Monday, July 30, 2012

YA Review: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Title: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter (Goodreads/ Twitter/ Website)
Pages: 284 pages
Publication Date: April 25th 2006
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre:  Young-Adult, Adventure
Series or Stand-Alone: Gallagher Girls #1
Book Disclosure: Purchased from Fully Booked


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.

Opening Line:
I suppose a lot of teenage girls feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear.


After a long hiatus from reading, I’ve decided to come and choose I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter as my first read. I wasn’t expecting much from the book considering I haven’t read any Young-Adult book for two years.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is a chronicle of Cammie Morgan’s life at the Gallagher Academy. Cammie is not your average teenage girl. She goes to Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a school for spies, she can speak fourteen different languages and is capable of killing a man using just about any object you can think of. While she may not be your average teenager, Ally Carter’s writing made it easy for me as a reader to relate to Cammie. Yes, she’s a spy but she’s also going through the same things I went through as a teen: first love, being “invisible” and breakouts.

Ally Carter’s writing reminded me so much of one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips. As writers, both women have the ability to put humor into their stories without trying so hard and sounding slapstick. I had laughed many times while reading the book especially Cammie’s comments on her teachers at spy school and her feelings towards Josh Abrams.

I would have given the book a solid four stars but I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. I know there’s a second book in the series but I felt that Ally Carter rushed her ending without really tying the loose ends in her story. As I reader, I believed that the ending could have been handled better. Overall, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is an enjoyable book. I recommend this to readers who are looking for a light and fun read.

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