Cammie Morgan isn’t normal. She has a genius IQ, she can kill a man in 14 different languages, and there’s just one more thing. She’s a spy.
Well, technically she’s a spy in training, but on a ratio of normal-ness, that amounts to about the same thing.
The outside world thinks she goes to an academy of snoots: Gallagher. Turns out, it’s a spy school. But when she meets the guy of her dreams, she can’t tell him who she is. It’s classified. So now she has to play a totally different roll:
The new girl in town, homeschooled for religious reasons. She has a “cat” named Suzie, and her favourite flavour of ice-cream is mint-chocolate-cookie. So’s his. (It’s amazing what you’ll find out from going through someone’s rubbish, hacking their email, and tracking them through their shoes…)
Author: Ally Carter
Ages: 13 +
Idea of spies? Awesome. Idea of a forbidden romance? Not so much. In the end, the idea of spies won out and I read the book that I’d been staring at on the library shelf for a while. Verdict? I am so glad I did.
Those Gallagher Girls are cool. They’re all geniuses. They’re all trained in fighting defense. They have a screen program which tells them what languages they’re allowed to speak during lunchtimes. And yet, they can do stupid things, too. I loved that.
The characters were really strong. While there is nothing particularly unique about Cammie, she’s still a fun person. I think her total and utter unique-less-ness was part of the story. Reading about her is great. Thinking about her, she probably won’t win any “Heroine-of-the-year” awards, but all the same, she’s pretty cool. Who wouldn’t want to be a Chameleon who could blend anywhere?
Cammie’s friends were pretty cool, too. Liz was great. Absolute super genius, but absolute super klutz. (Sounds like me. Except for the super genius part. Moving on.) Bex, well, you wouldn’t want to get into a fight with her. And Macey? I don’t like Macey. While she’s not catty, she’s just not nice. An another thing I liked: the Gallagher Girls are your usual high-school girls from your average book, but they’re not catty. It’s like the Gallagher Sisters thing really strengthened them, and being a genius means you don’t have to be nasty.
The plot wasn’t the type of action you’d attribute to spies… it was slower than that. While it had enough spy-action to satisfy, it didn’t have enough to be awesome. It was a romance. That was the plot.
On the romantic element, it was very clean (I was worried about it being mushy), and overall, I was impressed. Josh was a pretty nice guy, so yeah. It was good.
I was impressed with the language. While most teen books these days feel the need to shove in a few coarse words, on the whole, this book did very well with that. At the beginning, there was one, represented by blanks (and a starting letter, so you know what the word is. That’s a bit annoying, it kind of defeats the purpose of having blanks.) However, overall, it wasn’t too bad.
I loved it how Cammie had a great relationship with her mum, an ex CIA agent, who runs the academy. I love it how her dad wasn’t a faded out piece of junk because he was dead (dead parents in books do that so often.) Apparently putting parents into the story is becoming more common these days. Good trend.
At times they spoke in other languages, without a very descriptive translation, and the writing didn’t make things clear. I read fast, so I had to assume stuff and re-read paragraphs. There were also a few ironies that I didn’t pick up immediately, but a reader who concentrated would get them all, I think. So there were a few holes, but on the main part, I liked the writing. The style was snappy-normal-person-talk (always fun to read.) Cammie was slightly sarcastic (I love sarcastic protagonists) and all up, yes, a very good book.