Saturday, March 23, 2013
Also Known As by Robin Benway
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.
I love it when I read a book and even though I know there's going to be the whole boy-meets-girl thing, I'm so into the story that even though I've read 15% of the book with no meet cute, I'm not screaming for it to hurry up and happen already.
At sixteen years of age, super-spy Maggie Silver is on her first solo assignment; befriend a fellow student, Jesse Oliver and gain information on his father. The problem is that none of the files mentioned how incredibly cute or devastatingly sweet Jesse Oliver can be. (JSYK, He's swoony sweet.) For the first time in her life, Maggie is learning how to navigate the turbulent waters of high school and friendship while trying to convince her parents that everything is under control.
This is the second book by Robin Benway that I have read. (The first was Audrey Wait!) She has a fun and quirky style that I absolutely love. She also has a way of telling a story that causes me to get lost in her world.
Lastly, I have to mention that Benway has a way of introducing music in her stories without interrupting the flow of the story. I love when an author shares the playlist that's been in his/her head as the story is being written.
5 out of 5 stars.