Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?
Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three digits, why bother locking it at all?)
But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she's attending a private school with hundreds of "mean girl" wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school's elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat... all while trying not to blow her cover.
From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies don't have a mission plan for love.
Release Date: February 26, 2013
With the Gallagher Girls series ending, I was looking for a new spy series to read. Also Known As sounded perfect, but while there were certain parts I really liked, I wasn’t a huge fan of the overall book.
The characters were all pretty intense! I just didn’t like Maggie that much, as I found her almost too goofy and immature to be believable as being 17 years old. I could not relate to her and the same went for her best friend, Roux. Roux would best be described (in my opinion) as a bad friend. I admired her loyalty to Maggie, but sometimes she made pretty dumb decisions and I wished her background regarding everything could have been further explained.
Jesse was a sweet guy, although I found him to be slightly unbelievable for a teenage guy. I thought Maggie’s and his relationship moved way too fast and I didn’t see any connection there, although that could have just been because I didn’t relate well to either of those characters.
The plot was entertaining and when I overlooked the unrealisticness of some things and just treated it like an entertaining read, I began to enjoy it a lot more. However, it took me almost a week to read solely because of the fact that I didn’t have very much motivation to pick it back up.
To end things on a more positive note, however, I loved the way New York was depicted and all the spy-related stuff was pretty cool. I doubt I’ll be picking up the sequel anytime really soon, but I definitely want to get to it eventually. I’d give Also Known As 3 out of 5 flowers.