Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Juvenile US
Page Count: 320
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This book is so much fun! I had the hardest time putting it down because every page was entertaining, heart-warming, and funny.
Maggie is a teenage spy--a safecracker, to be more specific. But that's all she gets to do: crack safes. Finally, she gets her own assignment. She must befriend a certain boy named Jessie and make him give her the opportunity to erase his dad's report on spies. Or else she and her family (along with all the other spies in their company) are in big trouble. Maggie is a likable character. She's funny, she's sweet, and she's adorably dorky. She kept secrets from her family pretty often, which was frustrating, but I liked Maggie a lot.
Maggie's new best friend is named Roux, and she's fantastic. She's fiery, but broken as well, and you can't help but like her! (As well as sympathize with her.) She's funny, brave, and a bit crazy. Jessie, the boy Maggie's assigned to, is amazing. He initially comes across as a huge poseur/loser, but as Maggie gets to know him, he becomes cuter and sweeter. And when Jessie takes Maggie out on their first date? So cute!
The plot is pretty quickly paced, as the book is quite short. It's extremely easy to fly through this one! There were some twists that I didn't see coming, and I liked seeing how Maggie tried putting the pieces together, along with the help of her friends.
Also Known As is an extremely cute, funny, and entertaining read that will take readers on a romantic (and thrilling) adventure. I recommend it if you're looking for a light and fun read!