I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, Bk 1)
I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Gallagher Girls, Bk 1 Author:Ally Carter Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school -- typical, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be... more » 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 seven different ways with her bare hands, 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?« less
Kim W. (KimberleeRae) reviewed I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book. Ally Carter has created a well written and clever book that is hard to put down. There were times when I couldn't help but laugh out loud. If you are looking for a fun book to read and the idea of a spy academy appeals to you, I recommend this book. Teen and tween girls will probably get the most out of this book, but girls of all ages could enjoy this.
These were fast, enjoyable reads. I read them at the end of my day and had to stop and make myself sleep, but I could have easily read them in one 2 or 3 hour sitting. There's a lot of fun in reading about the unique school - all the students that may go to it, and the classes that they need to take. So that part is entertaining, but here are some realistic teenage problems that occur in the unusual setting, which made the books are surprisingly more relatable than I first expected them to be. Mostly because in between learning how to be a good agent, Cammie Morgan is learning about boys. That's a universal subject - and something girls in the Gallagher academy have no experience on. I think all girls in this world have once felt like boys were speaking a foreign language with one word answers and cryptic sentences that need dissecting later to figure out what he really means. It was sort of funny that even the talented Gallagher girls, who know several languages, have genius IQs and secret agent training, can't figure out out the mystery of the opposite sex. They even talked about a writing a translator. Nothing is really easy or pat in terms of relationships, so I felt like the story was a bit above the usual young adult "girl gets boy" novel. The book was light reading for the most part, and the spy school is fantasy, but there is some depth in the growing pains I read in here. Fun way to pass the time - probably a hit with it's target audience. I can see this as being a good book for 12-14 year olds.
The title is intriguing, and so is the concept: a spy-in-training at an all-girls' spy school falls in love with a normal boy, whom she can never tell her true identity. But this story failed to live up to my expectations. This book makes for a quick and light read. More than a few times, the author seems to try too hard with her random humor, which doesn't succeed in making the story funny. That being said, there IS a decent amount of advice on guys that girls might like to read about.
A good book. Though it dealt more with her relationship with a "townie" over her being a spy, it still was a good interesting read. A bit slow in a few spots, but it picked right back up again. The ending was a bit lacking and not what I would have liked, but hopefully the second book in the series fixes that!
Welcome to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, an all-girls school located just outside of Roseville, Virginia. Anyone looking at this elite private boarding school would see just what The Gallagher Academy wants you to see--a preppy school for privileged girls, complete with a guardhouse and stone wall to keep the curious away from their precious charges. And they'd be right, of course, and yet they would be so very, very wrong!
Because The Gallagher Academy isn't exactly what it appears to be. It's an elite school, that's for sure, and the only boys who grace its grounds are the male teachers. After that, though, the similarities between The Gallagher Academy and every other elite boarding school in the world ends. Instead of math and reading, English and horseback-riding, the girls who attend this school take courses in Covert Operations, Ancient Languages, Countries of the World, Culture and Assimilation, and Protection and Enforcement. The Gallagher Academy is, in a word, a school for spies.
Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher girl--her mother, who also attended the school, is now the headmistress. Her two best friends, Liz and Bex, are both super-smart, and the best spies-in-training she knows (except for Liz's lack of coordination, but that's another story). Cammie has spent most of her life inside the walls of The Gallagher Academy, and now that another semester is starting, complete with new CoveOps teacher, hunky Joe Solomon, she's really looking forward to the new school year.
But then things start to get a little out of control. Mr. Solomon seems to know all about Cammie's missing-and-presumed-dead father. She meets a boy in town, Josh, who finally sees her, really sees her, like no one else ever has. After all, she didn't get her nickname, "the chameleon," for nothing. But now Cammie is balancing on a dangerous ledge--knowing that no one outside of the gates of The Gallagher Academy can ever know who she truly is, and wanting nothing more than to spill all of her secrets to Josh.
As lies tangle with truths, as first love duels with obligation, Cammie will need to learn exactly what it means to be a spy, her mother's daughter, and a young girl falling in love.
I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU is a wonderful, laugh-out-loud, action-adventure extravaganza. Filled with plenty of cool gadgets, intriguing teachers, and heart-pounding first-love moments to keep the reader interested, you won't be able to put this book down once you start. A true winner, and I definitely can't wait for a sequel!
I enjoyed this book. I was hoping that this wasn't going to be about 15 year old girls involved in international espionage and it's not. It is a light, fun story about girls in an unusual situation going through usual girl stuff. The girls are likeable and the adults for the most part are not stupid. There were some nice insights on friendships and lies. I will read the next one.
If you like romance, humor, with a good dose of mystery and action, mixed in with spys of today, this book is for you. Totally Awesome, one of my favorite series. That's right, series. Plenty more where that came from.
Mikaley O. (mozleigh) reviewed I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, Bk 1) on
Cami Morgan is starting her sophomore year at the prestigous Gallagher Academy, where you learn chemistry (to make deadly poisons), math (to calculate the time it takes you to repell down a ten story building), gym (to learn how to disarm an enemy seventeen different ways using only office supplise), langauges (thirty or so, fluently), and public relations (to disguise yourself so no one knows your a spy). But the one thing that this spy school for exceptional young women doesn't teach, is about boys.
This book is a wonderful, well-rounded, funny, quirky, clever novel with a unique twist. Cami has a relatable voice, all her own that girls of all ages will enjoy. It's a little centered around boys but author Ally Carter does a good job of reminding the reader these are multi-demensional girls and making every reader want to be a Gallager Girl.
Totally fun. Great narrative drive with enough emotional depth to keep you reading. Literary popcorn. As good as anything by Dick Francis, but for kids. Make sure you get all four in the series, because you won't want to stop after the first (or second, or third). It made me cry, but my 12-year-old daughters thought I was being over-emotional.
I'd recommend it for ages 11 and up. There is some dating, but nothing beyond kissing. All very sweet.