Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Egmont Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: (from goodreads) I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I'm going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France - an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.
Me: I remember picking this book up 2 years ago to read it for a book club, and not being able to get into and dropping it. But I have tried again. And succeeded.
The Ups: First of all, it's a WWII story. And it is practically impossible for me to not enjoy a WWII story in some shape or form, because I am crazy about WWII. (It just utterly fascinates me. Does anyone agree? Comment below if you do)
I loved that the main characters were girls. Again, going on my WWII geekiness here, it makes me extremely proud that women really got into the midst of the war in WWII. I think that the book showed the power of them, and what they did for the war, while also mixing in their personal stories. It really showed their bravery, and how capable they were.
I really loved Maddie Brodatt. She was someone I felt like had a very strong voice, and I feel like she felt very genuine to me. Her character arc, I feel like, was very apparent even though she only spoke for half of the book. And I could really picture her world, and this may sound weird, but I felt a sense of comfort leaving her in her world after I read the book. It's like I knew she would be okay.
The Downs: But I faced the same problem as the first time I'd tried to read the book. It took me so long to get into it, and when the book would finally get interesting, it's go back to lengthy boring ranting again. I also feel like Julie's part of the book, or her "report" so to say, was very confusing because it kept going back and forth to the past and back. I felt like I was getting sucked out and in of a story and it was chaotic and weird.
Overall: Fabulous heroines, but not so great plot.
Rating: 4 kisses!