Young Adult Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

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Also Known As by Robin Benway

Age Range: 12 – 17 years
 
Grade Level: 7 – 12
 
Series: AKA
 
Hardcover: 320 pages
 
Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 26, 2013)

Genre: Spy/Mystery

Source: Library

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

 

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About the Author:

I’m the author of “Audrey, Wait!” and “The Extraordinary Secrets of
April, May & June.” My latest book “Also Known As” was released in
February 2013 and the sequel will be out in Winter 2014. I live in Los
Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I’ve gotten a lot
better at cooking. I still love coffee. We should be friends.

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My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness this book is fantastic! It’s not a long book, and it
isn’t heavy reading either, so I finished it in a few hours. It is
hilarious! I laughed a lot while reading it.

The characters are a lot of fun. Roux is one character that will go down
in my “favorite sidekicks of all time” list. Jesse is genuine and sweet
and honest and good and a really great guy all around. Maggie is a very
entertaining protagonist. She uses wit and sarcasm to navigate the
shark infested waters of teenage espionage.

Content: There are some clean kissing scenes in the book, a bit of innuendo, and
more language than I would have liked. There is also under age drinking.
Overall though, this is a great book for teens if you don’t mind a bit
of content.

4 STARS

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