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Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
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Oct 14, 2010

really liked it

While still keeping with the overall light and fun air of the previous two books, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover adds a new intensity and danger to the Gallagher Girls. Jumping into the action and plot quickly, there is a noticeable shift in atmosphere throughout this book as a result of the foiled kidnapping attempt.

Cammie goes through a striking amount of growth and change as this installment progresses, getting a gutting first hand look at the dangers of the spy life. Her worry over Macey's safety and mental health strengthen her character, also solidifying the fact that despite her rough introduction, Macey is now as good a friend to Cammie as Bex and Liz have been. Cammie continues to break the rules in this book, finding continual justifications for it that tend to center around ensuring Macey is protected as she travels with her parents for her father's political campaign in his pursuit of vice president.

Macey takes a stronger role in this book and much of the events center around her. She shows several different sides, each one well developed and understandable. She loses some of her sass as a result of the events, softening her character and making her more sympathetic with the reader.

The plot adds some new levels to the series as a whole, providing great strides for the characters in personal growth. A bold, new character is introduced and a character from the first books is brought back to add to the mystery. Even at the close of this installment, one character in particular continues to remain illusive and mysterious. The plot, as a whole, is enjoyable with some suspense and generally engaging.

Carter's writing still gives Cammie a strong voice and distinct mindset, and her spy world still continues to surprise the reader with new additions and more background. The setting and world is built as strongly as the characters, and both aspects are blended smoothly. Overall, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover is a great addition to the Gallagher Girls set and while it ties most things up, there are still a few lingering questions to push the reader to the next book.

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