Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 343 pages 4/17/13 pub 2012
There is torture, interrogation that amounts to torture, lies, the fear of rape, and a crazy amount of intimidation in this novel about two British girls behind the lines in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Torture in a YA novel; it is intense, is it over the top? Possibly it is, for some, not me. The two girls are the picture of unreliable narrators. One is telling her story to Nazi captors, she interrogated spies coming from France, of course she is lying. Her best friend is a pilot, their names, even their identities, are changeable things, in fact, they switch names at one point.
“I AM A COWARD. I wanted to be heroic and pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending.” (3)
I really enjoyed this book and I am glad that there is a sort of sequel coming up.(Interlibrary loan, YA Quarterly Challenge #9, won an Edgar Award, Geography Challenge, France, A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book,)