Speed date with Maggie: ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

Posted 31 January, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 14 Comments

YA Contemporary Mystery
320 pages, hardcover
Available February 26, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Juvenile
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

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.

First date: Cute! Fun! Safecracking! The relationship between Maggie and her parents is adorable, especially when they have to let her go do her job while they sit around at loose ends. Talk about overprotective parents. But in a sweet way.

Second date: A little cheesy but I do love cheese. As Maggie tries to navigate the “real” world (aka a chi-chi high school in New York City) and fulfill her first real assignment, she also makes her first real friend and have her first crush which is on the son of the guy she’s trying to get info on. Talk about coincidence! (Or not, considering she needed to get close via the cute son.) I enjoyed seeing Maggie feel her way through the high school jungle while still trying to do her job. (Even though I don’t think those in the spy game really haul their kids around the world, expecting them to open locks for them…or do they?)

Third date: Maybe not long-term-commitment worthy, ALSO KNOWN AS is definitely a good time, like that bartender you flirted with for the free drinks.

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14 Responses to “Speed date with Maggie: ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway”

  1. Hehe I also do not think that real spies take their kids to do work for them. but… it anyways sounds super cute and I love when parents are a little overprotective…. it shows they care:))

    • I don’t know about the clever part — I loved your speed date! And yay for joining me! *happy dance*

      Free drinks with no commitment is right up my alley, too. 🙂

  2. This sounds a little like the Ally Carter Heist Society series and I just finished those and loved them. They were just fun books, and it seems like this is as well, and sometimes you just need quick and fun you know? Also, your review made me smile. I’ve never had a bartender flirt with me, I need to make that a new mission in life:)

    • It’s a little bit like that but, actually, I liked the characters even more! Maggie was quite funny and quite the little safecracker.

      You most definitely need to have a flirt with a cute bartender. They’re quite open to it…

  3. I do love Robin Benway! Somehow I didn’t even know about this book, I guess I somehow missed it at ALA too unless they didn’t have it displayed. Or maybe it has a different ARC cover. I’m going to have to look cause I know I want to read it!

  4. I adored Also Known As! It’s one of those fun little reads that can just put a smile on your face no matter what. I have to admit, I do like the old cover a million times better than the new green one though. I think the old cover spoke more about the story than this one does.

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction