Book Review – Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

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Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Edition: Hardcover
Year: 2007

And so I finished the second Gallagher Girls book, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter. I can’t say a review of this book would be all that different from my review of the first one. However, I can still give a pretty firm opinion of what I liked better and what bothered me a bit more.

Keeping in mind that this book is written specifically for an audience younger than myself, there were places that the narrative insertion is a bit heavy-handed. I should know, I’m a pro at it in my own writing. Cammie’s memos to herself and other parentheticals do tend to distract when they are in excess. However, in the actual narrative form, Cammie’s love of repetition and worry is very teenager-like, and it took me back to high school…in a good way, I think.

What I found more believable between this one and its predecessor was the boy-girl interaction. I felt like things with Josh in I’d Tell You I’d Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You were a little cardboard, and not just because Cammie had no idea how to act around guys. Something about it didn’t ring true for me. In this one, however, Cammie’s interactions with Zack struck the right chord. I knew that awkwardness, I experienced that awkwardness, I could completely relate to that awkwardness. I loved Cammie’s interaction with Zack.

My biggest disappointment was the fact that I knew how the book was going to end as soon as the climax hit its peak. I was still guessing until the last 70 pages, and then I knew exactly where it was going. However, it was better than some of the alternatives that I imagined earlier on in my reading. I just wish it had ended on a note that had a different tone from the first one. However, I do appreciate that Cammie has definitely grown up, and experienced a sophomore year that was just as life-changing as that age tends to be.

So, I would still recommend it, and I will read more Gallagher Girls, but for the time being, I can be patient and wait for paperbacks.

Grade: B

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