Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Review

Elizabeth E. Wein

Publication Date:
May 15, 2012

Doubleday Canada

352 pages

CAD $19.95

A copy was provided by Randomhouse Canada for review! Thank you!


Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery.

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity”s” own words, as she writes her account for her captors.

About The Author

ELIZABETH WEIN was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica and Pennsylvania. She has her pilot”s license, and it is her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity.


What’s it like to be a girl living in the time of World War 2? And you’ve been kidnapped as a prisoner of war? What happens when you become friends with a Nazi spy? Verity is her name and she’s a British pilot who wants nothing but to fly her planes and spend time with her best friend KittyHawk.

The book is set as a diary of sorts. I always enjoy the diary structure and its insights into the writer’s world. This one was no exception. Written with a detailed explanation of her life, both Verity and Kittyzhawk write with such honest descriptions that you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported in their world. So many details of airplanes and the like, I was rather bored and even thought that I wouldn’t finish it. Maybe because I’m not a big historical fiction fan, or maybe I was just wishing something integral to happen, but I felt all kinds of lost when the author would switch to third person and first person point of view. I don’t know if other readers felt the same but I would have to re-read certain pages to even understand who I was reading about.

Overall, a wonderful book about friendship, and war Elizabeth Wein writes with a vast the knowledge of the era. One I’m sure she did an amount of extensive research on.

Rating 3/5


“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”—Verity (68)

“Now all I can think of is where she is and how much I love her. And I start to cry again.”—Kittyhawk (263)