I finished the Gallagher Girls series this past weekend.
I read the books in a bit of a fever — #1 was a nostalgia trip of a really cool book that was extremely short. #2-4 were fun and sucked me into their worlds. #5-6 were… a slog.
Let’s go through them 1 by 1.
- The first book is really not that good, but it establishes a plotline that would basically never be repeated again. It was interesting to see Cammie’s relation to her spy life in relation to her personal life. That is kind of there in Book #2 and then is dropped completely. Josh basically disappears and Cammie and Zach are together for the rest of the series. It’s kind of boring, it kind of makes this book feel really disconnected. Nostalgia also makes this the best book in the series.
- I love the premise of #2. We’re introduced to Guy #2, Zach, and a rival spy school. It’s not explored very well, and there’s a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book. But it’s good fun, so whatever.
- This gets intense very fast, but I’m still on board. Preston is great, taking it outside of the context of school and ramping up the world is really cool. I liked the backdrop of the presidential election and the fleeting appearances of Zach. Pretty good. This was also the last book I read when I was a kid.
- The intensity increases here. I liked it, still? I liked the talk of her dad. I really wanted him to be heading up the syndicate, but I guess the evil parent is already covered by Zach. Still fun. This is the last book where any concept of school is even relevant. Cammie and pals basically don’t even do Senior Year.
- Ugh. I hated this one. It makes sense from an overarching story perspective to have Cammie lose her memory. But, god, it was boring, and writing a brainwashed amnesiac well is very hard. Suddenly, it’s all murder and emo and blah. Hated it.
- This was a fitting conclusion to the series, but still intense. I think I just didn’t enjoy the ramping intensity of the series — which is also an issue I had with the Harry Potter series.
That’s basically it. I had a lot more to say at the beginning of the series than the end. This happened. I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. The first book is still a treat, though. The rest? Meh.