Also Known As
By Robin Benway
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
I read Robin Benway’s Audrey, Wait! earlier this year and really liked it, so I was hoping this book would be just as fun. Here is the Goodreads summary:
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.
Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She’ll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school’s security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.
Well, I fell in love with this book and with Maggie Silver pretty much immediately. This book was such a fun read, and Maggie is hilarious.
Maggie and her parents are spies who work for The Collective, an organization that stops all sorts of crime around the world. The story begins with Maggie on a job with her parents, which was a great way to jump into her world. She’s an excellent safe-cracker, and when we meet her, she’s using her skills to help take down a human trafficker.
I loved that Maggie worked with her parents. So often in YA, the parental figures are MIA. Sometimes it works for the story, and sometimes it feels cliched, but I’m always happy when I find a book that not only includes the MC’s parents, but includes them as integral figures in the story. Maggie and her parents have a great relationship, but their new job is going to test that: Maggie must go undercover at a private school in New York and befriend Jesse Oliver – his father may or may not be about to put the lives of The Collective’s spies (including those of Maggie and her parents) in jeopardy.
This book felt like a breath of fresh air after some of the books I’ve read lately. It was light and fluffy and fun and made me laugh out loud! Seriously, this book cracked me up. I also liked the story, seeing how Maggie reacted to being around people her own age for basically the first time in her life. Her new friend, Roux, was also hilarious. I’m pretty confident that if you liked the humour in Audrey, Wait!, you will like this book just as much – maybe more.
The romance, mystery, and humour in this book combined into such a great reading experience. I read the majority of this book in a single day, because it was just such a fun, addicting read. I was beyond excited to learn that there will be a sequel, out in winter 2014, especially since this book could have been a stand-alone, as it wrapped everything up nicely in the end.
This was a great read, perfect for a day spent on my balcony in the sun, and I definitely recommend it.