Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Fans of Kristin Orlando’s “You Don’t Know My Name” will enjoy this book! It’s the first one in a series, and I’m excited to eventually read the rest. It’s a young adult book, just like YDKMN, but a bit less intense.
Fun fact: I remember desperately wanting to read these books when I was younger, but for some reason my Mom didn’t want me to. I don’t know if she thought they would be inappropriate, or what. (I could’ve been 8 when I asked, I honestly don’t remember.) Anyway, I was excited when I got it in a “Blind Date with a Book” activity at my college, and everyone there who had read it loved it!
Cammie was a good mix of maturity and immaturity. By immaturity, I don’t mean that she was immature, but that she acted her age, which is something that we don’t always see in books. Her relationship with Josh was sweet, and I’m interested to see how he’ll factor into the rest of the books, or if we just won’t see him again.
I love Cammie’s friends! Bex and Liz are totally awesome, and I love how their super spy skills combine and clash with them being teenage girls. At first, I wasn’t too sure about Macey being added to their group, and I actually thought she was a plant or had bad intentions (and maybe she will), but eventually, like Cammie, I came around to her.
I really liked Cammie’s mom. She’s a great combination of mom and headmistress, and it would be cool to see her and Cammie’s dad have a little novella or something to show how they interacted together on missions before Cammie’s stories start. I’m also holding out hope that Cammie’s dad isn’t really dead, (and that he’s not evil) but we’ll see.
Mr. Soloman and the other professors were great additions to the story as well. It’s cool to see how the spies are “retired” and still come across as normal professors (at least for the most part) even though they’ve led such extraordinary lives.
Overall, it was a cute, fun book, and I’d recommend it! It’s a quick read, and I’ll be on the lookout to get the other books in the series. (I’m also still holding out hope for a movie adaptation!)