Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 14th 2014)
Series: Also Known As #2
Hardcover: 320 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
I have been waiting patiently for Going Rogue to come out after reading Also Known As since last year and have to say that Going Rogue didn’t disappoint me. Sequels are one of those things that can be mediocre or disappointing and I loved how many of this year’s sequels, so far, fall into the yes, I’m loving it sequel category. I loved seeing more of Roux, Jesse, and Maggie. They have this tight knit relationship that I love and Going Rogue tests their relationship. Sure, they have arguments because even after Maggie tells them that she’s a spy in the first book, Jesse and Roux aren’t happy when they find out what Maggie has been doing. Jesse is especially unhappy when she blows dinner with him and his mom. I love seeing their relationship grow in this book. Roux was still the same funny Roux we know and love back in Also Known As. We see more of how her parents always abandon her, even though she lives in a fancy shmancy apartment complex in New York with Harold as her only company on most days (That Harold scene was still my absolute favorite. Just tells you how Harold isn’t fazed at all by her random outbursts about him.). The only thing that I was disappointed about is we don’t get the full story of why the girls are still name calling Roux. I’m curious as to know why.
Then, after the fights there are big blowouts. With Maggie’s family scattered she has to go to one of the safest places in France where we meet new characters – Ames, Elodie, and Ryo. Even after reading the novel, I still feel like I don’t know too much about them, but they do prove to be trustworthy. I’m not sure what I think about Roux and Ames…I mean the moment they meet they have sort of this instant love eye flirting tension. But, Ames is really sweet. After he heard it was Roux’s birthday from Angelo (who surprised even Maggie) he sets off to buy things to celebrate her birthday, even though they were in midst of danger. I don’t know if it’s because there are couples all around which makes it so Roux had to have a guy interested in her, but Roux deserves happiness after how horrible her parents are to her.
Oh yes so you know how random Also Known As can be in terms of humor there were so many in Going Rogue, but the most random one was Jesse suddenly knew French. It kind of annoyed me, but I forgave the author for that after all the sweetness that made up of Jesse and Maggie in the book. Anydoodle (yes that one was from Roux and I’m taking it), there’s good old Angelo, who reminds me of a grandfather and Maggie’s parents who are probably just as cool as Roux.