by Ally Carter
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is an all-girls school that not only breeds the finest in polished young ladies, but also sets them up for success with unusual subjects like advanced martial arts and chemical warfare in science. For students like Cammie Morgan, breaking CIA codes in class is cause for earning extra credit. Cammie has no problem mastering fourteen languages and running covert operations, but she’s baffled when she meets an ordinary boy who has no idea where she goes to school or what she’s really capable of. Cammie soon finds out that the most dangerous spy mission of all might just be falling in love.
Ally Carter is by far the gold standard in writing teenage spies. There’s a lot of young adult books out there that feature finishing schools and teenage spies, but none really hit the mark quite like Carter. Her books are full of intriguing, realistic main characters and delicious plot lines that seamlessly weave together intriguing espionage and sweet teen romance.
In this novel, I fell in love with Cammie as the protagonist. She’s self-sufficient and just a little precocious, with a wonderful cast of friends at school and a really cool mom. The prep-school setting is really well done, and it just made me want to be a Gallagher Girl, fighting crime and sneaking around on all of the best cool assignments. Her best friends Liz and Bex are adorable and together the three of them make quite a team in staking out Cammie’s love interest. The spy elements are pretty downplayed as far as covert missions go, except when it comes to figuring out all there is to know about boys, but its fun and Cammie’s cluelessness when it comes to the opposite sex makes for a fun story.
I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series! Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls are pure fun!