BOOK REVIEW: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Title: Also Known As
Author: Robin Benway
Published: expected release date February 26th, 2013
Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
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.

Mrs. Beamer's review:
This is the type of book I hope my daughter grows up liking to read.  It's light but clever...funny while still touching on some serious topics...and leaves you feeling GOOD.  While I was prepared for much more "meat" around the spy storyline, I wasn't disappointed that it was lacking.  I found the focus on the teen characters enjoyable...and applaud Ms. Benway for creating such lovable, flawed individuals for us to love :)

For me, the females stole the show in this book.  Maggie is perfect as a spy-turned-high school student trying to find her way...while Roux is the PERFECT compliment to her.  By far my favorite relationship in the book :)  And Maggie's mom makes more appearances than most parents do in YA novels I've read...loved it!

If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud and leaves you wanting more...this is the book for you!  I highly recommend it to all teens and look forward to buying it for my high school library.  I know it will fly off the shelf!

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 1
Drugs/Alcohol: 1
Potential Controversial Topics: none
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school

Meet the Author!
I'm the author of "Audrey, Wait!" and "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June." My new book "Also Known As" will be released on February 26, 2013. 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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