Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover

Title: Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover, Gallagher Girls #3

Author: Ally Carter

Summary from Goodreads: 

When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Personal Review:

This is the third book in an amazing series. Can I just say that I have always had a fascination in boarding schools and books that involve Boarding Schools are my favorite. I guess it is because you remove the element of parents and a whole world of possibilities opens up. But then you combine that with spies and esponiage and it becomes so much better.

What I love about the girls in this novel is that they are there for each other through thick and through thin. I wish that I had friends that I was so close with that they are literally sisters to me. Plus there is the whole spying and secrets thing. I am like any girl and I love secrets. That is what I love about this novel. It is like a big puzzle that you are piecing together one piece at a time, but at the same time, it isn’t as heavy as adult suspense novels can be.

Additionally, the novel is written as if it was a report that is being written after the fact. That means that you are at least assured of the fact that nothing terribly bad is going to happen to the main characters. That is one of the things that I like best about the Young Adult genre… they don’t tend to keep you in too much suspense.

I love the little bit of Romance in this series, but what I love the most about this series is that it is even more about sisterhood and protecting your besties. I am not a feminist by any stretch of the imagination, but too many times in the media we see examples of when best friends stab each other in the back. They sleep with each others boyfriends and they are all out for themselves, so it is nice to come across a series that is entirely about staying loyal to your sisterhood above all else.

The other thing that is great about this series is that unlike in books such as Harry Potter, they treat many things a lot more realistically. Not all fights with the bad guys happen just before the end of the semester (this one happened with at least three weeks left to go in the semester). In addition, their hair doesn’t always look perfect after a fight, when they are battling for their lives, they get concussions and have to spend weeks to fully recover. That is something that I appreciate about this series and this author.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I have it requested at the library and I am only waiting to get the email telling me that they have it on hold for me. Let me just say that if you have not read this series, I highly recommend that you read it. It is definitely one that when I can afford it, I will be buying these books. I have the first one and I cannot wait to get the next three!

Rating: 5

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