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Also Known As by Robin Benway Book Review

Also Known As (Also Known As, #1)
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.

Source: Netgalley
Pages: 318
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.



12 comments:

  1. Sounds like overall these characters read much younger than their seventeen years. That can be really frustrating for me since I'm a bit of an older reader of YA, but this is the kind of story I would recommend to my younger cousins because I think they'd love it and the age thing wouldn't be as much of an issue. Glad the spy aspect was a highlight at least! Thanks for your thoughts, Montana:)

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    1. I think that it'd be a great read for younger readers. Thanks! :)

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  2. Oh boo that it wasn't too realistic. I loved Audrey, Wait! so much and bought another one of her books called April May and June or something but haven't gotten around to reading it. Bummer. I don't think I'll be reading this one but I'll give her another shot with the book I bought already!

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    1. I loved The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June a lot more than this one, so I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. That's a real shame, I've been looking for a good spy series after Gallagher Girls too

    http://theunironicnerd.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. It was still entertaining, but a lot different than what I expected it to be.

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  4. Sorry you didn't really enjoy this one. I've never read the Gallagher Girls books.

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    1. The Gallagher Girls series is one of my favorites :)

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  5. I've heard mixed things about this book, and honestly, it's just doesn't sound like something I would enjoy a lot. I'm not much into teen spy dramas type of books, especially if the characters are a bit over the top. Thanks for a great, honest review, love :) I definitely won't be wasting my time on this one now :)

    Happy Valentines! :)
    Evie @Bookish

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    1. Thank you! :) The characters were definitely kind of extreme.

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  6. I read this book a few months ago, and I have to agree with most of your points. I did like the spy aspect of it, the characters were okay - nothing special and slightly annoying at times.
    Lakin at Wonderous Reviews

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