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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 20 Mar 2007
ISBN: 1423100042
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Websites:
Ally Carter – Official Site
Ally Carter – Blog
Ally Carter – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Roseville, Virginia

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is the first book in Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. This series introduces Cammie Morgan, your typical teen girl going to an exclusive private school in Virginia. Typical that is if all meals are conducted in a foreign language and your class schedule includes courses like Code Breaking, Advanced Martial Arts in PE and Covert Ops. Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is more then just a top private school. Its a school that recruits the smartest girls in the United States (with the exception of one British National) and trains them in all the skills they will need to be spies. Cammie is a good student and one who tends to be held to a slightly higher standard since her mother is the Headmistress she is also reported to be the best pavement artist at Gallagher, that is one that is skilled in making herself not be seen, and has even earned herself the nickname of Chameleon. Then one day while in town on a mission she is seen by an ordinary boy named Josh and she starts to break all the rules just so she can be an ordinary girl.

I found I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You to be a cute and often funny book about a group of friends trying to cope with the pressures of school and dealing with first crushes. Yes the girls aren’t your typical girls and they spy on Josh to make sure that he isn’t deep undercover to expose the truth about Gallagher Academy. There is also the added conflict of transfer student Macey McHenry who the girls don’t know what to make of. This is a book that is a quick read and one that doesn’t take much brain power in order to focus on. A book which I would call Brain Candy. And often these types of books make the best books because they simply allow you to escape the pressures of the real world and lose yourself into a fun story. As I’ve said this is a fun book. It will make you laugh and will probably also make your cringe a bit as Cammie and her friends get into an awkward situation. Because no amount of spy training can remove the innate insecurities of being a teen girl trying to find her way in the world.

I read this book in a day because once I started it I found that I couldn’t put it down. It was fun, fast-paced and the characters were realistic….well as realistic as possible considering the premise. This is a perfect escapist book if you need a break from the real world. I found it very enjoyable and I look forward to the rest of the books in the series.

3 Responses to “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter”

  1. Tiffany Schmidt

    Hooray! I’m glad you finally picked this up! I’ve been <3<3 it forever! Finally a girl spy series! I'm full up with Artemis Fowl, Young Bond, Alex Rider, etc. The book world needed some Cammy and co!