19# Book Review– ★★★★☆
The Gallagher Girls (6 Book Series)
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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.”