Tell Me Three Things By- Julie Buxbaum

27# Book Review– ★★★★★ (4.5 stars)

Tell Me Three Things

By-

Julie Buxbaum

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Okay oh my god, give me a moment.

*Screams*

*Flails arms like a drunk penguin*

*Screams some more*

*Tries to control the excessive amount of feels*

*Fails*

Okay, this book was amazing. Like I want this book to end but I don’t want it to end amazing. Like, I feel the characters are my best friend amazing. Like I just about died from all those feels and this should be made into a movie amazing.

So here’s a short summary first:

Jessie’s mother died after she got sick, leaving Jessie alone with her father who was, like Jessie, deeply impacted by this sudden loss. Fast forward a couple of months, her father meets this rich woman Rachel, falls in love with her, marries her, and off Jessie is whisked from her simple life in Chicago to Wood Valley, Los Angeles where she is supposed to adjust into her new life—with her step mother Rachel, who she can’t help but hate (and secretly refers to as the ‘stepmonster’), her gay stepbrother Theo who basically pretends she doesn’t exist, and into her new high school that basically comprises of these really snobby rich kids who think she’s pathetic.

Life couldn’t get worse.

Then in swoops ‘Somebody Nobody’ this anonymous person who goes to her school. He emails her and offers to guide her through the treacherous waters of this new territory. Jessie can’t help but accept.

Her life slowly becomes bearable as she tries to tackle with the loss of her mother, makes new friends, deals with the absence of her best friend Scarlett, and tries to gain control of the crush she’s slowly developing on Ethan, the local hottie slash guitar player of the local band ‘Orgasmville’ who has this mysterious loner guy thing going on for him.

All through this, Somebody Nobody aka SN is her constant companion.

This book was really, really cute. It was super entertaining, and I haven’t read a YA Romance like this in a long, long time. It had everything. There was humor, there was emotion, there was drama, and so much anticipation and mystery. I practically devoured this book.

One of the main reasons why I loved this book so much is because I was able to connect with the female protagonist of this novel—Jessie. I’m nineteen years old now, but I was transported back in time, to when I was fifteen. I remember being insecure, and super self-conscious; being that girl who had this intense fire burning inside her, and all this sass and humor, but who never was able to express it properly. I remembered how awesome I sounded over texts, and I realized how cool I was virtually, and how not cool in real life.

I remember having this intense desire to be seen, to be noticed. I was tired of being the invisible girl who lurked in the shadows. I wanted someone to notice me, to want me, to want to know me. (I still do)

I remember moving away, leaving everything behind and getting distanced from my best friend and the kind of uncomfortable strain it put on both of us, as we both tried to adjust to a new life that was devoid of the other. I remember being bullied at my new school and that feeling of not being accepted.

So yes, you could say that I’m a little biased and the reason I probably loved this book was because I could relate so well to it, and put myself in the main character’s shoes.

So why should you read it? I’ll tell you.

You are not just a reader when you read this book. You become a part of it. And that’s a big deal. It’s one thing to observe everything as an audience, and another to be right in the middle of it. This book pulls you in and plops you right in the middle of this book, and you experience everything first hand. The credit can be given to the writing style of the author, which is part ramblings of a confused, coming-of-age teenager, and someone who is very, very human. The characters were believable, playing slightly on the cliché side but not becoming predictable or just surface-level characters. They felt real. Especially Jessie. You can understand her pain, and her insecurity. She makes you feel like you’re her friend, and she’s letting you in on a secret.

Initially, the story didn’t seem to have a very visible plot. It just felt like a bunch of things were happening. But eventually we could see where it was going. This book was obviously a character-centric book, and quite a good one. The character development definitely took place, at a realistic pace and not in an overly outright fake manner. In fact, almost all the characters underwent some development so that was pretty good.

