I’ve always had a secret dream that I could one day be a spy.
You know, if I was braver, less clumsy and physically stronger; pretty much a completely different person.
That’s what I like about Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. I could be a spy! Cammie and her friends are just regular girls like me.
Winter Break is over and the girls of the Gallagher School for Exceptional Young Women are gearing up for a new semester. Sophomore Cammie Morgan is ready to move on and put her ex boyfriend and the unfortunate events surrounding their relationship behind her. Ready to focus on school and her future as a spy, Cammie overhears the school’s headmistress (her mother!) and another teacher secretly discussing something called “Blackthorn”. Of course Cammie and her best friends are intrigued and are immediately on mission to find out what “Blackthorn” is and why a section of the school is suddenly off-limits. Then Cammie and her classmates get a huge surprise as the headmistress makes a special announcement. Cammie always says, the Gallagher Girls are trained to be prepared for any situation, but this one is not what they had expected.
So, back to what I said about Cammie and her friends being regular girls. They are. The whole time I was reading this book, I thought I really like Bex, Liz and Macey! I want these girls to be my friends. I want to go on covert operations with them! What girl wouldn’t want fun, smart and loyal friends like these?I especially love the fact that in this second Gallagher Girls book, we’re starting to see more of the personality differences between the girls. I was impressed with Carter’s choice to have Liz take the research track of study rather than the fieldwork track with all of her friends. I think its good to see characters can still be friends despite different interests (that’s the middle school teacher in me).
Another aspect I enjoyed about this book was that the reader gets to see the bigger picture; that there is more going on in the world than just the Gallagher Academy. This is the same reason why I loved Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Catching Fire, and Breaking Dawn better than all the other books in their respective series! It is in these titles that the story zooms out a little and you meet characters from other locations. So, I’m super excited to know more about Zach (You’ll have to find out for yourself…) and the possibility of even more spy schools.
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was a bit faster pace than I’d Tell You I’d Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You, the first in the series. The more I read Ally Carter’s books, they more I completely love them. They’re fun, fast reads; the perfect way to spend an afternoon (or morning or evening…or late night). A highly recommended read for middle schoolers and up.