Publisher: Redpoint Press
Publication Date: April 2012
Genre: YA, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
About the Author: Laura Pauling writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She lives the cover of suburban mom/author perfectly, from the minivan to the home-baked snickerdoodles, while hiding her secret missions and covert operations. But shh. Don't tell anyone!
Book Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Savvy Bent expects magic on her first date with Malcolm - in Paris! Except over a picnic of sparkling cider and strawberry tortes, he gets shot at. That's only the beginning. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, Savvy must sneak, deceive, and spy to save her family and friends and figure out whether Malcolm is one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him.
A SPY LIKE ME is a cat and mouse adventure full of spies, a nefarious pastry chef, and a completely innocent teen girl. Well, not completely innocent.
A SPY LIKE ME, her debut YA novel, will be released in the spring of 2012. Catch a sneak peak in the anthology, IN HIS EYES.
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My Thoughts: A Spy Like Me is a very fun novel to read!! I loved the mystery and suspense of it all - Laura Pauling kept me guessing throughout! I was shocked in the end. I had guessed one outcome, and was given another!!! Way to go!!
I really enjoyed the setting of Paris. I think it added so much to the mystery and intrigue of the story. So many locations within Paris that I don't think could have been equaled anywhere else.
Savvy is quite a character! She is so spunky and strong for a teenager. I found her to be so believable - often questioning herself and her situation - very much like an every-day teenager!! However, she was born to be a spy - following in the steps of her parents - I think that makes her stand out. Malcolm, her side-kick, truly kept me on edge throughout the story. I was not sure how to feel about him. One moment I was cheering him and Savvy on, and the next, I hated him. Their relationship was a huge roller coaster!!
I have not read too many spy novels, but I can say that I really enjoyed this one. Laura Pauling left me wanting to read more about Savvy and Malcolm. And, I think she left the story in a place that there is room for more adventures from the pair.