The book was funny, though not hilarious, it had drama (not a lot, but it did.) But most of all, it piqued my curiosity. It was super fun to read and I couldn’t put it down. I just had to know what happens in the end. It was super cute. And did I mention the feels? Oh my god, them feels! It’ll remind you how it feels to be a teenager, and how a crush actually feels like and it’ll just really play with your emotions in good way. Also, one really redeeming thing about the main character was that she was written smartly in a manner, that made her oblivious to a lot of obvious things without making her seem dense or dim-witted or naïve. Her obliviousness seemed perfectly plausible, if you see it from a teenager’s perspective. And I know because I used to be that way (still kind of am.)

All in all, it was a really entertaining read, and not fully predictable or anything. A very good one-time read!

In Real Life By- Jessica Love

26# Book Review– ★★★☆☆ (2.5 Stars)

In Real Life

By-

Jessica Love

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Hannah is the good girl who always does what is expected of her. She obeys her parents, follows all the rules, and maintains her good grades. She also lets life pass her by, playing it safe and running away from anything that is even slightly risky.

“My best friend and I have never met. We talk every day, on the phone or online, and he knows more about me than anyone. Like, deep into my soul. But we’ve never actually seen each other in real life.”

Nick is her best friend; sweet, hilarious, socially awkward Nick, who is member of this awesome punk rock band called ‘Automatic Friday’. She met him online. He calls her “ghost” because her presence haunts him long after he logs off all the social media apps and websites.

“I’m stuck somewhere between hating him so much, I never want to see him again and never, ever wanting to him to let me go.”

But now, four years since their friendship began, Hannah is slowly coming to terms with reality, and realizing she might just be harboring non-platonic feelings for this best friend of hers. This best friend who she has never met in real life.

“Following the rules for the past seventeen years has gotten me absolutely nowhere. I really need to do something about that.”

So, one day during spring break, Hannah decides to screws all the rules, to quit playing it safe and drive all the way to Las Vegas to surprise Nick at his gig.

However, her plan to surprise him goes awry, and she’s the one who ends up surprised after she finds out that Nick has been lying to her.

This book was a 2.5 stars.

The writing style was pretty basic, and average. So was the plot. It was the kind of stuff you find on ebook sharing websites like Wattpad, written by amateur authors. Most of the YA books out there are written like that, if not better.  No use of beautifying literary devices, just a teenage girl ranting and cursing herself for being an idiot. The description of things was also simplistic, and didn’t create a very vivid image.

There was character diversity, there were Mexicans and whites and Asians. And I’m all for that. I like that, it’s great. But it was also a little unrealistic. Like not all of them being racially different no. But in the start of the book, the main character Hannah mention 3-4 people, and all of them are Asians, (brown people) and like I get it, but it felt kinda unrealistic. Because why does Hannah know people of all these different ethnicities (Mexicans and Indians) but doesn’t know/or mentions white people which are supposed to be like the majority? The only one she knows is an internet friend and her sister’s ex-boyfriend. So the diversity felt a little forced, and not completely natural.

Personality wise, the characters were normal and believable, but not overly deep. We didn’t get a glimpse into the depths of their soul, just the surface. I didn’t get attached to any of the characters and I wasn’t rooting for them and their quest or anything, just reading about them like a passive spectator.

Yes, there was character development, only in the female protagonist, and it was made very obvious and basically the whole plot was centered around it.

The book was kind of predictable, and there were a lot of elements in the plot that were put there for convenience’s sake, and as soon as you identified those elements, you could predict the rest of the story.

So now, you might think, why should I read this book, and why should I avoid it.

Why you should avoid: It’s a cliché theme, internet best friends, unrequited love, pining after a guy who has a girlfriend…yeah. It has some very basic elements that are present in all such stories—the girlfriend, (who is always either overly bitchy, or overly nice, in this case she is nice) to create angst, a best friend who is boy crazy, a female protagonist who has a major flaw, usually a flaw found in shy people, or people who are kinda passive. A cute male protagonist, who has a cliché personality (the socially awkward introvert guy who is overly sweet) So yeah, it was pretty cliché in that way. It wasn’t an extra ordinary once-in-a-lifetime kind of event, just something very normal. So if you’re not into stuff like that, please avoid it.

Why you should read: So what if it’s cliché? Cliché themes exist for a reason. Besides, it was pretty entertaining for a one time read. I did kind of wanted to know how the two main characters would end up together, which is why I read this book in one sitting. If you can get over the lack of character depth, and cliché setting, and if you dig drama, you’ll find this book entertaining.

