I read this book for the first time in 9th grade as an assignment for History of the Espionage and Spying (yes, that was a course I could take in school and I loved it!). I didn't think I would like it that much, considering my usual genres consist of science fiction, fantasy, and poetry; I had also avoided reading it for a summer reading assignment, instead opting for Eighth Grade Bites, a book about an 8th-grade vampire, but that's beside the point. My friend had recommended that I read Code Name Verity for the assignment because she had absolutely loved it when she read it, so I did. It took me a little bit of time to actually sit down and read the book but once I started reading, I couldn't stop. It remains to be my favorite book of all time and also remains to be the only book that has made me cry for three days straight.
If you don't already know from the summary of the book, Code Name Verity is the story of two female spies, Maddie and Queenie, and the bond they shared together. The story is written from the point of view of Verity, who was captured during a mission behind enemy lines and is being forced to write down everything she knows about the British intelligence. As a reader, you are reading the letters of information (complete with crossing out and notes in the margins) as Verity writes them to the person who captured her. Through these, you dive into the story of Maddie and Queenie's friendship and backstories.
Overall, the writing is impeccable! It really resembles the time period that the book takes place and evokes feelings in the reader as they read Verity's writings. The friendship of Maddie and Queenie immediately connected with a friendship that I have, which is likely why the book was so emotionally touching for me. It is definitely a must-read for anyone and everyone.