January 17, 2017 by elnadesbookchat
You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
Summary from Netgalley:
Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?
I just love a good spy thriller, especially one with a very strong main character, but one who still acts human. Reagan is a very relatable character, she reminds me of many teens I have known. She is angry and frustrated a lot of times in the book, angry especially at her parents who have pretty much decided her fate and the way her life should go. Reagan has always accepted what her parents wanted for her until recently. She is beginning to realize that there is more to life than the Black Angels, and that maybe she wants something different. We don’t see her interacting with her parents much, but there is one very tender scene with her mother before she leaves on a mission. How hard that must be to say good-bye to your parents and not be sure that you will see them again.
Her relationship with Luke, the boy next door, is very sweet and romantic. They have known each other for awhile, before they start to have feelings for each other, so it was nice to see their friendship blossom into something more. I have known kids who have moved around a lot because of family circumstances, mostly military, and it is always hard on them. But Reagan’s moving is much more difficult as she changes identities each time they move, and has to sever ties with everyone, not able to keep in touch with them. Luke is the first person she feels really knows her and they do have a special relationship which just grows stronger.
This is a solid debut novel by this author and I am looking forward to reading more about Reagan and Luke and the Black Angels.
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