So why have I given it 2.5 stars? Because:

a) the writing style was very normal. Like the way I write, if not slightly simpler. I always like to read stuff that is better written than what I write.

b) The characters were slightly annoying? Don’t get me started on the best friend, and the elder sister. How annoying! If my friends behaved that way I’d be super mad at them. The main character was kinda annoying too. Very dense. Her internal ramblings were annoying me a lot.

c) I didn’t fall in love with the male protagonist. He didn’t steal my heart. I didn’t find him attractive either, so yeah. He lacked personality.

d) Everything was just so…basic.

So, read it at your own risk 🙂 x

Eleanor & Park By–Rainbow Rowell

24# Book Review–★★★☆☆ 

Eleanor & Park

By-

Rainbow Rowell

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“If you can’t save your own life, is it even worth saving?” 

Wild, curly, unkempt red hair, a body that feels too big, a life that is falling apart bit by bit, just like her clothes—we have Eleanor.

“There’s only one of him.” 

Feeling of not belonging, an abundance of love for comic books and mix tapes, struggling with his racial and gender identity, and coerced by the narrow social system of high school—we have Park.

These two misfits meet in the most ordinary of ways (in the school bus) and end up experiencing an extra ordinary love.

“What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that, he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back?”

 When they both are perfect for each other—but the timing isn’t.

“I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you”

When they both are falling together, but life is falling apart.

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.” 

Eleanor & Park are the next door star crossed lovers who’re experiencing something too good to be true; something too good to last.

“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’

‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.” 

This book reminded me, on more than one occasions, of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green. And if you know me, you know that I didn’t particularly like that book. So yeah, even with ‘Eleanor & Park’ my ratings are average.

Some of the parts were really likeable, full of quotes and feels-inducing, written effortlessly and beautifully. Like, I can really swoon over the quote-like dialogues, you know? But there were other parts, these really dull and plain parts that didn’t feel me anything, that made me want to skim over.

I’ll be honest, the story was realistic and believable and cute. But, I think it lacked intensity. Yes, there were a few parts, but I think even those could have been intense. As a teenager, I know how intense and high you feel when you have feelings for someone. This book was raw in terms of character and plot, and I liked that. I wish it had been a little more raw with feelings too. Saying ‘I love you’ a dozen times I great, but I wish there were scenes and actions that showed it more.

So I suppose that’s why it reminded me of The Fault in our Stars. Both of them are dotted with quotes, with realistic teen characters who are kinda bleak and see life for what it is. Both involve items/hobbies the couple bond over (books, and comics and music in the latter) I just didn’t feel it that intensely though. I craved a bit of…more. More angst, more pain, more intensity, more feelings.

The characters were nice enough. I liked the fact that Rainbow Rowell created a female protagonist who wasn’t perfect. Like we all read about the plain female protagonists who nobody notices but they in actuality are quite pretty and amazing. This though, this was the real thing. Eleanor was real. She didn’t have the body of a goddess hidden beneath layers of clothes, she didn’t look like an actress when you gave her a makeover and tamed her wild red hair. She just looked like a less messy version of herself, and that was really appreciable. Because hey, we all can’t be pretty and look like we’ve walked straight out of a movie scene. I liked that she wasn’t likeable. Heck, even I didn’t like her through most of the novel and couldn’t appreciate her personality, until later when I gained better isnight into her situation. So basically, it’s like judging a real person—you don’t like them until you realize they have their reasons.

Well we can sum her up through Park’s words basically,

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” 

Park was cute, I didn’t understand why he was so awkward and like why were they both just so hesitant to touch each other all the time, even after they got together, but it was cute.

The plot was kinda slow but it didn’t seem as if it lacked structure. I didn’t see major character development though. But by realistic standards, it makes sense.

I liked the racial diversity in the plot. Race was discussed lightly without tackling all the hard-core problems, to make the novel a light read.

