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review: “don’t judge a girl by her cover” July 6, 2009

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Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter.
Hyperion // Hardcover // 272 pages.
Reviewed from library copy.

Cammie Morgan had no idea what was in store for her when she went to visit her roommate, Macey, over the last few days of summer vacation. As Macey’s father accepts the vice-presidential candidate nomination, Cammie and Macey are caught in a kidnapping attempt. Using all of their Gallagher Girl skills, Cammie and Macey save themselves and Preston…but just barely. When they come back to school, everything has changed — including the fact that Macey isn’t safe anymore.

As the third book in the series, I expected the story to unfold in the same way as the first two books. I was so surprised when this book took a darker turn than I expected. Cammie’s growing older and Cammie’s world is getting bigger. It makes perfect sense that her problems are getting bigger too. I loved the fact that Ally Carter is playing with loyalties and with character motives. Like, why is Zach hanging around Cammie? To hurt her, protect her? Because she’s pretty? These questions left hanging only made me want to keep reading and even at the end of the book, I wanted the next book in the series.

One of the few problems I’ve noticed other reviewers had a problem with was the way that both Cammie and Macey reverted to showing signs of immaturity that they had already out-grown in the previous books. I think this was realistic and hitting the nail on the head of what happens to a lot of teens when their world expands. They want to go back, even if they can’t. This gave the novel the kind of realism that the series needs to stay grounded. (Because spy schools don’t exist here in Illinois. At least, I don’t think they do…)

Great addition to the series. I’ll be waiting as patiently as possible for the fourth installment.

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