Author: Robin Benway
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Synopsis: 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.
Huge thank you to Walker Children’s / Razorbill Canada for the advance reader’s copy of this book!
Also Maggie and Jesse are still freakin’ adorable. They are such a wonderfully sane couple despite all the circumstances and insanity they face. When Jesse created the alphabet of Maggie, I nearly died of laughter. In fact, this book is really made of smiles and laughter. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments that it was hard to be frustrated with it. Maggie is still a terrible spy, but I love that she constantly tries. She felt much more mature and realistic in this book and her voice was still as infectious as ever.
And Roux and Angelo! I am so happy that they got the endings they did. No spoilers, but they were my favourite characters so of course I was rooting for them to find some sense of happy in their lives! I think everyone in this book has such a wonderfully positive attitude (yes, even Roux) and perhaps that’s what worked for me most of all.
Going Rogue is such a snappy, fast-paced read. It’s for those who want a little action, a little romance, and a whole lot of fun. It doesn’t expect a lot from its reader, it just expects that the reader has a charming ride from start to finish. Read Also Known As and then grab Going Rogue and I swear you’ll have a lot of fun with this series.