Title: Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4)
Author: Ally Carter
Summary from Goodreads:
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.
Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.
In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.
Being as this is the forth book in a series, I have to give a warning that it will be hard/impossible to review this book without spoilers. So if you haven’t read this book or this series, I urge you to read them and to stop reading this review. This is a wonderful series and I highly recommend it to pretty much everyone.
Now to start off with this review, I have to say that this book is like a third Alias, a third Chuck, and a third something all of its own, and I love it. In this book, the world isn’t black and white, as it is in many other books that have the fight against good and evil. Once again, I am going to compare it to the Harry Potter series. I have to admit that I love the Harry Potter series, but there are things lacking, and I love it enough to admit it. In Harry Potter, if you’re from Slytherin, you are evil, if you are from Gryffindor, you are good. It is as easy as that. Black and White. (Don’t mention Snape because we spend nearly 7 whole books listening to Harry bitch like a little girl about how evil Snape is and how he wishes Snape would die, etc). In this book, it isn’t that black and white. Gallagher Girls don’t all end up good and Hawthorne boys don’t all end up bad. Just because you start bad, doesn’t mean that you end up bad (Mr. Soloman). Just because you have evil parents don’t mean you are evil (Zach). And I love that fact.
And the bond of friendship in this book thrills my soul. It is nice to see a good friendship. No friends sleeping with other friends boyfriends. No blowing up on your friends for no real reason other than you are a moody teenager (yes, I am pointing my finger at you, Harry Potter). There is unwavering friendship and loyalty that stands the test of time, not to mention risks life and death quite literally multiple times.
Another amazing thing about this series is that everything doesn’t always go perfectly when the girls are on missions. When spying on parents, you don’t always end up not getting caught. As a matter of fact, more times than not, you end up getting caught. When going on a secret mission to retrieve information, you don’t walk out unscathed, you end up getting bruises all over your body and a dislocated shoulder. And your shoulder doesn’t heal immediately, but it takes time. This series, for all of it unreality, is more real than many others.
Going into this book, there were many questions from previous books. As I was going through this book, I kept encountering more and more questions without getting any questions. Finally, in the last 50 pages, many questions were answered. We found out what exactly the Blackthorne Institute was (a school for assassins). We found out who the women on the roof was that was after Cammie (Zach’s mom and an ex-Gallagher Girl). We learned who Mr. Soloman was (recruited into the Circle and working to bring it down ever sense). And yet, many other questions arose. What from Cammie’s mind do the circle want to retrieve? Why is it so important and why can’t they just kill her? Is Cammie’s dad really dead? Will Mr. Soloman wake up? And I am sure many others that I can’t even think of.
Anyway, the main point of this whole review is to say that this is an amazing book in an amazing series. Unlike a lot of series, it hasn’t gotten worse with sequels and such, but is still as good in Book 4 as it was in Book 1. My love for Cammie and all of her friends has only grown and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Unfortunately, we have to wait until February 2012. That kinda ticks me off, but there is nothing to do about it and I am sure that it will be well worth the wait!
Have you read this series? What do you think about them? Any thoughts on the next book?