Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Contemporary, Teen-Spy, Espionage
Series? Book 1 of 6 in the Gallagher Girls series
POV: First person, past tense, one narrator.
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
About the Book (from backcover)
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school – typical, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class. Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but its really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist” – but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
I had been wanting a change from my normal high action, fantasy or dystopian reads. This was a great book for that. It was a change of pace, and I was in the mood for that.
While I am not one for romance, and most of the plot revolved around the romance, it did not bother me too much. That’s not to say I wish something other than a relationship drove the plot, it was cute enough. There were many unrealistic elements, but then again, this book revolves around a school or teenage spies. Not exactly the most realist thing, but fun all the same.
Cammie tells the story in a very casual way. It’s written like she is talking to the reader. I know this doesn’t work in all cases, but it is very appropriate here.
Things I liked
Without giving anything away, this book touched on misperceptions. There was a particular character the girls initially hated, but as things evolved, they learned to get along and even go to that character for advice. I also liked the theme about making choices even if that means letting go of something.
Bex was my favorite character in this story. She often provided humor to the story line. She also stood beside her friends the whole way through the story.
This is a very cute, fun read. I’ve heard that this series starts out slow, and improves with each book. I would read the next book anyway, but this makes me more interested in continuing! I’m actually halfway through the second book now, and enjoying it even more than this book! :)
Content: The plot revolves around romance, so lots of handholding and one non-descriptive kiss. Words like “hot” and “sexy” are used quite a bit. One of the girls uses the “B-word” (used in text like in the quotes, not actually written)
Have you read this book or any others by Ally Carter?
What did you think? Will you be reading this one soon?