Code Name Verity at the beginning of the independent reading project, was not my first choice. John had suggested that we read this book because it was recommended to him. It turns out that now, 83 pages in, I am thoroughly enjoying this book to the full extent. There are so many great parts to this book that I was having trouble coming up with the one item to write about. There is the great main character, the setting, and the intertwining backstory, and I did not know which one to choose. Then it hit me. Why not write about all of these ideas at once so I did. Without further ado, my thoughts and ideas about Elizabeth Wein’s unusual writing style.
Elizabeth Wein’s writing style is very mysterious for you never know where the story will go next. She also makes the book very realistic and relatable. I believe this is true, because she has great characters, such as Queenie. The author created these characters and did what many authors do, she pretend to be a character while writing the book. This allows for the book to feel realistic and you are able to relate to the characters. One of the biggest way this is shown is how Queenie gets side tracked. She will be talking about British hangers and then suddenly start talking about how the guards were treating her. This is how my writing is when it is not edited, and helped me relate to Queenie even though there is a 76 year difference.
What someone may have already picked up is that this book is a letter, written by Queenie, telling the Nazis all she knows about the British Army. The story is written from her friend Maddie’s point of view and she herself is in third person. This can be proven when a German officer says, “‘Do you not recognize her in these pages?’ von Linden prompted. ‘Ah, perhaps not; she flatters herself with competence and bravery that you have never witnessed. She is the young woman called Queenie, the wireless operator who takes down the Luftwaffe aircraft’” (58). This would make the story a letter of the author’s author’s friend in third person. If I just made your brain hurt I am sorry, but this is the way the book is written. This makes the book very intriguing to read as there are many mistakes. If it had been written in the author’s perspective, these mistakes would not have happened.
Lastly there is how Wien has Queenie organize her letter. Instead of talking about British Generals and other facts of the British Army, as many would have done, she talks about the background on how she ended up in Germany. Her story starts before the beginning of WW II. This lets the reader learn about how life was in the 1930’s. Even though this would seem awkward for a person to do at this time, the background was needed. Wien did this to transport the reader back to that day and age. Once the reader is through 20 – 30 pages, and they had a full understanding of the situation at hand, she starts with the facts about the British army. This is the same way with everything in the book that contributes to Elizabeth Wein’s unusual writing style. It is a little confusing at first, but everything is there for a reason. This is the main reason that I enjoy Code Name Verity so much, the unusual writing style. It is something new and it does not take away from the novel in any way, making the novel even more relatable.