Monday 14 December 2009

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

Pages: 284
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 20th March 2007

Other Titles in the Series: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school - typical, 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 seven different ways with her bare hands, 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 manoeuvre a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is a fun story of a group of very special girls at a very special boarding school.

I loved all of the spy gadgets and adventures in this book. The secret codes, undercover missions and hidden identities were so much fun to read about. It made me want to be a spy at times! But one of the best things about I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You was how much more to the story there was than just the spies-in-training.

Cammie really is an average teenager, well, with the exceptions of being able to speak fourteen languages and floor a grown man effortlessly. She worried about her future, wanted a normal family (at times) and went gaga over cute boys. I also noticed something while reading this: the ordinary girls want to be special and the special girls always want to be ordinary. No one’s happy with their lot!

I thoroughly enjoyed I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You so I’ll definitely be getting myself a copy of Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy to see what Cammie and the girls get up to next.



  1. I read this book recently and I enjoyed it too. Great review, Sophie!

  2. This sounds like a really lighthearted, fun book. I look forward to reading it - thanks for the review!

  3. who doesn't love a spy book?
    I liked this book a lot, but the sequel was a total bummer. Interested to see what you think.

  4. Great review! I am glad that you enjoyed it, but due to past experiences...I think I will have to pass on this one.

  5. I loved this book as well! But I need to get my hands on the next book. I'm totally excited for that :)

  6. I also really liked this book. Nice review :)

  7. I really like this series and my teens all love it! I liked that there was a cool spy school for girls-Cammie kicks butt!

  8. I don't know why I've put off reading these. You make them sound so fun. Thanks!

  9. Sounds like a fun series! I would never have realised from the cover that it's about teenage spies, so I'm really glad I read your review.

  10. I love this series! Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is even better! :)

  11. I've been meaning to start this series. It sounds like my type of books, action! Great review.

  12. Great review! I'll have to read this then! =]


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