February Discussion: Code Name Verity

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Truth time, guys. I haven’t read the book yet this month. None of it. I don’t know what happened. I got it out from the library at the end of January, and it has been sitting by my bed for weeks, but every time I look at it, I just…pick a different book to read. I have read it before, but it was three years ago, and so I am fuzzy on the details of the plot and characters. I do remember that I loved that the book centered around a strong, complicated female friendship. I do remember that. But other than that, my brain is a big ol’ blank, so I took to the internet to provide me with some discussion questions for you.

  • Do you think having two narrators detracts from the story or strengthens it?
  • Is Julie a reliable narrator? How much of her story do you think is true?
  • What did you think of Anna Engel? Sympathetic? Reprehensible?
  • Our modern world is rife with conflicts and wars. How is Code Name Verity relevant to these present day struggles?

I hope that you enjoyed this book! And if you didn’t, I can’t wait to hear why not. As usual, discussion in the comments, and vote for next month’s book here.

February Discussion: Code Name Verity

8 thoughts on “February Discussion: Code Name Verity

  1. Jeri says:

    I’m afraid I also didn’t read the book this month. I tried, really, really hard to get through it, but it just didn’t resonate with me. It might have been the two narrators, I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy it.

  2. Valerie says:

    Well I did get through the whole book and as I was reading it I kept thinking it didn’t really fit the YA genre. I just don’t want to read about the torture of POW’s nor having to shoot your best friend to avoid more torture when I pick up a YA book. Maybe I am just too old or perhaps couldn’t see past that to get to the wonder of their friendship. I would say I liked the book and yet I could also say I didn’t like the book. I liked Anna; she did what she could in a situation where not much good can be done. I did not like the two narrators but if I had to pick, I preferred Julie’s style. I wish I had something profound to say about today’s present struggles but the older I get the less I seem to understand people and their ways.
    Onward and upward.

  3. Carlia says:

    I haven’t finished the book yet. It is taking me some time to get through it. I’m interested enough that I would like to read it through to the end but it’s taking longer than I thought it would. I do find some parts to be unrealistic, the long-winded mostly somewhat unrelated story-telling, the constant humor, and the sassy comments about her captors is not something I image we would hear from a WWII prisoner who is almost non-stop interrogated and tortured. I am not yet half way through the book so I could be jumping the gun here and everything will be straightened out eventually.

    I’d love to read something more upbeat the next month.

  4. Carlia says:

    Some thoughts:

    Walk On Earth A Stranger – Rae Carson
    A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
    Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson
    The Wrong Side of Right – Jenn Marie Thorne
    The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

      1. Jeri says:

        I’m willing to try reading anything. As you can tell, it doesn’t mean I will actually get through it, but I’ll try. Love the sounds of some of the fantasy ones that Carlia suggested.

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