Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review - I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

I'm one of those spur of the moment kind of readers that picks up a book just to see what all the commotion and fuss is about. So, when I saw that my local library branch had a copy of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try. I mean, what's another book to read on top of the mountain of books I already have, Am I right? 

Book # 1 follows the exploits of 15 year old Cameron "Cammie" Morgan who is a Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women legacy sophomore. Her own mother Rachel is headmistress at the school as well as a retired CIA operative and we're told that her father was also some sort of operative who went on a mission but never returned. I will say that I found Cammie's voice to be a lot of fun as well as unique. She's pretty serious about her studies and has a genius IQ, but, when it comes to maters of the heart, she is as innocent and clueless as they come which makes for a very interesting storyline when you throw in her genius friends trying to give her dating advice. 

I should mention that Cammie's friends are as important to the overall telling of this story as Cammie herself is. There's Rebecca "Bex" Baxter, Elizabeth "Liz" Sutton and Macey McHenry who goes from being a very annoying character when first introduced, to part of Cammie's besties and confidantes. I would also be remiss in saying that I'm very pleased that Rachel Morgan, Cammie's mom, actually is there for her, and not one of those MIA parents that are profoundly apparent in YA Novels today.

Let's not leave out the gents shall we? The two that stand out immediately are Josh and Joe Solomon. Josh becomes someone Cammie tries hard to like while keeping her spy school undercover while also trying to pass her Cover Ops class final. Solomon is an interesting character as well since has an extensive background in Covert Ops and I'm wondering just how far Carter is willing to push him and Cammie's mother into a relationship. Guess we shall see since the series is six books long.

There are times that you need a book that is silly, idiotic, fun, a bit serious at times, and one that you don't find yourself dwelling over situations, characters, or love triangles. This is that book for me. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is the next book in this series, and one that I have already requested from my library and hope to pick up soon. You may even find it on this weeks STS feature!

Re Printed April 1, 2007 by Disney Hyperion
Author - Ally Carter
Title - I'd Tell You I'd Love You....
Publisher - Disney Hyperion
Released April 1, 2007
Genre - Young Adult
Borrowed from Local Library


  1. Wow this sounds awesome. I will have to check it out for me and my teenage girls. Thanks for posting. Great review.

  2. I have the first book in her other series, but I haven't read it yet. I'm hoping to get to it really soon though! I need something light and fluffy after I finish the book that I'm reading!