Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

id tell you i love youI’d Tell You I’d Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Teen
Source: Used Book Sale
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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.

My Thoughts

I’d Tell You I’d Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You (henceforth known as I’d Tell, because really that title is ridiculously long) has been on my radar for years.  The first time I ever really took note of this book was when some girls kept coming into the library asking if we had The Gallagher Girls books.  And of course, the title caught my eye.  A spy school for genius girls!  I mean, that’s awesome.  But for some reason I just never got around to it.  Well, folks, I finally remedied it, and not a day too soon.  I’d Tell is such a fun book!

I think part of the reason this book was so popular at my library is became Cammie is so relatable.  Okay, sure, I doubt anyone can relate to the whole attending a school for future spies.  But I think everyone has felt the same way Cammie feels.  That feeling of “I’m the girl no one notices.”  The chameleon, the one who blends in with the environment and never stands out.  I think that is such a great thing about this book.  Even though Cammie is at a school for future spies, she’s also every girl.

And I think that helps make why Cammie went to the lengths she did to meet up with Josh so understandable.  When no one notices you for so long, it’s hard to not being amazed by someone who does.  It’s not that Cammie doesn’t know who she is, or that she is awesome.  But when all of a sudden this boy is staring right at you when you are blending in, well it would be hard to not wonder about said boy.

One thing I wish was explored was what about Cammie caught Josh’s eye.  I liked Josh a lot, but I wanted to know what initially caught Josh’s eye about Cammie.  But despite that, I liked seeing Cammie and Josh interact with each other.

Although there is a little (very PG) romance in this book, it really isn’t a romance.  It’s more about becoming confidant with who you are.  And it’s about some seriously tight friendships, and I LOVED that.  The girl power in this book is seriously awesome.  And I don’t just mean girl power in terms of girls kicking butt, although there is lots of that.  I mean girl power in terms of girls sticking together and supporting each other.  No annoying catty girl stereotypes here, folks, and let me tell you, that was totes refreshing!  In fact, I would say this book is Anti-Catty Girl!  Woot, woot!

I must say that the big action sequence at the end was a little meh.  I mean, for some reason I couldn’t believe that bit.  And how Josh plays into that scene was a little odd.  I don’t know why I had a hard time believing that part of the story, but even so, I enjoyed this book from cover to cover.  It was funnier than I was expecting (although not as funny as Also Known As by Robin Benway, IMO), which made it all the more enjoyable.  I definitely plan on reading the next book in this series!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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5 Responses to Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

  1. Candice says:

    I really love this series. The first one wasn’t my favorite, but the others have been! You should totally check them out!

  2. Like you, I keep meaning to try this one for myself. A lot of the teens I know are really into the series. Thanks for the great review!

  3. I should try this one out it sounds cute 🙂

  4. Miss J says:

    Ohh for the record, I would totally love to attend a school for future spies!! Haha. I just finished reading this the other day and I too liked it, thought it was fun and cute. I also liked that this was more about being confident in becoming who you are. I liked Macey’s character development throughout the book, although I kind of wish we got to see more of it.

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