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Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover

(Gallagher Girls #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  64,821 ratings  ·  2,640 reviews
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 them ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 263 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
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Esther Gere I think the book is good. It depends on what kind of books you like. I would say that this one has romance, mystery and thrill. I hope that helps :).
A Yes, it does. This one doesn't happen to have too much. The two previous books had more.

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Cristina Monica
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
''Sometimes people run... to see if you'll come after them.''

In book one, we see the girls opening themselves to the outside world.

In book two, we see the girls opening their hearts.

In this book, we see the girls opening their eyes to face danger.

Things are getting serious.

When someone tries to kidnap Macey, a fellow spy student at the Gallagher Academy, everything changes for the Gallagher girls.

The girls are growing up. They’re becoming more mature and more focused. It can easily be said t
may ❀
I fail to see the point of this book??? It could honestly be condensed down to 30 pages and added as an excerpt in another book.

I enjoyed how friendship seemed to be the dominating theme of this book but the lingering love interests is pissing me off bc **love triangle**

The humour has not picked up nor has the writing. Still v juvenile, still v lame

Hmmmmmm, what else?

Cammie is annoying. Her friends are much cooler than her and I think it would be more enjoyable if we got some more POVs going ar
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: action/adventure/romance people
Ally Carter is a great writer and this book just proves it. She weaves in the new mysteries and includes some old ones too, just to tie all of the books together. Once it comes down to the final showdown, I wouldn't be surprised to see all of the characters (spies or not) included in the battle. This series is fantastic, and I definitely recomend this book
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
REREAD: July 27, 2015


Initial Read: January 22, 2015

I ship Solomon with Abby a lot.
and I also ship Macey and Preston. That's the only update, I could ever give you.
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Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
p l e a s e
for the love of all that is holy and pure
read these books
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finished the galley for this book last week and I really enjoyed it. I think each book could have more in it though. I'm not sure what I mean about more, but the books are spread out too far and are too forgettable that if there was more to it, I wouldn't have to spend the first few chapters trying to remember what happened in the last book. Maybe it needs more action or more missions or something. That being said, I always enjoy the books when I am reading them and this one is no different. I ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lit-teen
When I read YA I usually do it unthinkingly, by which I mean I read YA like I would read any other book for which I am the target audience. The Gallagher Girls series is one of those things, though, where I am constantly made aware of the fact that I am absolutely not the target audience. From a bookselling perspective, I'd definitely recommend these to a young reader making the transition from MG to teen; the series may get darker later on, but as of book three the series is pretty sanitized, e ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I swear, this series gets better and better. So I definitely wasn't disappointed with Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover.

The plot gets more interesting and it definitely has more action. I mean, a kidnapping attempt on the daughter of the governor, soon-to-be, VP of the US? Yea, action packed novel for sure. And not only is there an kidnapping attempt, who are the people behind it? And who exactly are they trying to kidnap?

The characters are definitely more well-defined. Cammie seems to be a lot mo
Dec 31, 2008 marked it as to-read
I hope I can wait for this book to come out. I am sooooooooooo excited! Ally Carter is a great writer, and everyone should read the Gallagher Girls series.
C.B. Cook
Hooooooowwwww???? How could Ally Carter make this my favorite book in this series so far??? This book was so exciting, and I think the reason I like it best out of all three is that it had more of a mystery feel to it, and the romance was less. Plus, it gave all of my characters awesome moments and chances to show off their awesome spy skills. A few of the characters did dumb things (*cough* CAMMIE) but I've kind of realized that "doing dumb things" is part of Cammie's character. Really loved th ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Pretty good, pretty good. The plot is thickening. The writing was a tiny bit better, but still confusing at some parts. Less romance than the first two, but there was a kiss or two, many mentions of guys being hot and their hotness. Language was overall clean, with really only a 'wuss'. Aunt Abby was awesome, and I like that a bit more was said about Camnie's dad.
I'm curious to see what will happen next, so I will be reading the next book in the series. ;)
These books are seriously getting better and better. The characters are as kickass and amazing as always and the overall plot is so intriguing. I have so many questions and I can't wait to see how it all pans out. This one was certainly a lot darker than the first few and it was perfect. Seriously my favourite so far.
Laura Gardner
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, thriller, friendship, ya
Cammie Morgan is back in her most exciting adventure yet. Roommate Macey McHenry's father is running for vice-president and Macey is a target. After an incident on the campaign trail when Cammie and Macey barely manage to escape an attack on their lives, a new operative is brought to Gallagher Girls Academy to watch out for Macey. Cammie, Liz and Bex are told not to worry, but when have they ever followed the rules before? And why does Cammie keep seeing Zach in strange places? Does he still lik ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covert Operations Report
By Anna Sk (hereafter referred to as "The Operative")

Phase 3.

