Thursday, June 27, 2013

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
Author: Ally Carter
Publication: Disney Hyperion (August 20, 2009)

Description: 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: This book is a story that has both humor and heart. Cammie Morgan is the narrator and to book is supposed to be a report of a "mission" that this young spy undertakes. Cammie has been attending the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women where her former-CIA mother is the headmaster. Her father, also a spy, died on a mission and both Cammie and her mother are still dealing with his loss.

Cammie's sophomore year begins with a few changes. She gets a new roommate—Macey McHenry—who is very different from her other roommates Bex and Liz. Macey is the daughter of a Senator and a Cosmetics Empire heiress and she comes equipped with attitude and street smarts. Sophomore year also comes with the girls' first Covert Ops class and a new Covert Ops teacher—Joe Solomon who could give James Bond and Indiana Jones pointers.

Cammie is known as the Chameleon. She can fit in and remain unseen. But on her first Covert Ops assignment, a town boy sees her. Josh is cute and funny and nice. Cammie wants to get to know him better but to do so, she has to create a Legend—a story about an ordinary girl and go undercover. The town people in Roseville have a prejudice against the Gallagher girls thinking they are all rich, spoiled, and stuck up. Gallagher Academy fosters that attitude because it helps conceal that the school is training spies. 

With some help from her friends, Cammie manages to sneak out of the school on numerous occasions and go on dates with Josh who just gets nicer and nicer. It gives Cammie her first real chance to be an ordinary girl and she falls in love. But she knows the relationship can't last, since it is built on lies, and what happens when it ends is a growing experience for her.

The dialogue is witty and filled with asides about attending a spy school for geniuses. The plot is well done and the characters well-developed and engaging. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to continuing the series.   

Favorite Quote:
"Is there any homework?" she asked, and the class turned instantly from shocked to irritated. (Never ask that question in a room full of girls who are black belts in karate.)
I bought this one for my Kindle. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. ADORE this series. The last one is being worked on now. A little sad, but loevd The Heist Society as well.


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