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Hi all, welcome to the second book discussion for the first book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.

Synopsis: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

There are no right or wrong answers. This discussion is open to everyone! Just a FYI, this post contains spoilers.

Well, here are the questions:

  1. How do you think Joe Solomon knew Bex’s father?
  2. Why do you think Joe was late for the first CoveOps class?
  3. What do you think was Joe’s purpose of mentioning Cammie’s father, knowing it will hurt her feelings?
  4. What was your impression of Joe Solomon after the first CoveOps class?
  5. Would you want to be the daughter of the headmistress like Cammie?

Friday, Reyna will be posting the discussion for chapter 3 and Katie with chapter 4 on Saturday.

Comments on: "Gallagher Girls book discussion (2)" (10)

  1. Love love love the banner! Sweetness 😀

    1. Mr Solomon seems to know everyone! I wonder if he is British, since Bex hails from across the Pond, but I don’t recall an accent being mentioned. I wonder if they worked together…

    2. I think he did it deliberately – he doesn’t seem like the punctual type. Perhaps GG Academy places too much emphasis on order?

    3. I don’t think he did it on purpose, but then I often miss “reading between the lines.” If he did do it on purpose, then I wonder if he is a one of the bad guys – and then I wonder if this series IS similar to Harry Potter and frequent replacements for the Dark Arts professor. That would be a little weird.

    4. Joe Solomon is a jerk! He made Cammie almost cry (though I hope not on purpose); he was 5 minutes late; he dismissed the class super-early (a bonus, but the comment he made). I think he might be good for the GGs though because he might force them to apply their “book smarts.”

    5. No! Not if I have to keep the same parents 😀 Cammie’s mother though – if she’s young and could be mistaken for Cammie’s older sister, that would be traumatic IMO.

  2. 1. Joe and Bex’s father probably completed a couple missions together.

    2. I think Joe is just always late. Probably because he likes to live on the edge.

    3. Joe might be trying to help Cammie with coming to terms with her Father’s death/ disappearance to “toughen” her.

    4. Neat-o, not your average Joe.

    5. No, I’d rather be a regular student.

  3. I think Solomon was trying to surprise the girls with just about everything he does. Part of being a good cove ops teacher would involve catching your students off guard and them learning how to deal with it. If the girls always lived their life to a schedule, it wouldn’t be very good practical experience for real life.

    I wouldn’t ever want a parent as a teacher. Even if it wasn’t too bad, I’d prefer not every time.

  4. 50forjen said:

    1. They probably knew eachother from a mission
    2. I think he did it on purpose to throw them off.
    3. I think Joe was trying to teach her caution, or someother lesson. I still thought it was mean.
    4. Hes alright as a teacher I guess. Im not wild on him.
    5. I woundnt mind. However I wouldnt want my mother in her current state to suddenly be principal, she’s really paranoid about drugs or anything.

  5. 1. *Hoping* Joe worked for Bex’s dad.
    2. To show them that punctuality isn’t necessarily what they’re going to encounter when they’re out in the world doing actual spy missions.
    3. I don’t remember him mentioning Cammie’s father specifically, did he? I think she read into it a little too much, but hey that’s just me.
    4. I like him. I think he’s going to shake things up a little.
    5. No way, Jose. I think there are definitely more downsides to that than upsides.

    Thanks for hosting this ladies! It’s turning out to be quite fun!

  6. 1. Maybe they worked on an assignment together?
    2. I think he knows he’s hot and just wanted to be dramatic and different from the other teachers.
    3. To show that he’s not going to go out of his way to spare anyone’s feelings. And to show the consequences if you don’t “get good.”
    4. He was mysterious. I like him and am interested to see what role he’ll play in the rest of the novel.
    5. I suppose it would be fun at times but probably not.

    I’m loving the discussion so far! Nice job! =]

  7. I haven’t even answered my own discussion! Tsk, I’m so busy.

    1. They could have been partners before.
    2. He could have been at a meeting or because he wanted to show them that this class was different from the other classes.
    3. Why is he such a meanie?
    4. Okay… hm wonder what he’ll do next.
    5. Nope! That would be weirdness.

  8. 1. They probably have worked togethor, I remember cammie saying something about how Joe looke fresh off a mission perhaps he had been working with Bex’s dad on that mission?

    2. Like others have said to perhaps show them nothing is always on schedule. It could be also to catch them off their guard or even to add suspense or drama to his entrance.

    3. I think that was mentioned at the end of book 1 he said he had been harsh on cammie becuse he didn’t wan’t her to go into field work but into a nice safe desk job as he didn’t want to loose another member of the morgan family. Joe was close friends with cammie’s dad. He was trying to scare or show her how serious and dangerous being a spy really is

    4. That he will whip the gallagher girls into the best spies that they can me.He was really going to push them to their limits like no other teacher before and his classes will definitly be their hardest but the most exciting. I did think he was a bit cocky though and horrible to cammie

    5. NO! Having parents know everything that I get up to at school no thanks! Cammie and rachel’s general conversation is

    Rachel: How are your friends?

    Cammie: Their fine macy has been pulled up a class

    Rachel: I know. How are you feeling?

    Cammie: I met Josh today

    Rachel: I

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