This book was far from perfect, but I love this series so much and I love Cammie Morgan, my princess and forever girl, and I love everything she stand...moreThis book was far from perfect, but I love this series so much and I love Cammie Morgan, my princess and forever girl, and I love everything she stands for and everything the Gallagher Academy is. Thank you so much for everything you've done for me. I guess I'm a little sorry that this will inevitably turn really cheesy and I'll try to sound profound but, really, I'm just crying. It feels like the end of an era.
I don't know how to write something that will appropriately send this series off in a manner that 'Gallagher Girls' deserves. I don't know what to write - I don't know the words that could possibly capture the significance of what this series has meant to me. I know I say that I grew up with Harry Potter but I only remember waiting eagerly for Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows to come out. But I have truly grown up with this series: like, Cammie, Bex, Liz and Macey were there for my most formative and questionable years! I was eleven when I first read 'I'd Tell You I'd Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You." I've waited every year for the next book to come out, sometimes in nervous spasms and absolute dread. I've met so many amazing people through our mutual love for this series, and it only seems fitting that as Cammie's story comes full circle, so will mine.
'United We Spy' reinforced that the core message, the core tenet of 'Gallagher Girls' was the force of the sisterhood; what it meant to be Gallagher Girl was to be someone's sister. I haven't read any other book where the emphasis is so heavily focused on positive female friendships: between friends, mothers and daughters. Maybe I haven't read enough books (I haven't) but 'United We Spy' hit home the importance that girls have to help each other. How teenage girls can be anything we want to be, that we are strong because we believe in who we are and our cause. 'Gallagher Girls' is about how being strong doesn't mean kicking ass or matching it with a boy, but it means having mental strength, being emotional, feeling lost but finding yourself even if 'yourself' is a stranger to you. In the words of Allison Argent from Teen Wolf, "Why can't I be strong and go to prom?" So many girls to love, so little time. It's been an honour to be able to experience Cammie's journey with her, and to be able to watch her grow from a naive little girl who just wanted her father to return home to someone who fought back to finish what her father started.
Ally Carter ties up a lot of loose ends but I feel as if I didn't receive any closure. While Ally closes one can of worms, she opens another, and those questions go unanswered. UWS was non-stop action, the stakes were high, but the consequences and the full impact of certain actions and events didn't mean much. My biggest problem with 'United We Spy' was the lack of consequences. When the stakes are so high, there must be fall out when there's failure. And there was failure. But failure didn't mean much in the context of the plot when it was rectified in the next couple of pages.
BY THE WAY...SOS OTP ACTION. ZACH AND CAMMIE ARE STILL BEING PERFECT TOGETHER, I'M SO IN LOVE WITH THESE TWO TEENAGERS BEING IN LOVE. ONE DAY, I WILL WRITE AN ESSAY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER: THE GREATEST SUPERSPY DUO AND TAG TEAM THERE EVER WAS.
So, 'Gallagher Girls' has finished. It remains one of my favourite series, and I will forever be in love with Cammie and her mum. I cried a lot and it was so, so great and I don't really know how to feel anymore because I'm kind of in shock. Anyway, you should read these books!!!!!!!!!!!!!(less)
Five stars because ~Christian Prescott and how everything turned out all right in the end. FIVE STARS KEEPING IN MIND THAT MY OTP WASN'T EVEN ENDGAME....moreFive stars because ~Christian Prescott and how everything turned out all right in the end. FIVE STARS KEEPING IN MIND THAT MY OTP WASN'T EVEN ENDGAME. (Lol I am sometimes pathetic. No I'm actually not. I am gr8.) Christian Prescott is great.
Baby Christian Prescott. Let me just talk about him for a moment, or a few moments, idk.
Woah, there were some lines in here (see: "I know that you are a modern, liberated, independent woman. I respect that, and I understand that you are capable of paying for your own meal, but I will still be paying for dinner, and whatever else." And then............. "And just because I’m paying for dinner doesn’t mean that I expect anything from you. I just want to treat you tonight, and that’s all.") Where I scrunch my nose because, like, I actually don't think you exist?????? This is making me like you already on top of the amount that I already like you PLUS social commentary all at the same time. So I kind of love you already and then some.
