It’s about time I posted a review! I listened to the audiobook of Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover as a part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge.
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.
I know I’ve said this before, but I adore the Gallagher Girls. Seriously, I LOVE this series!
I wish I was friends with Cammie and her friends. I love their interactions and the way they’re so loyal to each other. If I was friends with them that would also mean I was a student at the Gallagher Academy too, which would be awesome….okay so anyway.
One thing I appreciate about this series is that it’s so lighthearted and easy to enjoy. I read this series when I need a break from some of the darker or edgier Young Adult fiction. But, despite the lightness these books carry maturity that is at times refreshing from the younger middle grades fiction I read.
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover, the third book in this series, definitely takes Cammie’s story a little deeper and darker that the first two books, but not in an overly intense way. Right away, the girls are faced with what turns out to be real danger, instead of a simple school exam. I know that some readers weren’t a fan of the more serious tone in this novel, but I appreciate the chance to see the characters, especially Cammie, show their more mature and thoughtful side. It’s real to life, because at some point everyone as to mature and deal with real problems – Cammie’s are just full of more secret agent intrigue than normal!
This book is packed with quite a few action scenes as Cammie and her friends strive to protect their friend Macy. Carter always keeps me guessing whats going on until the very end and this one is no different, I kept wavering between different guesses at what I thought was going on and who was actually involved. Carter had me stumped the whole time!
Regarding the narrator, Renee Raudman, I think she does an excellent job. Her voices are all easy to differentiate between the others and she infuses the characters with the right amount of humor and sensitivity. Sometimes her voice for Liz, can be a little over exaggerated, but I think it adds to the lightheartedness of the series.
I need to get my hands on Only the Good Spy Young, the fourth Gallagher Girls novel, before the fifth title, Out of Sight, Out of Time, is released in March! I highly, highly recommend this series to readers middle grades and older.
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 9, 2009)
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Narrator(s): Renée Raudman
Series: Third in a series
Buy the Book: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls Series)