All in all it was a decent one time read. I wasn’t completely blown away by it or anything and it did get kinda boring at times, but the writing is beautiful. Read it for the quotes haha

Missing Pieces By- Meredith Tate

23# Book Review–★★★☆☆ 

Missing Pieces

By-

Meredith Tate

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The book is set in a dystopian world where the government decides who you will marry, and bear children with. At the age of six, you are assigned a partner (based on how compatible your genetic codes suggest you are) and your whole life basically revolves around the institution of marriage. You have to say ‘I love you’ to this assigned partner of yours every time you meet. At age seventeen, you have a first kiss ceremony. After high school you have to live in together & only after marriage at age 24 are you allowed to have sex and then, bare children. Those who go against this norm, commit adultery, love someone else, are homosexuals, are shunned from the society. Their faces are scarred and they are sent to Lornstown, a remote town on the outskirts of the state where you have to live with the rest of the outcastes, isolated from the society.

Tracey & Piren are two best friends, part of this system, assigned to someone else, someone they are not compatible with. Partners are supposed to be like two puzzle pieces, who fit together perfectly, but not in their case. While the world around them shows couples who are made for each other, they feel like a bunch of misfits. As they grow up, their platonic relationship morphs into something more. They feel this connection that gets too difficult to ignore. Add in strict parents and teachers who are constantly trying to keep you apart because it is forbidden to be close to a member of the opposite gender unless they are your partner or family.

This book traces their journey, of how they slowly become best friends, then fall in love, and then go against everything they’ve ever known to pursue what means the most to them.

Okay, so let’s get one thing straight. This book is a shitty Dystopian novel. As for romance, well, it’s pretty average. I’ve read a few best friend romances, written one myself actually, and this one didn’t even live up to that. You might argue that the premise here is different, which is why it isn’t fair to compare it to a normal romance novel. But that’s the thing, the premise does nothing for this book. It isn’t as strong and believable as a premise in Dystopian novel ought to be.  It fails to establish the history and context behind its existence. Like, I get it, health and diseases inspiring the government to genetically determine one’s mate. But something rather severe and life threatening should have happened to morph the government into a totalitarian one.

Here’s the reason I would have given if I’d written this book:

A deadly virus spread through Earth killing off major parts of the population, almost bringing humanity to extinction. Worried, scientists tried to create a cure, but failed. So as an alternative, they tried to create off springs with strong immune systems, very healthy off-springs. For this, they matched the genetic codes of the DNA of the people. Then a select group of people were put in quarantine and they had to mate and create very healthy babies. Eventually society was reborn, through them, and a gazillion years later—this is the system.

Seems legit.

So yeah, like I was saying, the book wasn’t successfully able to create a believable historical context. This is one of the biggest reasons this book doesn’t work as a Dystopian novel. Even after, we do not see the concept of ‘partnership’ being promoted by the govt. and law as much as you see the parents and teachers doing it. Like sure, I get it, it’s usually people in your nearest vicinity who promote such things, but I wish the role of the govt. was more, to get a feel. I wish it felt more…dangerous, to love someone you’re not supposed to. You get sent to Lornstown? Cool. Sure it might be bad, but they don’t even harm you that much, and let you go with the one you love. So how can that be bad? It wasn’t exactly the scary, forbidden love I would have preferred. It felt essentially normal. Kinda like a strict bunch of parents and teachers from orthodox communities constantly telling you to stay away from the opposite gender. So Dystopian? Not much.

Now, moving onto the romance part. I’ve read a bunch of best friend romances. They were much better than this one, in all honesty. The book was too long. 371 Pages I think, was a little too much for a story that focuses solely on the relationship & drama of two people. The drama wasn’t that dramatic. It was pretty basic and mundane, and kind of a drag. Like I get that the author was trying to establish the character’s bond and everything, but some of the chapters were just not needed and served no real purpose. There were too many filler chapters.

The characters were pretty basic, and normal. I didn’t get attached to them, or connected deeply.

