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Discussion: What book has unexpectedly stayed with you over time?

August 28, 2018

I had been considered writing about this book, but I recent request for underrated books made me feel I needed to write it as soon as possible. There are always going to be those books that we know are going to be inspiring, motivational, or beautiful for their portrayal of the human spirit; memoirs of those that survived harrowing ordeals and came out the other side still championing that the world is good, that people are good. This is not for those books. This is for those books you hadn’t expected to be so moving or strike so true for you that you still remember them long after you’ve finished reading them.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is that book for me. I went into it thinking it would be an adventurous tale of two girls fighting Nazis and while it is that, it’s also a heartfelt tale of pure friendship. I don’t even remember how I first came across it, but it sounded right up my alley (I love WWII settings.) and I bought it used for $5. I’m not the type to have a gaggle of friends, but I tend to have a small number of very close ones, sister-like, and so the friendship between Julie and Maddie was familiar and heartwarming.

“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”

― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity


Just as quickly as they find each other, they lose each other. We follow as they struggle to get back to one another behind enemy lines and it is absolutely heartbreaking. I cried so hard over this book because I could put myself in their shoes so easily. The author’s writing put me through all the fear and hope right along with them and I couldn’t get enough of this book. I’m still not entirely recovered even though it has been several years. There’s a sequel, Rose Under Fire, and I have yet to read it because I’m still not over Code Name Verity.

What book has stayed with you over time even though you didn’t expect it be so moving?

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  1. I’d say one of the books that stayed with me for a long time was Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. I really hated one character for the entire book and on the last page she added a twist that made me question everything. Do you read her books?

    1. I’ve read a little by her, but that certainly makes me want to read Salem Falls! I’ll have to add it to my next book haul.

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