Tuesday, December 12, 2017
BOOK REVIEWS

GALLAGHER GIRLS

Ally Carter

School is hard but being a spy-in-training is even harder. Now, combine the two and you get the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, it is a truly unique and amazing blend of mystery , romance, adventure, and action. The series comprises of six  novels I’d Tell You I Love YouBut Then I’d Have to Kill You;Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover          Only the Good Spy Young; Out of sight out of Time; and United We Spy.

The series follows a young spy-in-training Cammie Morgan, a.k.a chamaeleon, because of her capability to hide. She is fluent in fourteen different languages, killing a person is a job she can do using only her chopsticks but there is a race of humans she doesn’t know how to associate with – boys (“perk” of being in an all girls school).

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school. Considering, every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and breaking a CIA code is considered a child’s play. Also, regular people seem to think that Gallagher Academy is a place for spoilt rich girls who care about nothing except money.

Our protagonist along with her two best friends have many codes to break and many garbage bags to search. They get into trouble way more than any teenage delinquent we come across at our schools. This book can make you laugh and cry at the same time while dragging you further into the world of spies and high school. In these quintessential books, Cammie has to deal with boy drama, working with her mother (the head of the Gallagher Academy), having to work with the Blackthorne Institute, mean girls, annoying rich people, going through garbage, breaking rules, the Circle of Cavan–an ancient terrorist organization,  writing reports, fighting, emergency drills and a LOT of hacking. Also, sometimes spies, like our protagonist, end up having terrifying encounters in London, have to race against time and end up in alpine convents with nothing but pants and a threadbare top, without shoes and their memory. Not to forget about betrayal and death which come as a free gift in their journey.

So if you are looking for a good book to fall in love with, grab this page- turner and enter a whole new world, the world so perfectly carved with beautiful details by Ally Carter, and a narrative so strong that it feels like you are an actual part of the story.

Chhavi Pathak

Student-Reporter

January-2017