Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her “new team” flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies – Goodreads
So I was pretty happy with the first book. Loved and adored. Because I thought it was a stand alone. I wanted more but I accepted my fate of it being a stand alone. AND THEN I FOUND OUT THAT BENWAY WAS WRITING ANOTHER AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. BECAUSE ALL THE FEEEEEEELS.
Going Rogue did not disappoint. I loved and adored this book so much. This book picks up right after the first book, Also Known As, you’re back with Maggie who is currently bored out of her mind. She has a solid relationship with her parents, and Roux and of course Jessie. But she’s bored. She’s not used to being a “normal” high school. I mean, her parents were practicing spies and she’s an expert locksmith. SAT practice isn’t really the same as breaking into dangerous places with her parents.
This book shows tremendous growth in Maggie though. She learns that it is hard to be a true friend while maintaining a relationship with her boyfriend and with her parents. There are a lot more moving pieces to life than Maggie really thinks there are. Although her and her parents are spies, she really deals with normal every day things. That could be meeting the boyfriends parents for a dinner, to having a fight with a BFF because Roux fears that Maggie is going to leave her from said boredom. It is a heartbreaking emotional scene because Roux has a shit ass home life, a horrible school life and her best friend is her anchor at the moment when everything else drives her crazy. Roux is a highlight to the story for me. Although everyone is truly a highlight for me, the Roux storyline really got me. Angelo, Maggie’s honorary Uncle, and Maggie are truly what helps center her when everything else in her life.
Although this is a second novel, the action did not slow down. If anything there was more action and more familiar guilt, which is something everyone understands, spy or not. Maggie also found out that Roux and Jessie are her family now. She spends so much of this novel trying to keep them out of the new spy caper, but she couldn’t because they are her family.
This book keeps us in New York City, where once again I felt like I was in actual NYC, but also Paris, in a safehouse. Benway excels at drama and the high speed of a spy novel that leaves me hanging for more, yet content that if this is the end, the little family I’ve grown to love will be okay.