I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (#1)
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (#2)
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (#3)
Only the Good Spy Young (#4)
(Gallagher Girls Series)
Author: Ally Carter
Published: March 20, 2007 - December 23, 2008 - June 9, 2009 - June 29, 2010
Good to know: fifth installment, 'Out of Time, Out of Sight'
Amazon Summary: (First installment) Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.
This is a collected review of the four installments.
Please consider yourself warned.. I'm obsessed with the 'Gallagher Girls' series. There will be a lot of raving about it below and you may not find this review all too helpful since I’ll only be telling you how brilliant it is, which means you should just read it right now and realize exactly what you’ve been missing out on (a lot.)
As you may or may not have figured out, it’s nearly impossible describing the GG-books in a concise format of words. The plotline is simply put a jaw-dropping maze.
Carter is a genius. These books fall right under the category of books you’re just awestruck by and cannot comprehend a human being has actually thought it all out. So again, Carter is a geniu, an amazing writer. She’s an expert at story-developing and storytelling. Although these are serious (deadly, if you will) stories, Carter has a gift of executing with much appreciated humor - some books will be darker/funnier than the other - but what she never fails to deliver, is action. Excitement. Suspense.
Cammie is fearless and bold, yet vulnerable. Cammie’s the average one in a group of friends with more particular personality traits, which will make her very approachable and neutral. And despite being a highly-trained spy, relatable. You’ll grow to love and trust Cammie and her friends, as well as the people around them.
I would say the GG-books are the only ones ever physically making me gape, not believing what I’m reading. It will surprise you, even shock you, and the excitement and anticipation will be never ending. It’s a page-turner and you’ll be dying to know what happens next and next and next (most importantly, it’ll deliver.)
I’ll admit I’ve found myself several times questioning what’s going on, asking why this and that happened the way it did and not another way around, and so on.. but it’s safe to say Carter knows what she’s doing.