Early Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway


Also Known As by Robin Benway

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury Juvenile US
Source: NetGalley
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. –Goodreads
My opinion: This was a fun read. There were times when I was laughing so hard and chuckling with the characters. The plot is that of a teenage spy trying to infiltrate a male student’s father’s research material so that she can stop an article from being published about her and her parents who are also spies. This was a great read that wasn’t too heavy and although it was a “spy book” there wasn’t really much that had to do with spies. Basically, there were moments in the book where there was some safe cracking and lock picking but other than it was more about the formation of a friendship that is very healthy and strong.
My favorite character had to be Roux. She is someone that was at the top of the food chain but was brought down thanks to one mistake she made. Not really a mistake she made but that she was used by someone. Ever since then she has been an outcast in high school. Then a year or so later come Maggie to town and they quickly become friends. Roux even helps Maggie with her relationship with Oliver. She gives Maggie dating advice and on top of that she trusts Maggie because Maggie is her only friend and when Maggie trusts her back, their friendship become really strong. Throughout the book, they each learn how to be a good friend to the other.
The plot is actually based on a really good information on who is trying to sell the spy information to the newspapers and what they plan to do after wards. Along the way, Maggie learns some startling information about the people that she trusts. Basically, this was a light read that deals with how friends help each other and how they can be good friends. I enjoyed the book, even if I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t that much spy-based.
Over all: 4 out of 5
P.S. If you like The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, you should like this as well (even if its less spy like.)

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