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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ally Carter: Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover

I finally got my hands on Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter! The series is beyond popular at my local library and the waiting list for each book is huge.

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.

Macey's father accepts the nomination for Vice President of the United States, which is exciting in more ones than one. Macey and Cammie suddenly finds themselves fighting off kidnappers on a hotel rooftop in Boston. And that's just the beginning!

As Macey travels with her parents to key states on the campaign trail, she has an intense private security team watching her every movie, making her secret romance with the possible future first son tricky. But they aren't the only ones watching--Cammie's usually there, too! Dressed in an array of disguises, she's determined to keep her friend safe and help get to the bottom of things. She knows Macey has the best security taking care of her, but the secret service can't compete with spies in training. Cammie can't shake what happened in Boston, feeling something was off about the kidnapping attempt. She won't rest--and is willing to break a lot of rules--until she finds out what. But Cammie the Chameleon isn't so good at blending in these days.

How can she help protect her friend when she keeps getting caught and shipped back to spy school? Why does she always find herself in danger? And how is it possible that the kidnappers anticipated the way she and Macey would fight back--do they know about the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women?

This is hands-down my favorite book from the Gallagher Girl series! What I liked best was that most of the book took place outside of the classroom, making for some edge-of-your-seat excitement for Cammie, Macey, and the Gallagher Girls. And, while boys are in the periphery, this story didn't revolve around impressing boys, figuring them out, or having boyfriends. It was an exciting journey with more than one surprise turn.

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