Sunday, September 15, 2013

Gallagher Girl Appreciation: Love, Quotes, and GIFS


Anyone who has read my blog before would know that I am an Ally Carter fan. I can find an excuse to put Ally Carter's The Gallagher Girls (or Heist Society) in pretty much any Top Ten Tuesday list. I find a way to add this series in many bookish conversations or non-bookish conversations because really, who says there's a limitation?

I don't exactly remember how old I was when I found the first book while perusing my library's shelves. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (ITYILY) came out in 2006, but I possibly didn't read it until a while after. What caught my eye first was the boarding school uniform. Once that lured me in, I couldn't race to the check-out counter fast enough when I read the word spies. My childhood friend and neighbor and pretty much anyone who knew or knows me can attest to the fact that I think being a spy would be the coolest thing ever. We used to tail people around, but being so not covert (being more Liz than Cammie). Our favorite game was using walkie-talkies and hiding all around my yard, ducking behind trees whenever a car drove by. Simply, spies fascinated me and there was finally a form of entertainment that I could enjoy that was geared towards my age range. Hooray for YA!

If any of you haven't read this series, you need to and are such sad souls, I pity you. There are so many reasons/elements to this series as to why I enjoy it so much that I could never explain it all. But I did try and here's the resulting, condensed list.

  • The sisterhood. The Gallagher girls stick together and while they're not all "best friends," they have a bond that no one can replicate.
  • The ultimate group of friends. In the midst of the Gallagher Academy is the unique four girls with varying personality traits. I love the dynamic between Cammie, Liz, Bex, and Macey. I honestly think that's what most fans adore in this series. While there's mysteries, action, missions, and boys involved, the friendship between the girls truly stands out. 
  • The previously mentioned action. It's not fight, fight, fight all the time, but there's kicking and jabbing and spy-like moves that make me want to shout, "Girl power!" or something similar to that notion. 
  • The romance. HELLO THERE. In the first book, we had innocent Josh, who had the unique trait of actually noticing Cammie the Chameleon. Her first love, first romance, and they met during her first co-op mission, which is fitting. Of course, I always wondered if there was something dark about sweet Josh because I would so not be surprised considering this is Ally Carter we're talking about. Then we have mysterious Zach, who is so frustratingly cute and dark and...yeah, I was all, "Josh who?" when we met Zach. 
  • The emotions. When there are five books and you have read them multiple times, you tend to get very invested into the story and the characters. The fifth book does things to me. 
  • It's by Ally Carter.
A few favorite quotes from Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy and Out of Sight, Out of Time.
*Apparently, I forgot to mark quotes from the other books and I lent out the first book.*

"No, guys, we don't hate DeeDee," I said.
"Of course you can't hate her–that would be petty," Liz said in the manner of someone who had given it a great thought. "But we can totally hate her."
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"What he hasn't seen," said Macey, positioning me in front of the mirror, "is casual Cammie." 
I felt like Barbie's less-than-perfect friend. 
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Basically the all of page 203 in Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy because there's Zach AND Josh.
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The Mother Superior, however, didn't seem very concerned about ancient terror organizations. She had the look of a woman who might tell ancient terror organizations to bring it on.
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"Scoot," Zach told her, and Tina smiled, sliding down to make room for the two of us on the bench.
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"You're too skinny," Liz said, a girl who I swear once bought a pair of pants that were a size double zero and had to have them taken in. 
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Zach must have sensed it, because he moved his hand to the small of my back and rested it there. 
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"Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you." 
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"Did you teach me how to kill?"
"No." He shook his head slowly. "You mastered those skills all on your own." 
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"Goodbye, [name here]," I said, then climbed the stairs and went to the fifth floor to die. 
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"We have you, Cammie," Bex said. "We have you."
My mom didn't say anything. Tears dripped off her face and onto mine as I stared up at the woman I wanted more than anything to become. 
"Do you hear the music, Mom?"
"No, sweetheart. No. I don't hear it." She shook her head. Terror and tears filled her eyes.
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"He took me to the circus. And then he died."
And then I slept.
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She didn't hesitate or slow; she just threw her arms around me and said, "You're alive." She squeezed tighter. "Thank God, you're alive." 
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"You're here!"
"Funny, I was about to say the same about you."
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"You don't get it, do you?" Macey threw her covers off and stepped barefoot across the floor. "We're not mad because you left." She practically spat the words. I wondered if Liz or Bex might wake up, but neither stirred. "We're mad because you didn't take us with you."
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"You are back, Cam." Macey went into the bathroom and started to close the door. "Which means for the first time that you left, it's okay for us to be mad at you for leaving."