I see all these people giving away five star reviews, they’ve obviously not read good romance novels or dystopian novels. It was a decent blend of both, leaning more towards the romance part. This wasn’t a page turner, I’m sorry. It didn’t make my heart race, and didn’t melt me in a puddle of goo. It was okay. The ending was a little rushed. The author did not exploit the dystopian premise of the book effectively. True dystopian lovers will obviously not be happy with this book. As for romance lovers, well if you’re as picky as me you might feel a little disappointed but it’s a decent one time read.

But I Love Him By- Amanda Grace

22# Book Review– ★★☆☆☆ (1.5 Stars)

But I Love Him

By-

Amanda Grace

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This book is seriously not meant for entertainment purposes. It’s more of an informative, insightful read that was…boring. So boring I kept checking how many pages were left. It was awful to get through. I contemplated giving up on several occasions, but completed it anyway. I kept waiting for the book to redeem itself but it never did. Even 1.5 stars is pushing it.

 “I wanted to be his life preserver, the thing that would keep him afloat. Instead, he became my anchor. And I’m tired of drowning.”

Eighteen year old Ann is in love with Connor. She gave up everything—her ambitions, her family, her friends, her hobby—just to be with him. And Connor is in love with her. But sometimes his rage overpowers that. And then he hurts her.

“I should have known when he said ‘You’re so lucky I don’t hit girls,’ that one day he would.”

Mentally.

Psychologically.

Physically.

Emotionally.

“Where’ve you been all my life”

“Waiting for you.”

It’s the kind of love that’s difficult to walk away from. It swallows you whole, spouting out some other version of you, someone you can’t recognize.

“People don’t understand us. They don’t understand me. They think it’s so black and white, that he makes me miserable and that I should be with someone else and that I deserve something else.

But it’s not black and white at all. It’s gray. It’s a never-ending world of gray.

They don’t understand that there is so much to him that they’ll never see. That he only shows to me. They don’t understand that late at night, he tells me how beautiful I am. He tells me all the things he will give me one day, when our problems are over. They don’t understand he would die for me.”

‘But I Love Him’ is a collection of memories that show how Ann encountered the most beautiful feeling in the world, and then simultaneously lost everything that she held dear. Including herself.

“This isn’t love. It’s something broken and ugly. I wanted it so badly I didn’t care what it looked like.”

This book had the potential to be a really emotional read and like, it could really work, you know? But it didn’t.

A distinguishing characteristic about this book is that it’s written in a reverse-chronological order, so like it ends with when Ann meets Conner for the first time. Now, the author clarifies that she did it so that the readers don’t judge her character. She says that there’s usually a distinguishing point in abusive relationships, like when the person is abused for the first time, and if she’d written it in chronological order, the readers would probably be like ‘I would have walked away now’ (and she’s kind of right, you know) so she didn’t want that to happen.

However the reverse chronological order, plus the lack of dialogues and descriptions made it impossible for me as a reader to connect with the characters. And for such emotion-based stories, it’s really important to do just that. So as a result, it ended up being a really boring read. Also, I still judged the character, despite the reverse chronological order. Imagine a book, now remember all the good parts and leave it with filler chapters. That’s how reading this book felt like—like I was reading a bunch of filler chapters.

The writing style was good. This book would be a decent read for someone who wants to know what being in an abusive relationship feels like. I’d give it a 3.5 stars if that’s all I’d wanted. But I’d wanted chills, and tears, and entertainment which I didn’t get. So, sadly it’s a 1.5. I did kinda get teary eyes towards the end when she (oops can’t reveal it that’ll be a spoiler) So, that’s a 1.5 for you!

Read it if you wanna know how it feels to be in an abusive relationship. Otherwise please avoid it, you’ll be disappointed.

Every Last Word By- Tamara Ireland Stone

20# Book Review– ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)

Every Last Word

By-

Tamara Ireland Stone

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Sam is popular, beautiful and part of the ‘Crazy Eights’, the school’s most popular girl gang. But being popular is not all that it’s cut out to be. For example, it’s hard to keep secrets. Sam rages a daily battle with Purely-Obsessional OCD. Her thoughts tend to spiral out of control. She can’t stop thinking, her mind never shuts up. So much so, that she needs sleep medications and antianxiety medications to function properly. She meets up with her psychiatrist Sue every week for therapy.

