Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young adult fiction
Rating: Three stars
Synopsis: 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?
About a week ago I finished I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter. It is the first book in the Gallagher Girl series, and I have some mixed feelings on it…
Let me start by saying that I went into this book knowing that it was going to be cheesy because come on, it’s a book about a school for spies. It did deliver in the cheesiness, but it had some good aspects.
I liked the first half of the book. I thought it was funny, cute and interesting, especially since I’ve never read a book about spies. The first half is a look at the school and the main characters. I really enjoyed this part of the book. I liked the main character and her friends. I even liked Macey McHenry, Cammie’s ‘frenemy.’ The school reminded me a lot of Harry Potter with all its hidden tunnels and passages. The first part of the book was about Macey’s relationship with our main character Cammie, and Macey adjusting to spy school. Then, when Cammie meets Josh (an ordinary boy who likes Cammie,) the book started to go downhill. At first, their relationship was sweet and I enjoyed watching it develop, but by the time I had finished ¾ of the book it got boring and repetitive. I felt like the only content for a good chunk of the book was just Cammie sneaking out to see Josh. This area of the book lost me because you could read it and almost forget Cammie was a spy. I wish that the theme of the book was a little more consistent.
Towards the end of the book, there is an action scene where Cammie and her friends have to complete a spy school final, and It was a cool concept (spies having an interactive final in which they have to use their training to save something.) But I feel like it was poorly executed. I could not wrap my mind around the descriptions of the scene. I found it hard to follow.
That is a lot of negative stuff, but I actually am glad that I read this book. I’ve seen this book everywhere. My library has always had a million copies of this book and I had wondered what they were about. I am glad I read it just because I have always been curious, but I also liked this book. I obviously didn’t love it, but it wasn’t horrible, so it wasn’t a complete waste of my time.
The end of the book was a cliffhanger! It tied up some things but there is still one big mystery and because of this I could see myself reading the next book in the future. I don’t really want to read it… But I really do want to find out what happens! Perhaps if I am bored one day I’ll take it out from the library 😉
So, in conclusion, this book is a bit bland, but has some good aspects such as sweet friendships, humor, and all things spy! It’s a good read if you’re looking for something light and quick… Just don’t take it too seriously!
Have you read this book? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments!