I kept putting off reading this book because I had so many other young adult fantasy/romance books on my list. Then, I read that Ally Carter got the inspiration to write the Gallagher Girls books from the TV show Alias, I HAD to start the series. I love strong, spy type of characters that can hold their own as CIA, FBI, or whatever secret style, kick rears and take names kind of descriptions that follow. Just plain, 'ol AWESOME! Oh, I wish I was a Gallagher legacy! I'm typically more of a fantasy reader, but this book drew me in until the end. The main character Cammie and her sidekicks Bex, Liz, and the delinquent heiress Macey are fun to get to know. I would love to have Bex as my best friend. She is tough, yet funny at the same time. Liz would probably get on my nerves, being the know it all, black and white type, but she rounds the team out well. Everyone knows a good spy team needs a geek. Macey is the late comer to the team. She is a black sheep type, but will surprise you as the story unfolds. Minor characters that I hope to learn more about are Cammie's mother, the gorgeous Ex-CIA agent and current Head Mistress of the Academy, and the new Covert Operation teacher, Mr. Solomon. He too is a gorgeous ex-CIA agent. Both of these two were seen dancing at a local event and I'm wondering if things will evolve for these two gorgeous people. I also wonder if this will be OK with Cammie? She and her mother both still mourn the death of her father, who went missing during a mission. While the girls are learning CoveOps this fall semester, Cammie meets a local boy. The girls team up, practicing their skills to make sure he is safe for Cammie to date. The antics they get into while surveilling Josh made me laugh. One of my favorite scenes is where they are almost caught inside Josh's house, try to repel out the window while Liz the Geek gets tangled up in her cables. This is what Cammie says about it: Behind Josh, Bex must have fixed Liz's cable, because I heard the whizzing sound of two people in near free fall and then the clanging of someone landing in a pile of metal trash cans. Thankfully, Josh thinks it's raccoons. I also like how Cammie views herself while spying on Josh: This is probably a pretty good time to point out that while it may appear that I was lurking-I wasn't. Lurking is what creepy guys with random facial hair and stains on their shirts do. Geniuses with three years of top secret spy training don't lurk- we surveil. Ahh, teenage, genius, stalker, rationalization. I love it! Suffice to say, the book takes us through how Cammie sneaks around and dates Josh without anyone except her friends knowing. She knows that what she is doing could be dangerous for the Academy, but the attraction to be with Josh proves too much to resist. Cammie turns out to be a really good covert ops girlfriend, almost making a success of the relationship, although she has had to create a whole different persona just to be with him. They don't call her the Chameleon for nothing. But, when things get out of control and her cover is almost blown, Cammie has do something is that is really hard for her. The climax of the story is so much fun to read. I won't give too much away, but it involves CovertOps, the team, retrieving a disk, Mr. Solomon on the opposing side, and...Josh. The ending of the book leaves you satisfied with Cammie and her team, but in a world of unknown for the future of Cammie and Josh. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a breathe of fresh reading for me and a very nice change from fantasy. I would say, The Gallegher Girls is like a Tom Clancy novel at the teen level. Since I love the Jack Ryan series of Clancy, that's a huge compliment. This is a great YA spy read!