The Great Gallagher Girls Reread
On my first read, I gave this book four stars. After my reread, I'm going to drop it just a smidge - to three point seven five. Don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed it a lot! But I gave I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You four stars and this one just missed the mark of being given the same rating.
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy shows the aftermath of Cammie's disastrous relationship with civilian Josh, who at the end of the last book had his memory erased so that he can no longer remember the secrets of the Gallagher Academy that were revealed during his botched attempt to 'save' Cammie from her CoveOps assignment. He doesn't remember that the Gallagher Academy is a school for spies, as well he shouldn't. That kind of information is classified. He doesn't belong in Cammie's world. She knows this and knows that this semester, she has to be better. No sneaking around, she tells herself. She is going to be herself.
The quiet semester Cammie looked forward to after winter break is interrupted with the arrival of the Blackthorne boys. But why are they really there?
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy is an enjoyable read, like its predecessor, full of secret operations, spying on boys and general teenage girl awkwardness. I see a little bit of myself at that age in all the characters - despite the fact that they're spies-in-training at an undercover institute posing as a private school, they seem very real. Their reactions when faced with boy spies is cute and funny - they may be smart and they may be able to kill you in fifty different ways, but they are also teenage girls who don't get out a lot. This one wasn't quite as action filled as the one before it and it felt a little bit like it was setting up a storyline for something to follow (too bad I can't remember what that is!). The joy of rereading - getting to find out all over again.