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From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B00B1D0H44
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (February 26, 2013)
- Publication date : February 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 943 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #266,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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This book was very entertaining. I totally thought Maggie’s safe-cracking ability seemed unreasonable for her age when I was going into the book, but I think Robin Benway did a great job of making it believable. She gave Maggie a good amount of technical knowledge about it that made it feel reasonable.
I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Roux was probably my favorite character. She’s just enough spunky and vulnerable. She made things fun and she was full of surprises. The only thing I wished about her is that I could’ve gotten a better description of what she looked like. I couldn’t quite picture her. In fact, I really wish all the character descriptions were a bit more detailed.
Maggie was great. I loved how she talked to herself and needed to give herself pep talks. I totally am the same way and I really appreciated that she was like that. I really liked her voice in the book, which is good because the book is fully in her perspective.
My few complaints about the book are the beginning and the ending. The beginning felt a bit too much like she was going to tell us the whole story of her life. It was just too much of filling us in to get up to speed, but it gets into the story fairly quickly, so it wasn’t super bothersome. The ending felt a bit rushed. I really liked the pacing of the book before that point, but all of a sudden it speeds to the end after. I did enjoy the ending, it just seemed to all happen so quickly when the rest of the book didn’t seem to be passed quite as fast.
(Kind of Spoilers!) For some reason during all of this book, I was suspicious of the Collective. I totally thought there would be a twist and the Collective would actually be evil and Maggie and her parents just didn’t know. I mention this because that suspicion was totally wrong. I have no idea why I felt that way, but something in the writing or plot just gave me the impression of it. (End Spoilers.)
Overall, I really liked this book. It kept me really entertained and I definitely will read the next book in the series.
I really liked the insights into Maggie’s safe-cracking ability. If you’re going to make me believe that this teenage girl really can crack almost any code, you better give me some proof, and, well, Benway did. She showed her intelligence in other ways throughout the novel, even though she definitely slipped up at times(as is understandable).
But even more than Maggie’s spy activities, I really loved the glimpse of this girl who has been anything but normal all along trying to be a normal teenager. She’s a fish out of water from the start, and it doesn’t take long for that to lead to some humorous moments but also some really poignant moments of friendship. I love that strong friendships have been components of both books I’ve read from Robin Benway. I also really liked seeing Maggie’s relationships with her parents in Also Known As. It’s unconventional, due to the nature of their work, but it’s a strong relationship and it’s nice to see parents be so involved in YA.
Jesse Oliver, the love interest, was smile-worthy as well. I loved seeing Maggie interact with a boy she has a potential interest in and trying to figure out HOW to navigate the world of romantic relationships, which is an area she’s had little experience in. Their interactions are sweet and sometimes awkward, but mostly adorable.
Even though there’s some spy activity in this book, it was mostly just a cute read. I think that might disappoint some people who want Also Known As to be a little more, but it was right what I wanted at the time. I read this one after finishing some quite lengthy and serious books, and getting to enjoy Maggie’s world for a little bit was highly enjoyable and amusing. I did have a few minor issues towards the end about how something happens and Maggie doesn’t try to inform her parents, which I think would have taken care of a lot of the problems, but I’ll let it slide since it worked out well in the end.
Top reviews from other countries
When she gets her 1st solo assignment as a spy at a private high school in New York, she's very excited. After she befriends with Roux & becomes smitten with her target, Jesse Oliver, it's becoming harder for Maggie to keep her cover while trying to collect the evidence from Jesse's father's safe.
While Maggie is a fun teenager girl, I don't like her new friends much, not about the binge drinking and devil-may-care attitude of spoiled rich kids.
I guess this series is written for YA, but the way these kids are drinking and skipping schools are not a good examples at all.
Very disappointing from Amazon not to be clear.