Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

April 5, 2013

i'd tell you i love you but then i'd have to kill you by ally carter

Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 1st April 2006
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
Pages: 309
Source: Library
Buy: Amazon (UK)(US) The Book Depository

Goodreads Summary: “The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women–a seemingly typical all-girls’ school–is actually a school for spies. Capable of killing a man, sophomore Cammie Morgan soon discovers that her most dangerous mission turns out to be falling in love.”

Sometimes you just want to read a book that won’t make you think incredibly hard, will make you smile and leave you feeling satisfied at the end of it, right? That is exactly what I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You was for me. It was a really nice and a light change from what I had previously been reading. It was great to read a book that was pure fun, instead of a book that made me question everything about my life as I knew it.

I found Cammie to be a completely hilarious main character! I knew right off the bat that she was one of the best spies in her school, but I suspected she wouldn’t have too much experience with things outside school, like talking to boys, and I was right. Her friends Liz and Becca were great too, and I loved reading about the friendship between the three, and how Macey slowly became a part of that group too. Reading about their driving lessons had me cracking up, and I both wished I was a part of them, and was extremely glad that I would never have to drive on the same road as Becca!

The relationship between Josh and Cammie was cringey, funny and brilliant all at once. Going through his rubbish and hacking into his email account was a little over the top, but I can totally see it as being something the Gallagher Girls would think as being the normal thing to do in this kind of situation! I knew Cammie would get caught out with her lies, but I was so glad there wasn’t a huge dramatic fallout that can occur in books. The ending where Josh tried to rescue Cammie was absolutely hysterical too, and the end had me wondering whether the tea he drank was normal, or the memory-altering stuff Cammie’s mum kept for times like that. As a character, however, Josh didn’t leave a great impression on me, but he helped to keep the book entertaining.

But one of my most favourite things in this book was the fact that even though Cammie was a brilliant student, and a great spy, she wasn’t the best at every single thing she did. She struggled with Covert Ops and all its details, and hated the fact that the teacher pushed them so hard. Watching her struggle with school made her so much more normal for me, and it really helped me relate to her. I knew there was a reason Mr Solomon pushed Cammie so hard, although I would have never guessed the reason why.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You was a total departure from anything else I have ever read in the past, which I think helped me to love it even more. It makes a lovely change to read something that was completely fresh, and I couldn’t make a comparison to another book, because I haven’t read anything like it. I’ll definitely be continuing with this series, and I really look forward to picking up the second book!

4 review

Memorable Quotes

“All these years I’d thought being a spy was challenging. Turns out, being a girl is the tricky part.”

“Two days after my dad’s funeral, my mom went on a mission. I never understood it until then–that sometimes a spy doesn’t need a cover so much as she needs a shield.”

12 thoughts on “Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

  1. kit

    I really enjoyed this when I read it – it wasn’t something I would have normally picked up, but I thought it was a lot of fun and Cammie was great as a main character. I liked the focus on the girls’ friendships, and the covert op they went on that ‘went wrong’ was pretty tense!

  2. Sue Bursztynski

    Still haven’t read this series, though we have them in my library. One of our students is reading them and refusing to read anything else till he’s gone through them all!

  3. Rebekah Campbell

    This one has been on my TBR pile forever but it definitely needs to be moved up now. Love a book that can make you laugh and it sounds like a cracker 😀

    Great review, Hollie!

    1. Hollie

      I really want to read the Heist Society books! Her books are definitely a great pick me up, especially after reading something really intense!


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