Title: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Book 3 in The Gallagher Girls)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: June 9, 2009
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 a 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 kidnapper’s dangerous 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 they 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…
This installment really focuses a lot more on Macey, for the most part. It was really nice to learn more about her, and to see her and Cammie grow a lot closer. She’s already been accepted into the group, and by the rest of the juniors (who still never fail to crack me up), but now you get a real inside look into her life and her emotions.
And then there’s Sublevel 2! If only I could be a spy! Ahhh, that would be so cool! But I digress yet again. Mr. Solomon really puts the now-junior class to the test. And there’s that dang terrorist group that Cammie is so shook up about, which certainly lends to the suspenseful and action side of the plot. Every time Macey had to leave, I was worried. I waited with bated breath for news of what was going on. I definitely couldn’t blame Cammie for not paying attention to her classes while Macey was gone. And then, almost to the end? And then, the actual end? I mean really! What a twist!! I know that’s really vague, but there’s not really much I can say without giving it away! Just go read it.
The covers, too, just get better and better. I love the color scheme the whole series has, and these covers are so much better than the ones for other countries (in my opinion, at least). The cover model is sassy and mysterious, and the skirts with the matching spines, and the Gallagher Acadmey logo and everything is just really cool.
Of course, I didn’t forget Zach. His role is so strange in this book. He is so mysterious, but you can’t help but hope, pray, even, that he is one of the good guys. I worry constantly about Cammie, how she’s practically going insane, and then at the end …. well, that just keeps popping up, doesn’t it? I guess you should stop reading and go pick up a copy of the book! I promise, it’s amazing! And you won’t regret it! (At least, not until you finish the fifth and find out that the sixth doesn’t come out for more than a year!)