Author: Ally Carter
Publication date: April 2006
Age group: Young Adult
Cover rating: 2/5
Content rating: 4/5
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but its really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she's already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti.)
But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, shes beginning her most dangerous mission; she's falling in love.My thoughts:
I think that overall, this may be more like 3.5 stars but it kept me amused and made me laugh several times so I'll give it 4 stars for that! I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is a fun and light book about a school for female spies. I love the idea behind the book and was really excited to get started on it.
This book is full of strong, independent girls who can look after themselves. Not really something you see all too often in young adult literature, sadly! That's certainly what I liked most about this book and what makes me want to continue on with this series. I liked Cammie at times but she did such stupid things at other times! Cammie's friends, teachers and her mother were great characters and I really look forward to getting to know them more.
It wasn't all great though. A few portions of the book were so incredibly boring I have to wonder why they were even in there! It would just drag for about twenty pages but it did always pick up pace again. However, it was light and entertaining and not a bad start at all to the series. I'm very interested in reading book two!