Title: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Book 1 in The Gallagher Girls)
Author: Ally Carter
Release Date: April 1, 2006
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it’s a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn’t have a code name?
Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for 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, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she’s doing something riskier than ever—she’s falling in love.
Rereading this series for the fifth book was great. I was reminded all over again why I enjoy this series so much. It’s not just because of the kick-butt heroine, who is stumped over a little crush. It’s not just because of her two best friends and the third that joins them and their hilarious (mis)adventures. Both of those are valid reasons. However, it’s also because it’s the story of a girl trying to figure out who she is, and this book is just the first part of her doing just that. Every detail in a spy’s life is important, and the fact that each adventure strips away a little more of the innocence is heart-breaking. However, it also makes for a really fun story, with quips, friends, laughter, and even a little romance.
I think the reason I liked this book so much, as compared to the rest of the books, is because Cammie is so innocent. All of the sophomores are. And even though this semester isn’t even the most trying one of their young lives, it is definitely an eye-opener, for some. Bex and Liz, with their schemes to get Cammie to see Josh, learned a lot about spying, but also a lot about getting caught. Macey discovered a whole world that she can use to her advantage, adding to her cover. I loved how even though you’re just being introduced to the characters in this book, you know there’s a whole lot more to come!
And I can’t end this without mentioning Josh! Even though I never thought that he was the right guy for Cammie (don’t get me wrong, I liked him and all, but he just wasn’tThe Onefor her), it was still enjoyable to get to know him and see Cammie’s first relationship grow. He was a true gentleman, a knight in gleaming, polished armor. It’s just a shame that Cammie isn’t really a damsel in distress.
Ally Carter is an author I’d definitely recommend!! I’ll review the rest of her books (since I’ve already reread them all) right after this!