But hey, Christian, you said some pretty stupid stuff that made me angry and ~rage and I got annoyed at you sometimes. But I also think that you are very aware of your flaws, faults, and you recognise your own privilege etc. (Likewise, how I understand that it also made you realistic I guess, and some of the things you said came out of anger and of worrying so much about this girl that you’re in love with walk into Hell. I absolutely understand, but please don’t call her “crazy” next time, since you basically did the same thing for her and no one is calling you out and it is seen as ~~romantic when it comes from the hot boy.) This was actually the only thing that I didn’t like about ‘Boundless,’ and maybe the constant see-sawing between Tucker and Christian which I could not handle by page 90.
Anyway; Dear Christian Prescott,
The thing is: you could see how wrong it was, how wrong it was to mould Clara and your relationship into that of "belonging to each other" because it made you both realise that belonging with each other didn't make any of you happy. That even when that was your purpose, you kept thinking that there must have been something more to all this "belonging" together than just belonging and being with each other, and that there should be something more to it. You realised that there has to be a progression, foundations laid and friendship built, in order to justify it.
And it happened.
And that’s what hurts because you came to love each other and it became something more and it became your own and not of someone else's meddling. (Btw, I really do not give away anything here so don't read too much into it. Like dude, this is my review, don't expect anything better than rambling.)
You saw how you were meant to be with Clara because it's what you've learnt your entire life and sort of how your entire existence has been programmed around it, but the thing is!!!! Your entire relationship with Clara, your actions and your words (your very, very great actions and words), are the very anti-thesis of that attitude which is usually, what I like to call – my favourite word (!!) - problematic. Everything you do (minus some wayward lines, I don't even want to go there because I already talked about it) don't add up to the "we belong together" purpose that God (literally! this is an angel series fyi) assigned you and because it was your destiny or s/t.
I side-eyed every time you said "we belong together" (more on this later!!!!!) and cringed at it because ew, gross, not a trope that I can endorse, wait while I stick myself with a fork. But Christian somehow contradicted that very belief because he realises that, "Well, fuck, it's wrong. Why am I even thinking this?" and he realises it on his own (and it’s beautiful) and how he has to let go and that no one belongs to anyone. "We belong together" turned into this thing with me where I liked it because I think the concept evolved from just a basic "you and me belonging-without-free-will” type of thing, to, "We belong together in a sense that we make each other stronger; we belong together because we ground each other to humanity, to earth, to what makes us human; we belong together because we would go to hell for each other (literally), fight for each other, die, sacrifice so much for the other because when I'm with you, it feels like it's the right thing to do. We belong together in a sense that you make me brave and you remind me that there is always someone who will be there for me. When we're together, we are more than the sum of our parts, because you are here. With me. More like we belong together, come hell or high water instead of problematic "we belong together"" and when I realised this on some page around 350 - it was okay. And it also made me realise that I could deal with it and whatever ending "Boundless" promised. (An ending which I already knew coming into the book, keep this in mind pls.)
No but seriously, this is a love triangle. Like, an actual, very well done love triangle where it is respectful, seriously, absolutely respectful on both sides of the triangle (ie both boys) where neither of them are slighted and the other bolstered, and it is up to the girl!!!!! This is also one of my favourite love triangles ever, and I hate love triangles on principle, but this love triangle is complicated and painful and not obvious and you can’t tell which way it’s going to go until the very last pages of the book. It makes you think and second-guess yourself which is sometimes frustrating but you can see that it can go both ways. And those are the best love triangles where they make you hurt for both sides.
And I went into this book knowing that my otp wasn't, in fact, endgame and I expected not to like it w/e (because otps are awful) but this book was written in such a way that made me see that it was the love triangle that never was a love triangle, and I was sort of happy with how it ended (?????). Shhhhhhhh I'm a sucker for epilogues that are set somewhat several years on in the future where everyone is happy but there is obviously a sense of something wrong, something /missing/, an absence where that other choice would have been had she gone down that path and chosen that other boy.
Jfc, the last chapter was so bad. Bad as in "why" it hurt so much no. Also, I didn't like what Angela's aka the secondary female character was reduced to because it is sort of way too common in YA that the secondary female character is smited. Also, her whole purpose was, wow, the more I think about it, the more I don't like it. However, Cynthia Hand's writing is one of my faves foreverrrrrr.
And just -- the overarching themes of destiny and free-will and how they intersect, and of, omg, of family!!! And mums!!!! And loyalty!!!! And strength!!! Let's not forget all the awesome things Clara does.
(And how much Christian was there to help her come into herself. And how they make each other stronger. And how they make each other braver. That being said, I liked what happened in the end. Because it's hopeful and content but there's also regret and longing which are the best kind of endings tbh. Actually, they aren't, because those kind of endings don't give you closure and they’re actually the most terrible.)