At this point of the mission, the Operative would like to state that (simply stated for everyone) shit has started to hit the fan. A change of scenery for the Assets and an addition of new Assets (particularly Abigail Morgan and Preston Winters) has brought a more serious and dangerous vibe on the mission. Main target in this mission was Asset McHenry (that the Operative managed to understand better in Phase 3 a
Rita Carvalho
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, these books are truly amazing, I never get bored because there's always something happening and a lot to figure out. To be honest, most of the times I have no idea of what is about to happen and that's why I find it so interesting.

This particular book was so OMG, I'm still shocked and I really need to read the next one to know the truth. I mean, what the hell is happening???

Now, about Cammie and Zach: I think they're very cute and they have to stay together in the end, but he has so many se
sally ✿
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don't dare to let out.”

Preston is so pure and wholesome and I love him so much.

Zach is so shady and mysterious all the dang time, but I still love him.

Aunt Abby is everything I aspire to be.
Kelly Brigid ♡
I forget how darn, short these books are - only 260 pages! Definitely an improvement from the second book. ^_^
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
If you know that someone prone to sneaking out is a target, maybe informing her would be better than relying on vague "this is dangerous!" speeches and hoping for the best?

This book is ridiculous, but Preston makes me laugh. Abby's a little over-the-top here, but Zach and Mr. Solomon and Rachel Morgan are great.
C.G. Drews
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this series. I know it's weird! Who doesn't like cool girls with spy-abilities who save the world and know how to kill someone with uncooked spaghetti? I like it. But my brain spends so much time critiquing it and being unimpressed, I want to cry. My brain and I might get a divorce. We'll split the money equally.

Cammie/Liz/Macey/Bex are the best friendship quartet I've ever read! I love them all! I love their differences and their dynamics. Macey is nearl
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

When Cammie visits her roommate and friend, Macey, in Boston, where her father's being nominated for vice president, she expects an exciting end to summer break. Excitement she gets, when she and Macey find themselves in a kidnapper's plot.

Luckily, escaping is just one the things they do best, as students of the Gallagher Academy For Exceptional Young Women - a spy school in disguise. But soon they find out that it isn't over yet, and as m
These books. I am in love with these books. They're so much fun with the perfect amount of suspense to keep you reading until the very end! There were some scenes that even made me teary eyed. And the last few chapters were crazy.

I loved how this was mostly centered around Macey since there wasn't much of her in the previous book. I still can't believe I disliked Macey in the beginning because she's honestly one of my favourite characters. And Then Abby! I loved her!! And I'm excited to see if s
Brigid ✩
It was okay. I still liked the first one the best. They're not brilliant or particularly well-written, but these books are fun to read. They're the kind of book you can read in an hour or so, and be like, "Yay, that was shallow and fun." But that's about it. :P I liked this one … except I always feel like these books are too short. Plus they make me a little angry. I keep waiting for something really bad to happen – but for books about spies, there's not much conflict/death/etc. Fine, I know the ...more
Looks like things are finally looking up for Cammie Morgan.
And I mean that but I don't, because Cammie's life is slowly becoming a clusterfucks of whodunit, and I love it.
That's right.
Ally Carter is starting to tighten the ribbons on the present that is the Gallagher Girls series, and I can't wait for the bow to finally be tied.
Plots are coming together, characters are appearing into new light, and secrets are starting to be unearthed.
Plus Zach...
what a dream boat. UuU
3.5 stars!
I really like the progression of this series.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
give me the next book NoW!!!11! (pls)
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
THIS ONE'S MY FAVORITE SO FAR!!!! i love preston i loved the action and the mystery! but like when do we get to know about zach im tired of his secrets
carolina ☾
I really missed the Buffy the Vampire Slayer refetences in this one.
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Real Rating: 4.5 stars
I really like this one better than the other books!
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
4.5 stars
This book was a whole lot better than the last. While the last book was really nicely written and intriguing- this book actually has a plot line! (is it only just me or do all 6 book series' plot start at the 3rd book?)
Cammie, Bex, Macey and Liz are still friendship goals as always. That plot twist at the end was a little expected, but I don't know the reason as to how that plot twist fits- huh, I guess I'm up for surprises in the next book. The plot twists in the middle were not some
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