United We Spy, or what a Goodreads user more accurately called it United We Cry, will be out in America in two days. September 17th. Tuesday. I preordered it months ago, but when it comes to my door, I will be at work. You better believe that I will be devouring that thing right when I get home though. I think the concept of self-control and savoring it will not even be manageable or possible. To celebrate this last addition, here is a bunch of GIFs that describe my feelings more than I could ever express with words.

What I will be like on my way home Tuesday:
I know, Mom. I will be perfectly safe.
When I get the book in my possession:

How I hope my crying will be like, especially on my break at work:

How my crying/emotional state will really be like:
I do not drink or support being drunk, especially since I'm 17.
However, this is really appropriate since it has a work desk and all.
Really, this will probably be me to a T.
I emotional eat. It's a problem.
When I read the very last word and the talked-about graduation speech:

When I try to write a review and move on with my life:

So now we wait. I've reread the series, squealed about it and about the ever-decreasing wait time with Emily on Twitter, and now have made this somewhat therapeutic post. I'm as ready as I'll ever be. The only two problems left to solve are: 1. Will I really like her next series as much or as much as Heist Society? and 2. Who will I shove my United We Spy copy at to borrow since all of my friends in person are too busy as well as my sisters? It'll be great squealing with all the internet people, but it always feels great to actually hand a person the book to borrow. 

Have you felt this way about a series before? Are you excited about the sixth, and last, installment of The Gallagher Girls

18 comments:

  1. I know what it's like to finally get your hands on a book you've been dying to read for months! I hope United We Spy lives up to your expectations and more. I really need to get a move on and start this series, don't I? I remember reading the first Heist Society book and having mixed feelings, but perhaps this series will work for me better. Love those quotes you shared! :)

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    1. You do. You really do, Sam. I had mixed feelings about HS as well and then liked it way better the 2nd time. But I LOVED GG.

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  2. I know the feeling, definitely! I love and hate when a favorite series comes to an end. I'm still not caught up on this series but you excitement is contagious and I really want to catch up now! Love your gifs and quotes :)

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    1. It really is bittersweet. Yay! I hope you do asap :) Thank you!

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  3. I loved reading the quotes you posted! I love this series so much. I agree about the friendship in the books! It would be a really different series without her friends in it. I love the bond between them. I really like Heist Society, I still need to read the third one though. And I hope I love her next series as much too! And the fangirling gifs? That was me. I think my mom thought I was insane. :) I'm excited to see what you think of the book when you read it! I want someone else's thoughts about it! LOVE the post! :)

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    1. Thank you! I really liked the third HS so I hope you read it soon! Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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  4. I love this post SO much. You made me overly emotional with those quotes and GIFs, so I can only imagine what the actual book will do to me. The characters do have an indescribable bond (I suppose that's what happens when people repeatedly face life-threatening situations together) and while that could make them seem disconnected from the reader because their group is complete as it is, it only makes them more relatable. So yeah, saying goodbye to them will not be easy.

    THAT GRADUATION GOWN. I just can't…

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    1. This comment makes me happy! I actually never thought about that. It COULD happen where we feel about of the loop/group as a reader, but it really just makes us feel more connected.

      I know...I refuse looking at it more than a few times a day....

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  5. OK I'm convinced! I love Heist Society so I'm not sure why I haven't given The GG series a try yet. Awesome appreciation of the series and the gifs. Hope that the final book is worth the wait!

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    1. I don't know why either! Do it, Lucy, do it!

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  6. You are making me regret that I don't have a clone that can read backlist titles for me! This series sounds like so much fun--definitely have to give it a try sometime. I love how excited you are about it.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  7. I have not read these! But I love ho you described the sisterhood and the romance! I hope you get your new one ASAP!

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  8. I absolutely adore your passion for this series, Sunny! It shows in the post (and all the others you've featured the series in) just how much you love these books. It makes me terribly sad that I haven't started them yet so I can squee along with you. I wonder if it's on audio? ;) I hope this book is everything you're hoping for, and then some!

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    1. :) I want to squee with you. So please do so. It is in audio form, but I personally don't like the narrator!

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  9. I love how much you love these books and the fact that you celebrated that in a post! I haven't read these, but I do hope that I am able to read them some day. I adore Carter's Heist Society books so if these are anything like them, I'm sure I'll fall in love. It also appears that these stories get more complex as they go along, which is pretty exciting. I really really hope that the final book is as wonderful as you want it to be!

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