Monday, March 26, 2012

Book 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
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
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Publication Date: April 25th 2006
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 284
Summary from Goodreads;
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.

“I suppose a lot of teenage girls feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear. Well, that's me—Cammie the Chameleon. But I'm luckier than most because, at my school, that's considered cool. 
I go to a school for spies.” 
-Ally Carter, I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You.
Rate: 5/5 stars
So many people have recommended this, and raved about it but I got to it just now. When I read the summary, I was so excited to read it because I love reading about people in "spy" jobs, like Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series and I also enjoy watching NCIS. Also, the title caught my attention.. as well as my friends who couldn't believe a book could have such a title, and had to get a copy themselves to figure out why the title was what it was.

I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you transported me into Carter's world from the first page. It had enough detail to draw a picture in your mind but not as much as to bore you into skipping pages.  I really liked how Cammie seemed like a real life girl, you know, beside all the spy things she can do. Cammie was a somewhat normal girl, she likes this guy but she doesn't know how to "speak boy." The plot line was amazing, and I can't wait to read the second book in the series,  Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.
Also, I found this other cover for this book, which I have to admit I like more;
I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you is a fast paced book, with such detail that you'll feel like you're there. Carter will pull you into her world from the first page, and not let go until the last page, leaving you with anticipation to read the second installment to her series.


  1. I've loved these books for so many years. I'm you liked it! I just bought the new one and can't wait for it to come in. I also like the other covers. But the girl on this cover just IS Cammie for me. I hope that makes sense.

    -Miranda @The Lonely Bookshelf

    1. Yeah that made sense, I was thinking that too. :)