Title: Also Known AsAuthor: Robin Benway
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
I don't know what to make of Jesse Oliver. He sounds like one of those cool kids in high school everyone wants to date, but honestly he sounds a little wimpy. He sounds so unsure of himself when they first started dating. I thought all boys in high school try to act cocky and cool? Well, that might work for some and might find it adorable, but I like my men confident with just a bit of vulnerability. I'm surprised, though, at how quickly Maggie and Jesse fell for each other. But then again falling in love in high school just felt so easy, remember?
I love the supporting characters; they are all so wacky! Roux and Angelo seems like a match made in heaven, and Maggie's parents crack me up. The storyline when they decide that they should ground Maggie had me laughing. It kind of reminded me about Emma Stone's parents in Easy A. Also, I love that they are so supportive of Maggie, and that she still comes first. Parents are usually depicted as too busy, especially since they're spies, but they were always there for her.
The spy/detective plot was certainly interesting! I like that I didn't figure out the evil mastermind until the end, although I wish it was explained why he did that. Also, a lot of the "stereotypes" about detectives where challenged, such as the wearing of trench coats and use of night vision goggles. Although if I was a spy and Burberry would be my coat, I'd be happy to play along with the stereotype. (And can I get Prada for my shoes?)
It's not the most original plot I've read in terms of teenage spies, but I like the twist that the whole family is a spy, and that she was able to rely on non-spy friends. I enjoyed it so much I'm really hoping there will be a sequel. I want to read more about Maggie and her adventures (and what happened in Luxembourg). If you're a fan of YA books, kick-ass females, kick-ass spies with some humor thrown in, you might enjoy the book as much as I did.