All Sam really craves is to be normal. She wishes she could speak her mind and be the person she really is. But who is she? She doesn’t know.

Until she stumbles upon ‘The Poet’s Corner’, a hidden room underneath the theatre of the school where a group of people meet twice a week to share their poetries, and consequently, an intimate part of their soul.

Initially reluctant to make her a part of their group, she eventually succeeds in becoming a member of this secret poetry club consisting of kids much like her; kids who are battling with personal and external issues, who just really need an outlet.

And then, her life’s never the same.

“If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.” 

“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”

‘The poems here are silly, heartbreaking, hilarious, sad, and many are absolutely incredible. They are about people who don’t care enough and people who care too much, people you trust and people who turn on you, hating school, loving your friends, seeing the beauty in the world. Sprinkled among them are heavier ones about depression and addiction, self mutilation and various forms of self medication. But most of them are about love. Wanting it. Missing it. Actually being in it.’

‘This is a mistake. He doesn’t like me; he likes the person Caroline turned me into. He thinks I’m a normal girl who swims and writes poetry, but I’m not. I’m obsessed with my thoughts and I can’t sleep and I count in threes. He writes music and wears his heart on his sleeve, and I don’t deserve him.”

‘I like him. I like everything about him. The way he plays. The songs he writes. The things he says. The way he makes me want to speak out, not hold my words inside. That dimple. Those lips. I have to know what they feel like.’

“I didn’t go there looking for you. I went looking for me.” My voice is soft, low, and shaky. “But now, here you are, and somehow, in finding you, I think I’ve found myself.” 

I really liked this book because it was just…beautiful. That’s the only word good enough to describe it. It was really intense, and the characters were very human. It was a beautiful story about self actualization and discovering yourself, with a romantic subplot. It makes you realize that every person has a story. It was really sweet, kinda sad, and hundred percent real. You should definitely give it a read!

The Gallagher Girls Series By- Ally Carter

19# Book Review– ★★★★☆

The Gallagher Girls (6 Book Series)

By-

Ally Carter

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So I’m basically writing the review of the whole series. And it’s been ages since this series came out and ended, but I just finished it like thirty minutes ago? Why, you ask? Well, I’d read the first five books out of the six quite early in time. But when the sixth book came out after a year, I decided I needed to read the whole series again, because that’s how the last book would have a proper impact, and well, because I really love this series, like ever since I was in eighth grade I think. But then I got busy and I didn’t get to read the whole thing until today. And now:

WHERE DO I STASH AWAY MY FEELINGS?! Because I know the series ended and I feel so satisfied, but I feel so attached to the characters. I feel like I’ve known them forever. Like I’ve grown up with them. And trust me, you will feel that way too once you read the series. There is some SERIOUS character growth there. Like ‘I-feel-like-a-proud-mom/best friend’ character growth.

*Sigh* where do I begin?

…From the start, I suppose.

So brief description of the series coming right up!

Cameron Ann Morgan is known as the girl who is very good at not being seen. She’s good at blending in. And that’s a good thing too. Because in her school, that’s actually considered a skill. She goes to Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. And when they say ‘exceptional’, they actually mean it. I mean where else would tenth graders be learning PhD level Physics, 14 different languages, and how to break NSA level encryptions? To the outside world Gallagher Academy is a snooty boarding school for snobby little rich girls. But in reality, it’s a school for spies.

“Women of the Gallagher Academy, who comes here?”
“We are the sisters of Gillian.”
“Why do you come?”
“To learn her skills. Honor her sword. And keep her secrets.”
“To what end do you work?”
“To the cause of justice and light.”
“How long will you strive?”
“For all the days of our lives.”

So, that’s the basic thing—the thing that stays common throughout the series, while the main plot keeps changing. The series begins with a fifteen year old Cameron aka Cammie aka Chameleon who has just begun her sophomore year in the Gallagher Academy. Now, studying in an all girls boarding school has its own set of Pros and Cons

PROS: You don’t have to actually care about your appearance that much since there are no boys to see you (unless you’re into girls)

CONS: The students are deprived in certain departments…like dating and boys.

