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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Title: Also Known As
Author: Robin Benway
ISBN: 9780802733900
Publisher: Bloomsbury Teens
Released: February 26, 2013
Page #: 369
Source: ARC from the publisher

"Being a 16-year-old safecracker and second generation active duty international spy has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having a super cool job. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. Being sent on assignment to Russia - in the dead of winter. For Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding 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 for her first solo assignment, 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. From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies can't develop a mission plan for love."
First Lines: (quote is from the ARC - subject to change)

"I cracked my first lock when I was three. 
I know that sounds like I'm bragging, but really, it wasn't that hard. It was a Master Lock, the same combination lock that you probably have on your locker or bike."
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I have read one other book by Robin Benway... and now I can say, everything I've read by this author has been hilarious. Like... LOL funny. I can't help but pass the books along to other people because they're so fun. So... yeah...

Maggie is the child of two spies. She can't help but learn the trade. Her specialty is cracking safes and a little bit of forging. All of this is going to help her when she gets her first solo assignment. She has to go to high school and befriend some handsome boy. There is way more to it than she expected - and she finds herself falling for the wrong person. All while being snarky, hilarious, and overall lovable.

Honestly, I wish I could be friends with Maggie. She seems amazing. I can only imagine how someone like that would really be. Of course, I'm not sure that a spy family is all that realistic. But who knows! It seems like a glamorous life and who doesn't want a taste of that?! I also loved her friend, Roux. She has the same snarky, silly personality that makes her lovable.

Can you imagine crashing into high school without having any sort of experience? Especially as a Junior. That would be crazy.The social politics could be overwhelming. Not to mention figuring out who you should and shouldn't talk to. School is stressful enough without all that stuff. But I thought it was so fun to see that setting through the eyes of someone who hasn't been there before. It makes for pure comedy gold.

Truly, I will read just about anything this author writes. I think I've missed one, so I'll have to go see if my library has it (I'm sure they do). I am just amazed at how much I laughed during this book. There are some serious themes as well - along with one high speed chase - but it is really a well done book. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like it. Definitely give this author a shot!
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