Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: Also Known As, by Robin Benway

Also Known As
Plant this one firmly on your list of easy summer reads:
"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."
Sound a little like the Gallagher Girls series? Yep. Not incredibly derivative, though: just close enough to appeal to the same fans. While the characters can be a bit stereotyped, they are thoroughly enjoyable (I want Roux to be my new best friend), and if the plot is somewhat predictable, I still didn't want to put it down. I feel like I'm saying terrible things about this book, but it really did work for me! Does it help if I point out that Benway is also the author of Audrey, Wait! ? You liked that one too, right? Then, go snag this one, curl up in the shade, and enjoy the next few hours!

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