The Low Down: In this first book of the Gallagher Girl series, you meet Cammie, aka the Chameleon. She knows how to blend into the woodwork and be average and invisible. The daughter of the head of the school, her mother, a former spy, took the post when Cammie’s dad went missing (and is feared dead) a few years back. Despite what the people in town think, Gallagher Academy is not a school for snotty, rich heiresses. It’s a girls’ training school for spies.
While working a Covert Operations class project in town, Cammie sees him…watching her. As she tries to recover and finish her work, she ends up face to face with 5’ 10” of cute boy – with a smile just for her. That’s when the lying starts – about where she goes to school, that she owns a cat and has not one but two parents. Then after, that’s when the spying starts. Certainly a normal reaction for a Gallagher Girl, right? Her friends, Bex and Liz, decide that they need to make sure Josh is who he says he is when Cammie and Josh start dating.
Can she keep up cover? Will Cammie stand up for her sisters, even if it means losing Josh? What will happen if the truth is uncovered? Is her relationship with Josh doomed from the start?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: I actually read Book 5 first…it’s a long story. My daughter was reading this one, so I caught up with her and then we finished it together. I love the spy angle, of course…but I also think the portrayal of each of the girls is very realistic, with the strengths, weaknesses, insecurities not only with school, friends and boys but with the added pressure of what they might choose to do for a living. I love the covers for the series, too.
I’m Cranky Because: We have a paperback of this. While, technically, it’s my daughter’s copy, it hurts my sensibilities that it is so trashed. The cover is bent and curls back, and there’s a circular stain (coffee?) on the front cover. She is not her mother’s daughter in this regard.
Should You?: (After you read this, please eat): YES
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter was published on March 20, 2007 by Hyperion.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Spy
Ages: 12 and up