- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (August 2, 2010)
An elite group of nerds fight school injustices by running a clandestine operation in high school.
The C.Y.A., a.k.a. Covert Youth Agency, hacked into the digital school sign and posted their message: -- If ever you're in need of help and you have nowhere else to go, seek out the C.Y.A. We're always watching and we're here for you --
Peter "Pi" Samuels, a fourteen-year-old sophomore, runs the shadow operation at Trenton High School.
Pi's obsessed with the high school band's lead violinist, who's as beautiful as the music she plays. When she contacts the C.Y.A. to find out if her boyfriend cheated on her at a party, Pi's objective becomes clear. Prove that her beau was unfaithful. Then maybe Pi will be the perfect should to cry on.
Pi schemes to destroy his love's boy-toy, all while avoiding a deranged coach bent on exposing an untraceable geek squad for hire. The Covert Youth Agency.
When Jason contacted me to read C.Y.A I jumped at it. The story plot was one I could see myself enjoying. So when I finally got it in the mail I inhaled this book in one sitting. C.Y.A was fascinating and I could see how the Authors love of comic books came into play. Don't get me wrong this isn't a comic book. PI's character was amazing. I can see how any girl could fall for PI. Lighthouse was a character I could relate to, her sense of anger was something I went through when I was younger. But I have 5 brothers. The character development was stupendous. All the characters played a wonderful role which made the book well rounded. It's not often a book pulls me in and doesn't spit me out till the end yet this one grabbed hold.
There were only a few minor issues I had with the book. Yes, I mean minor! First, the use of a female during her menstrual cycle as being on the RAG was gross. I know she was being crude but even being crude the choice of words is usually what a man or guy would say. The second is I felt the characters acted much older. I could see them being 17 not 14. There wasn't anything that was explicit. Nothing that I would be alarmed about. Though sex and drugs are mentioned. See not much really to be disappointed with. I even love the cover, it fits in perfectly with the book. Speedy and Awesome plot was enough to invoke a reader until the very last page. Did I mention it was just an all around fun read? I know what you are thinking, Yes you are missing out! Hurry go get this one! ( I also couldn't break the ladybug code.)
I do intend to keep this on my shelf. I also plan to continue reading Jason Ancona's books.
You have to watch this video. I can only assume Jason Ancona made it himself. It's so funny! It was posted on amazon under the reviews for the book.
To find out more about the C.Y.A click here to go the the website. It's a lot of fun. Plus you can find some eggs! There is also an IPad contest!!