help save the world from the bad guys. Maggie was a delightful narrator. I loved being inside her head and I loved even more that she “talked” to me, the reader.
- Given her parents occupation Maggie hasn’t had a normal upbringing and her assignment has her attending school for the first time (along with some other firsts). Maggie’s firsts were so much fun to experience, especially since they were generally a bit awkward!
- For those that complain about lack of parents (or crappy parents) in YA you need not fear, Maggie’s parents are involved and not crazy. I loved Maggie’s parents. They are spies and have been training their daughter and are not taking her having her first assignment very well (definitely overprotective). They care about what she’s doing and who she’s with. They are also spies for the Collective, working to get rid of the bad in the world.
- Against her parents wishes she befriends Roux. Roux used to be a mean girl be had an incident and up until Maggie was pretty much friendless. She is a little bit quirky and a lot of fun and her and Maggie make perfect friends.
- Jesse is Maggie’s mark, which leads her into some trouble when she begins falling for him. I loved all the moments between them. They were cute and awkward (tons of awkwardness lol) and sweet. Jesse is not the bad boy that he appears to be, quite the opposite actually, which I liked a lot. I like the bad boys, but I like the good ones too, and there aren’t enough good ones!
- Maggie’s Uncle Angelo was one of my favorite characters by far. I loved how he did small and big things for her and they have such a loving and caring relationship. Plus his job at the Collective is pretty badass.
- As I mentioned above the plot itself requires some suspension of belief. Maggie does things and gets herself into unbelievable situations, all to save the world. It’s a wild ride – one I definitely recommend!