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. – Goodreads
AKA is the story of Maggie, who has been lucky enough to avoid high school because her parents happen to be spies. The good kind! The kind that expose bad guys and save the world. Her parents are likeable real characters, that aren’t cruel, and actually appear in the story. Although the story is told from Maggie’s point of view, it is easy to see as an outsider where her parents are coming from throughout this story.
For an assignment Maggie’s family moves from Iceland to New York City where she is to make friends with Jesse Oliver. She almost always calls him by his whole name. It’s adorable because she can’t help herself. She is used to being this stone cold person, but Jesse turns her into someone she doesn’t know and she loses it around him. A lot. She also befriends the ‘loser’ girl of the class. While this sounds like the typical YA novel it isn’t. Roux, and don’t you dare make a kanga joke, was actually once popular and well liked. She went on to make a mistake that everyone judges her about to this day. While Roux has made changes, the rest of her class has not. Of course they haven’t they’re teenagers.
There are a lot of growing pains in this book. Maggie changes, Roux and Jesse change and so do Maggie. Along with a few other characters this is a strong YA story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved and adored this book. I feel like I say that a lot, and I probably do, but this book was near perfection for me. It was light and fluffy and made me giddy with excitement. And while yes, the ending was wrapped up a bit too neatly, it worked for this story and that, in the end, made me happy.