Monday, September 13, 2010

Only the Good Spy Young--Ally Carter



"Only the Good Spy Young" is the 4th book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. I reviewed the 3rd book, "Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover" yesterday. This latest entry in the series answers many questions, while still enticing the reader to want more. I don't like to do summaries here--I look at these as reviews not book reports--so I like to focus on the critical analysis and whether or not you should read this book rather than what happened. But I will tell you this, by the end of this book you will know:
Who Joe Solomon is
Who Zach is and what he's hiding
and some other stuff I'm not going to tell you.

The Gallagher Girls books are fun to read. The girls are smart and strong and funny. Carter does a great job of telling a suspenseful, thoughtful story, while keeping it fun and funny. Cammie is a great protagonist--she's still grieving for her father, still longing for more of a relationship with her mother, still scared of people who want to hurt her, but she doesn't lose herself. She still quips and wonders whether Zach is going to kiss her. Carter's writing is easy to read because it's interesting and entertaining. But there's a substance there too. I would feel completely comfortable handing these books to a middle school girl, as well as older readers. Boys will be turned off by the pink cover, but they might be persuaded to change their minds when the movies start coming out. According to Carter's website she plans 6 books in the series. I for one can't wait for the next installment!
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