Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter

This was a book I started in 2013 and just finished. I love Ally Carter's books and the strong female characters she creates. This is the 3rd book in the Gallagher Girls series and could have spoilers for the first two books in the series.
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3)
Hyperion Books

Macey McHenry's dad is running for Vice President of the United States and Macey is an important part of his campaign. Mr. and Mrs. McHenry want to show a perfect family to the country to try and win votes and poor Macey must act the way they want her to. She spends most of the summer campaigning and is glad when Cammie joins her for a campaign in Boston. This proves to be more important than just being there for her friend, when Cammie stops a kidnapping effort on the rooftop of the Boston hotel. The girls' world is turned upside down as all their training becomes reality. The attempt is foiled, but Macey and the Gallagher Academy itself are in danger. To protect Macey, a Secret Service agent is assigned, who is a Gallagher girl herself and Cammie's aunt. As the stakes get higher, Cammie and her friends try to protect Macey, but things may prove to be more than they seem. The girls are back in one of their most dangerous missions ever, to protect one of their own.

I absolutely love this series. The girls are both strong and clueless at times. They can speak several different languages, know dozens of ways to disarm a man, but are clueless in the ways of boys. The boy dilemma is cute without becoming the main plot of the book, leaving the girls to be the perfect spies with just a hint of boy drama. I love how the sisterhood comes together to protect each other, even to the point of risking their lives, and how they don't abandon each other no matter what.

Favorite Character: Cammie. She knows what it takes to make a good spy, but she is also remains true to the thoughts and feelings of a teen girl. She is crushed by Zach at different times, but she keeps her head in dangerous situations. She is extremely loyal and caring.

Favorite Quote: "Every spy knows that what you don't say is just as important-maybe more so-than what you do."

What a great series with strong heroines who remain true to their age! I love recommending this series, particularly to middle and high school girls to show them girl power. This one shows that the stakes are getting higher with each book and that sometimes you can only depend on your friends. 5 cups of cocoa!

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