My first flashback friday! This is where I go back and review my favorite books/series I’ve read in the past. This week I’m covering my all time favorite series from one of my favorite authors, the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Summary: Cammie is your everyday average teenage girl. She goes to school, she has great friends, and struggles with the ever problematic opposite sex. Except, she speaks every language (all of them), knows various ways to kill a man, and oh, did I mention that school she goes to trains its students to be spies? And not just any spies, some of the best. Gallagher Academy doesn’t claim to produce exceptional young women for nothing. Cammie spends her days sneaking in and out of her school, uncovering top secret information, and escaping multiple near death experiences. So maybe she isn’t so average. Through her adventures in espionage, and in going through the usual difficulties of being a teenage girl, Cammie finds that she is stronger than she ever believed herself to be. Throughout the series’ 7 volumes, Cammie grows and matures from the awkward teenage stage we all dread to an empowered young woman who is an ideal role model for girls across the world.
Notes: There are 7 books in the series including (in chronological order): I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You, Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy, Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover, Out Of Sight Out Of Time, and United We Spy. The series also has a connection to various short stories: Classified Materials-Gallagher Girls 4.5, A Gallagher Wedding, and a Gallagher Girls-Heist Society crossover, Double-Crossed.
As a reader, you only hope to come across a series of books that you connect to, and stays with you even after you close the final page of the last book in the series. Ally Carter has created a suspense filled coming of age saga that every girl should read. A strong female lead without ever meaning to be, Cammie is a role model that struggles with all of the issues of being a teenager, and on top of it, she’s being trained to save the world. Okay, maybe not the whole world, but by the end of the last book, I have no doubt she could.
Carter is one of those writers who knows how to create the kind of characters that are so relatable, you think you know them. Cammie is one of those characters in which every teenage girl can see a reflection of themselves in some way. Her characters’ quirky qualities make falling in love with each and everyone inevitable. The girls of Gallagher Academy are the kinds of role models young girls today need. Where strength and courage are power, intelligence is a virtue, and the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood and friendship could mean the difference between life and death, the Gallagher girls embody the type of relationship we should all wish upon the female teenage race.
On top of it all, you’ll be turning page after page for all of the action and adventure. These books flow perfectly, within each volume and from book to book. I had to wait for the last three books to come out, and let me just say, it was years of torture, and completely worth it. But if you’re just joining the Gallagher Girls now, you’ll be able to fly through all seven novels – though I suggest a slow and steady read because you will never want this series to end. Its an absolute page turner series, highly recommended for any teenage girl or mother-daughter pair – my mom and I read them together and she adores them just as much as I do. This is the kind of series you’ll want to pass down to every girl in your life.
Booksquirmer Rating: 6 stars (Because I’m the admin and I can hand out as many stars as I like. Besides, this series deserves them.)