Saturday, July 5, 2014

Model Spy by Shannon Greenland Review

"Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn't have many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn't hurt that he's supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government's main computer system. 

But a few hours later, her whole life changes. She is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn't your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover. As if that wasn't overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well!

And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she's sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself!"

Model Spy is full of laughs and little feelings. It may be said that it is written for the Middle Grade, but I would say the better genre is Young Adult. In other words, this book may be better for older teens than younger children. Anyway, Model Spy is a book about a girl named Kelly James, now Kelly Spree/GiGi (standing for Genius Girl). It is a fun and thrilling ride. I would say it is like the beginning of Ally Carter's The Gallagher Girls. It is all bright, young, hopeful, and the complete opposite of darkness and moodiness.

GiGi (Kelly James, but she rarely uses that name anymore) takes it better than I thought. She may be clumsy (is this another sign of Bella Swan-ish?), but she is brilliant. However, she doesn't have much imagination. High IQ, low EQ. Well, I would say that the amount of points in her IQ/EQ depends on what the plot demands. There are some parts when I wonder if GiGi isn't an university student. She sounds like a little twelve year old.

David, on the other hand, is the love interest for GiGi. He is a quite confusing character. (If I didn't know any better, then I would suspect he has PMS. Then again, he is a boy, so...). He was the one who found GiGi and helped recruit her for a secret government spy agency. 

The story is great. I love it. Undercover model. Some bad guys. It is terribly fun. I have to laugh at some moments. I really enjoyed Model Spy. It reminds me of the lost days with I'd Tell You I love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You. It is fun and enjoyable. It is one of those great books that would suck you into its world.

The ending of Model Spy is great. There is a cliffhanger, but it is very subtle. You have to keep your eyes peeled to notice it. I won't tell you, because that would only ruin the book. It is only the terrible books where I rat off spoilers. I never liked bad books, with boring character or dominant plot.

There were a few things I had problems with in this book. Greenland introduces many character, yet didn't bothered to share a bit of their traits. I guess, they are all secondary characters. And one last question: Why does GiGi go onto her first mission at this time? TL could had chosen another person. Or maybe a FBI or CIA computer specialist could had went in instead of David and GiGi. There were ways around it. The agency GiGi works for is government, meaning they have more tools to use, not just the IPNC (the organization GiGi works for).

Rating: Three out of Five

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