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Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Posted by Caitie F on August 18, 2011

This is a great summer read!

Title: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Author: Ally Carter
Hardcover: 263 pages
Publisher: Hyperion
Year Published: 2009
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

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.


So I jumped into this series in the middle. It isn’t something I do often, but I won the book in a giveaway with a bunch of others books and I thought I would try it.

First off, you don’t need to read the entire series to enjoy one of the books. There were a couple times when I knew that I didn’t get a reference to events from the previous books, but I was never confused.

The book was just great! I loved the setting of the school. I felt like I was exploring a secret spy central. Training the girls to kick butt was awesome, especially because of the origins of the school.

I loved the writing style. The action scenes were actually exciting and had me gripping the book, nervous about what would happen next. There is a great mix of typical teenage wants and needs and the special issues that only spies would encounter.

If you are looking for a fun and fast read with plenty of drama and excitement, pick up this series! I have the next two books on hold at the library and can’t wait  to read them!


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