Title: Also Known As
Author: Robin Benway
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.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 of 5)
My Review: Teenage spies? Adventure? Action? Covers? Yes, please! As I was reading it, I loved it! In retrospect, though? 3.5 stars. It was a nice, fun, light, waste of time. With a lot of cuss words.
I really liked the characters, and Robin Benway is fantastic at creating fun, believable teenage spy novels. I definitely had some trouble getting into it, at first wasn’t how I’d expected. (Honestly?I was expecting Gallagher Girls / Heist Society) Eventually, though, I did get into it. The characters were fun, the plot was engaging, and the development was incredibly well-written.
Content Advisory: A lot of drunk teenagers. About 40 or 50 minor cuss words.(the s-word, the b-word, the h-word, the d-word, etc.) Some mentions of teenagers ‘sleeping around’. Passionate kissing, nothing beyond that.
To Sum it Up: The plot was fun, believable, and full of excitement and adventure. The morals surrounding this book were very well written and, I was left with a strong impression of liking this book. Not loving it, but definitely liking it. However, it was definitely a YA novel, and I recommend it for ages 13+.
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