This book is not so much about spying, studying and laughing around with your girlfriends, but making choices, taking chanc...moreCammie has really grown up.
This book is not so much about spying, studying and laughing around with your girlfriends, but making choices, taking chances and learning to trust and hope.
I miss the lighthearted embarrassing situations of the previous books, but I love the new intensity, complexity of this one. I love the way Cammie and her friends have grown in character, the bonds they've created and the things they are willing to do for one another.
I loved the Zach interference, too.
I hope the next book of the series comes out soon because this one left off at a pretty interesting point.
This book definetely has a different edge to it, as compared to the previous two in the series - real life makes a break for the Gallagher school and...moreThis book definetely has a different edge to it, as compared to the previous two in the series - real life makes a break for the Gallagher school and the girls get into true trouble - of the life-threatening kind, time and again.
The book still has its hilarious parts, in the spirit of the series, and the boy-related stuff get all mixed up with the spy stuff Cammie has to face.
Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover leaves the readers with loads of questions and unsolved mysteries, so the next installment should be an intriguing read.(less)
The second book in the Gallagher Girls series was better than the first. It was more dynamic, more serious, more secretive. To top it off, it was just...moreThe second book in the Gallagher Girls series was better than the first. It was more dynamic, more serious, more secretive. To top it off, it was just as hilarious as the first.
The new male additions the story are way better - Zach-the-spy is definetely cuter and more suitable for Cammie than Josh-the-ordinary-boy could ever be.
And Zach is definetely my favourite character, because he is a mystery wrapped in cool hair and knowing smirks. Cammie is also learning, growing in character and attitude.
Lets hope this would give a good kick start for the next book.(less)
A story to inspire every young girl, to make her laugh and cry, and appreciate that most real-life fairytales do not have a happy ending.
I picked up t...moreA story to inspire every young girl, to make her laugh and cry, and appreciate that most real-life fairytales do not have a happy ending.
I picked up this book with nostalgia. When I was young, third grade and spending a third of my time in the local children's library (the other two halves divided between school, and ballet and playtime) I went through the lovely collections of Bulgarian translations to the best novels for kids in the world - The Eternal Children’s Novels. There were some great books in there, tales that have stayed with me to this day and I've come back to; now I'm searching my favourites and buying them, making them a great addition to my personal library, addition which brings sweet memories.
Going back to the subject, one of the books I read was The Dark Tower, a lovely and heart-wrenching tale of the French princess locked away during the Great Revolution. I read it many times and was eager to read another of Sharon Stewart's works - Princess Anastasia. I kept asking about it, but an addition never came to our library, and I couldn't find it in any store.
Recently, 12 lovely books from the abovementioned series for children were re-published (among them Frances Burnett'sA Little Princess, Louisa May Alcott'sLittle Women, Gaby Schuster'sPrincess Sissi and Jean Webster'sDaddy-Long-Legs, all of which I already own). When I saw Princess Anastasia I bought it immediately with childlike glee - for some time I was third grade again and easily swept by the magic of a book that brought back my younger, imaginative side.
I took my time reading it, feeling an uncharacteristically big yearning for modern teen romance, and still read it in a couple of weeks, savouring every page and every chapter. The second half I read in one day, actually, having to pack for travelling but unwilling to put it down. The story was not through Anastasia’s eyes, but from another lovely character who leads the reader through danger and abuse, to romantic withdrawal from life in fairytales, and right into a real fairytale which turns bitter more often than not, but is all the sweeter for it. This book made me realise, through its historically-based characters, that all who have grown without any kind of true love, no matter rich or poor, turn into monsters. Love makes us human. The story was full of people who, in poverty and lack of affection, had turned into monsters. Nowadays we see the same, but in rich, spoiled, uncared for people. Also, there was a very wise remark about anger and how it turned a crowd into an unstoppable force, as water, but as mindless as pigs.
The heroes were very funny, unique and endearing. The anti-heroes were scary and cold, mindless fanatics or ingenious devils. And the fiction was so well interwoven with real-life facts that at one point you stop thinking of the novel as a non-real-life book. I loved the bits I've heard on documentaries, like how the princesses had sewn in their jewellery into their clothing to hide it 'in plain sight'. And the part about Alexei's illness...
The Dark Tower brought me to tears when I was a child, and Princess Anastasia made my eyes water, so many years later.
It was a real magical experience, reading this novel, and I’m certainly going to be reading it and the rest of the books I have mentioned above to my young cousins – these are books that teach a young girl to dream and fight, to be brave and honest, to follow her heart; but also reveal how all of us are equal, and how a modern girl’s life is much more fairytale-like than any princess’s ever could have been. And maybe, one day, I will read them to my children, make them laugh and dream and learn, so that when they grow up they will know why these stories are called classics. (less)