My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 25th 2006
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Espionage, Boarding School, Friendship, Action
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, 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, or 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?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.
Yesterday, I was in a book slump. I hadn’t been in a book slump for years. To cure myself, I decided to reread a favourite series of mine—The Gallagher Girls.
The key to loving this series is to not take it too seriously. It’s a series that explores the idea of being a teenage spy going to a boarding school that teaches spies how to neutralize an enemy, dozen of foreign languages, to unravel a bomb and other kickass things necessary for teenage spies to know.
It’s up to the readers to decide if to believe or not all they’re reading about, but it truly isn’t very hard to, because Ally Carter created something amazing here. She designed a world-building like a real architect. It’s almost as good as the world-building in Harry Potter, and I’m not even joking here.
This first book is packed with spy secrets and adventures, but mostly, it’s a fun story about a spy girl—Cammie—who has never interacted with a guy her age before, encountering a hottie during her first mission. No one was supposed to notice her, but he did.
What I like most about this book is that the romance is not the most important part. It’s not solely focused on Cammie and Josh. Every chapter makes us learn new things about the school, the students and the teachers. And we haven’t learned everything yet; there’s still so much left to discover.
Reading this series makes the reader feel like he’s part of something special.