BOOK REVIEW: I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)Title: I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: 1st April 2006
Goodreads Summary: 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.

{ Review }

I think I've been subconsciously hyping this book up in my head for years so when I finally got round to reading it, I was a little disappointed. It took me quite a while to get into this book and I read it awfully slowly , but in the end it was worth it. Also, although the title is really quite clever, I'm still not sure what relevance it had.

Cammie isn't your typical 15 year old girl. She's grown up in an all girls boarding school, that her mother just so happens to be the headmistress of, and she doesn't really get much time to experience life outside of the school grounds unless if she's visiting her Dad's family on their ranch. That's not the only thing slightly odd about her upbringing, Gallagher Academy isn't just any boarding school, it's a school for spies (though, of course, nobody will admit it). All the girls who attend Gallagher Academy have extraordinary IQs, can speak multiple languages and probably know a hundred or so different methods to kill a man but none of them know how to talk to boys. In fact, most of them probably haven't ever interacted with boys. One day whilst on an outing as part of her Cove Ops class, she bumps into a boy, Josh, who really shouldn't have seen her at all given that she was undercover, and suddenly Cammie's life is way more interesting than it ever was before. Cammie starts using her spy skills to sneak out to see this boy doing normal every day things like going to the cinema, that are just so alien to Cammie and her school mates. This is a whole new learning experience for Cammie and her friends who really don't know anything about how to be normal, but they've got to make sure she doesn't get caught...

As Cammie has been brought up as a spy in training she's incredibly intelligent but doesn't have a clue about boys which just goes to show that no matter how old you are or how clever you are, girls are never going to figure out how the mind of the opposite sex works. Weirdly enough, I think that Cammie and I are fairly similar and I think that's why I loved this book. In case you're now thinking that I, too, am a spy a training, don't be silly. I do; however, go to an all girls schools, full of incredibly intelligent students who know lots about everything, apart from boys. When I go out with boys, I lie to my parents and get my friends to cover for me and last of all, I have no idea how to be normal. I don't particularly like reading books about characters that are too many years younger than me because I find their naivety a bit irritating but I could relate to a lot of the things that Cammie was going through (was having a bit of a boy crisis myself whilst reading this). This book is written from Cammie's perspective so you see everything first hand and it's rather funny reading all the thoughts that go through Cammie's brain.

I didn't find Cammie's relationship with Josh all that interesting because I don't think we got enough details about his character and I enjoyed this book because of Cammie herself, not because of the plot or anything. If you're looking for a really good teen romance, then this wouldn't be my first choice, but the love aspect of this novel certainly brings hilarity to this story. I'd say this book was more of  a coming-of-age (or coming-of-normal) book rather than a teen romance but maybe we'll see more of Cammie and Josh's relationship in the subsequent books. I'm not sure that all that happened in this book in terms of plot and to be honest I don't think the story-line was that strong, but with Cammie's character, it was enough to carry me through to the end so it wasn't all that bad.

All in all, this was a really good book, but it wasn't as great as I imagined it would be. It'll probably appeal to people in their mid teens as the main character is 15 years old and seems to be having a typical 15 year old crisis but maybe those of you who still haven't figured out how to be 'normal' will find this interesting too. This book made me laugh out loud at some points and I guarantee you'll fall in love with Cammie's character. I actually found a lot of the advice given in this book or reading about the situations Cammie found herself in to be really helpful. It's not like a life guide for teenagers or anything like that, but it's full of relateable incidences that most people will enjoy reading about. Although the first book was good, I am wondering what the heck Ally Carter could've possibly filled another four books with. I guess I'll have to read them to find out, but I hope this series doesn't fizzle out like so many other YA series I've read!

Anyone read the rest of the series? Worth reading or not?

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  1. I really hope that we'll get to see more of Cammie and Josh in the rest of the series! Cammie was definitely a brilliant character. I also found myself wondering what she could have written to get another 4 books! But I guess I'll find out when I read them :)
    Great review!

    1. This series got soo much better as time went on and Cammie really matured. I hope you've read the rest of the series and enjoyed it!

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    1. Although the first book was very 'teenage girl', the subsequent novels were actually really good!

  3. The title is great but sorry you were disappointed with the book. I would've tried it based on the title alone!

    1. The next 5 books went from strength to strength so I'm glad I gave this series a chance!

  4. I really enjoyed this book when I read it. Might be because I was a bit younger so I understand why you weren't as amazed by it. But I really do find it to be a light easy read

    1. I definitely think the first book is the sort of thing that is aimed at younger teens, but by the time you get to book 6, the plot seems to be for much more mature teens. I guess that progression was for those that grew up with these books whereas I read them all in one chunk. Anyways, I ended up loving this series in the end!


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