So, falling in love had never really been on the agenda. But then during a mission/class she’s spotted by a really good looking boy. And that’s saying something because for a girl who’s used to feeling invisible, it’s a big deal to be actually seen. And before she knows it, she’s sneaking out of her school (which is in itself a massive feat since there are cameras and motion detectors at all exits) and going on secret dates with an ordinary boy that knows nothing about her world.

The next few years follow Cameron’s life through the next three years at Gallagher Academy, and her development from a dewy eyed fifteen year old into an eighteen year old lethal spy.

REASONS YOU SHOULD READ THIS SERIES

A LIST BY ME

  • Amazing Characters: The characters are so…realistic. And so likeable (and hateable too) The character growth is tremendous. Like I said, you actually grow up with them. It’s like you grow up from a silly fifteen year old into a mature eighteen year old. You see so many facets of so many characters—the good and the bad, the smart, and the confused. And all the grey areas too. The characters are so…believable, so human.

 

  • Friendship Goals: Two Words: SQUAD GOALS. With an amazing group of best friends, that are not only super talented (we have an actual lethal spy, a scientist, and a really smart and headstrong girl) the friendship shown in the book is actual friendship goals.

 

  • Super Cool Adults: Now usually adults don’t have a very important part in teen fiction novels, and most of the time they are missing. But this book is different. Kinda. See, the adults here are super cool because they are actual spies and they go on these really crazy mission. And sometimes? Sometimes they take the kids along. (Or the kids follow without their knowledge and do their thing *shrugs*)

 

  • Exotic Locations: From a small town in Virginia called Roseville, to Rome, Austria, Ireland, NYC and many more places. Being a spy takes you places. Literally.

 

  • Actual Adrenaline Inducing Action: So many heart stopping action sequences because…spies. And they are written really well too. They are really understandable and it plays like a movie in front of your eyes. It really makes me wonder why this book series hasn’t been made into a TV series yet.

 

  • Swoon-worthy Men: Fictional guys are goals, no kidding. But when those aforementioned fictional guys are physically fit, calculative, brave and really intense spies, they take ‘goals’ to a whole new level. Seriously. Falling in love with them will definitely not be hard (Falling out of love after realizing you have no future with the so called fictional character on the other hand would be…difficult)

 

  • Heart Stopping Plot Twists: The series will mess with your head and make you want to throw your book across the room, then go and grab it again because you really need to know what happens next.

 

  • Writing Style: The Writing Style is actually very quirky full of humor and intense emotions at just the right places. The ‘voice’ is just right, and it’s all very addictive. The dialogue work is really good. The information gets kinda redundant though at the start of every new novel, but it’s only to get the reader acquainted with the series.

So that’s that. I hope I’ve successfully convinced you to at least try the series. The first book might seem kinda childish if you are an eighteen, almost-nineteen year old like me (perfect for those in the 13 to 16 bracket) but the rest of the series get loads better. I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes to help you get a feel of the books:

“I suppose a lot of teenage girls feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear. Well, that’s me—Cammie the Chameleon. But I’m luckier than most because, at my school, that’s considered cool.
I go to a school for spies.”

 

“Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man seven different ways with her bare hands, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl.” 

 

“You know,’ I whispered, ‘some girls might think it’s creepy having a boy watch them sleep.’
He smirked and pointed to himself. ‘Spy.’
‘Oh.’ I nodded. ‘Right. So you’re a trained Peeping Tom.’”

 

“A Gallagher Girl’s real grades don’t come in pass or fail—they’re measured in life or death.” 

 

“Just so you know Gallagher Girl,’ he whispered softly, ‘I’m going to kiss you now.” 

 

“What is a Gallagher Girl?
She’s a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy… a Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be.” 

 

“I could have lied. I could have fought. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so I took a chance and called upon a Gallagher Girl’s weapon of last resort. I flirted” 

 

“There’s a boy in my life,’ I told him. ‘He’s a very bad influence.’
Then Zach nodded. ‘Bad boys have a way of doing that. But they’re worth it.””

 

“Tell me Cameron Ann Morgan, what do you want to be when you grow up?”… “Alive.”