Horn Book reviewer Susan Dove Lempke writes about being a proud defender of spoilers who met her Kryptonite in Code Name Verity. I recently listened to the fabulous audio edition of the book, and, despite, knowing how everything would turn out, found myself so taken in by the voice that I kept hoping the book would end differently than it does. (Oops, I guess that’s kind of a spoiler. Sorry, Susan!) The audiobook has a particular challenge in that some of the author’s craftiness is conveyed via typographical means, but I was so caught up in the story that I didn’t miss it.
See the Book Smugglers for a side by side look at the U.K. and U.S. editions of the book. I hear the U.S. paperback edition will not repeat what the NYT review called the “lesbian Fifty Shades of Grey” motif of the hardcover.
And DON’T LAUGH but if you liked Code Name Verity try Judith Krantz’s Till We Meet Again. That book does have its Fifty Shades of Grey moments but also a great plot about a plucky American lass who finds employment in the ATA while her siren sister–a Parisian movie star–finds herself in uneasy collaboration with the Nazis. It’s a lot of fun.