[REVIEW] “Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover” (Gallagher Girls #3) By: Ally Carter

**Note: This is a review of the third book in a series! Therefore, it contains spoilers and information that won’t make sense if you haven’t read the first two. Stay tuned for my playlist of this book on Friday, and make sure to check out the reviews for the first two books (“I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You” and “Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy,” as well as the corresponding playlists for books 1 and 2.)

Official Synopsis:

When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Review:

The action-packed┬áthird installment of the Gallagher Girls series didn’t disappoint. There were a ton of plot twists, most of which I eventually anticipated, but enjoyed reading the book nonetheless, and I’m desperate to get my hands on the rest of the series! I’ve read the first three back to back in a just a few sittings, so it’s going to be torture to order the rest and wait for them to get here.

I totally ship Abby and Solomon. Although earlier, I wasn’t sure if him and Cammie’s mom had something going on, so I guess I’ll have to read the rest of the series to figure all of that out.

Speaking of shipping–we get to see a glimpse of Josh and some of Zach in this book. I want to ship Cammie with Zach so bad, but Josh was always such a great guy, so I kind of feel bad for shipping her with someone else. I know that sounds ridiculous, but oh well. I hope that we get to see a lot more of Zach in the next installments (and I have a strong feeling that we will).

At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one as much as the first two. Honestly, I think it’s my least favorite out of the three that I’ve read so far, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad book by any sense of the term. I thought that the girls would all be going on the campaign trail with Macey, but most of the story still took place at the academy, which I really liked. I usually like the first books of a series better anyway, so that’s nothing new. I wish I had the rest of the series already, so I could just keep reading!

I like that I can see how Cammie and her friends are maturing and growing up as the books progress. As I’ve touched on in other reviews, there are times that they act immature (especially around the topic of boys, which they haven’t had a lot of exposure to), but that wasn’t present as much in this book. Granted, boys weren’t at the forefront of the plot in this one, but still. I love the juxtaposition of having Cammie casually throw in information showing just how genius all of the girls are, while also showing how little they know about other “normal” topics.

I understand that Macey is super smart because she’s a descendant of Gilly Gallagher, ┬ábut if she’s so smart, why did she get kicked out of all those other schools? I get that she’s done things on purpose to get kicked out, but still. If she’s able to do years of work at Gallagher Academy in a matter of months, wouldn’t that make her smarter than the rest of the girls, since they aren’t skipping through grades?

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book–I read it in one day! And I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

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