Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.


Only the Good Spy Young was a fast paced and enthralling fourth book in the Gallagher Girls series. There were entirely new plot twists and developments in the story and I had a hard time setting this down for a second. As I’ve mentioned about the previous books in the series, Only the Good Spy Young was a fast paced and mysterious read that kept me glued to the pages. I’d finished Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover on the same day I started this one, so it was great to not have to wait to get resolution after that killer cliffhanger.

Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey are back and better than ever. They have such a great relationship and it’s always great to know you have your friends out there to get your back. And this is especially important in the case of the Gallagher Girls! This addition to the series started off with a bang and the action was endless from then on. The girls are dealing with some very serious things and the senior agents are getting involved as well. Secrets are revealed and friendships are tested as Cammie learns just how important it truly is to be able to rely on those close to you.

The plot moved at a rapid clip and there were so many intriguing twists thrown in to keep the story interesting and fresh. The Gallagher Girls are just as tough and brave as in the previous books, even more so, at times, in
Only the Good Spy Young. Cammie particularly proved herself in this novel and showed just how bad an idea it was to mess with Cammie or her friends and family. She stopped at nothing to make sure the truth was revealed.

I really liked the previous books in the series and the plot always kept me on my toes, but
Only the Good Spy Young truly thrust the girls into the real world of danger and betrayal. Some new characters were introduced and many of my old favorites had even bigger roles. Zach and Cammie’s relationship also played a role in this story and readers gain some more insight into Zach’s character and the school he attends.

Only the Good Spy Young was packed full of shocking twists, nail-biting action, and an ending that left me wanting more! Why, oh why must we wait until 2012 to read Out of Sight, Out of Time? I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first three installments in this series and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Cammie and the rest of the gang.

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

June 29, 2010/Disney*Hyperion/265 Pages/Young Adult/Book Four

Source: Bought

Other books in the series: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Book 1), Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Book 2), Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover (Book 3), and Out of Sight, Out of Time (Book 5, '12)


  1. I've only read the first one but really liked it. I hope to get to the others some day! Her other series is great too!

  2. I LOVED this book!
    the previous in the series I liked but this one was just pure awesome from start to finish!!!!!
    and OMG! The revelations. I think I even cried twice during this book - and I honestly never expected Cammie & Co to make me cry.


    Lovely review, and I can't wait for the next one either.

  3. Sounds like a fun read! I haven't read the other books in this series yet, but Ally Carter is pretty awesome, so I may just have to pick the first book up. Thanks for the rec!



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