Published: February 26, 2013
Walker Books, 380 pages
Amazon Summary: Believe it or not, there are some drawbacks to being a 16-year old safecracker, daughter of spies, and member of a Robin Hood-esque organization that fights corruption. On the list: never getting to stay in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend, being the only spy ever to have a 10 p.m. curfew, and being sent on assignment to Russia. In the winter. For Maggie Silver, the major perk thus far has been the avoidance of high school, and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple Masterlocks on the lockers(If it’s three digits or less, why even bother?). But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York on a major assignment, though, 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 information she needs to crack the case, all while trying not to blow her cover.
For those of you who enjoyed Ally Carter's Heist Society books: Also Known As is better.
There is just something about teenager girls who excel at criminal activity that just makes me fist pump all over the place. Maggie (Margaret, Meg, Peg, Mags, etc.) has been cracked locks and opening safes since she was 3 years old. No big deal, right? Except it is, because she is a total badass. And she helps bring big wig criminals to justice....by a life of essential crime, herself. But I like to think of it as a Robin Hood deal. The good intention cancels out the rule-breaking. Right? Right?!
So she's had high-profile international cases for the past 16 years of her life. Now she gets to go to high school and be the star in her own case. Except this one involves infiltrating the life and heart of a super cute boy and well.... hormones come into play. And can I give Robin Benway a high five for writing some of the best, most entertaining, and most supportive parents in recent memory? It's so refreshing to read about parents who are present and active in YA's lives and it's one of Also Known As' shining qualities.
After Audrey, Wait! I knew that anything written by Robin Benway would be chock full of wit and awesome and hilarious. Also Known As brought it, just as I'd hoped and dreamed. I flew through this book. Favorite part? Maggie feeling her way through her first date, first kiss, and first love. Jesse Oliver is so endearingly insecure and eager to please. When do we ever see that in YA? SELDOMLY. Definitely a coming-of-age story intertwined with incognito spy work, not to mention a lot of awesome best friend sprinkled on top. I loved
Fans of Heist Society's nonstop action and of Audrey, Wait!'s wit and proper sarcasm (and sweet and awkward romance) need to drop what they're doing at this moment and preorder Also Known As.