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Gallagher Girls 1: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1)

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Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is 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 one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks ...more
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published by Orchard Books (first published April 1st 2006)
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Anne I was reading this when I was 10/11. It's fine. It's a good series to start with for your child to slowly start to ease into the YA section. (Which I…moreI was reading this when I was 10/11. It's fine. It's a good series to start with for your child to slowly start to ease into the YA section. (Which I did not "ease into the YA section" and just read whatever I wanted, sometimes not even understanding what was happening.)(less)
Tirzah Eleora I just finished this book, and yeah, I would say it's rather cheesy. It's still a fun and entertaining read if you don't take it too seriously.
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Steph (Reviewer X)
Jun 19, 2008 Steph (Reviewer X) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I picked this book up because of all the media hyper surrounding it—the Disney option and the New York Times bestseller status, not to mention the cute cover and interesting premise. Who hasn’t found themselves imagining what it would be like to be a secret government operative during an especially boring Physics lecture? Behold: the appeal of this book (to me, at least).

With all this in mind, why oh why was I so disappointed upon finishing it?

Because this book was subpar to its media attention.
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Welcome to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, an all-girls school located just outside of Roseville, Virginia. Anyone looking at this elite private boarding school would see just what The Gallagher Academy wants you to see--a preppy school for privileged girls, complete with a guardhouse and stone wall to keep the curious away from their precious charges. And they'd be right, of course, and yet they would be so very, very wrong!

Because The Gall
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Giselle
Yes. I'm a full grown adult. Yes, I thought this was pretty freaking awesome! Don't laugh at me!! *scowls*

These are the kinds of books I turn to when I want something fun and silly; a change of pace. A high-school-drama-filled book that I can read and enjoy without the need to use my brain a whole lot. It doesn't claim to be a deeply significant story that will blow your mind with its complexity. It's a relatively straightforward plot, but with all kinds of shameless fun, plenty of humor, an ado
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Leanna
I am a daydreamer—I think most readers are. As a freshman in high school, I had a recurring fantasy about being a spy. At the time, I was taking Russian classes (back when the Cold War was a recent memory) and spent hours imagining what life would be like if I’d been bred for espionage. What if I were fluent in fourteen languages? What if I could kill a man (or woman) with a ketchup bottle?

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is my teenage fantasy come to life.

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Caryn
I liked this book in the same way that I like the Princess Diaries movies (1 and 2). It's cute. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I giggle when it's witty. And when the lights come up (or I reach the back cover), there's a smile on my face.

Cammie "The Chameleon" goes to a spy school. I mean, how cool is that! Yes, at times, the plot is cringe-worthy (I mean, the basic conflict is the fact that she can't tell the perfect boy that she can throw him to the pavement from six different positions), but
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Sue (YAHollywood)
REREAD: July 2015

Since, I finished Gallagher Girls recently, certain things has been bugging. I simply have to read it. All I can say is I love it so much better now. And I could help but to chuckle darkly at what's about to come for them. Oh my sweet summer children.

Initial reading date: January 20, 2015

Gallagher Girls has been sitting in my kindle for a while and I actually tried reading it before, but I wasn't impressed with the writing.

The funny thing about it, I talk like the protagonist
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Lola
Insta love with the story and characters!

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Ally Carter, you're the best!
Jasprit
2.5 stars

Ally Carter was an author who I came across last year when I picked up her Heist society series. It was a series which was cleverly written, humorous and a lot of fun. After thoroughly enjoying it, I thought I would check out her Gallagher girls series.

I'd tell you that I love you but then I’d have to kill you follows the story of Cammie who was bought up into a family of spies; not much is known about Cammie’s dad other than he lost his life at doing something that he enjoyed and had
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Crystal Alexander
English 425 Submitter’s name: Crystal Alexander
Book Bank Book Bank subject: Romance

Reference information:
Title: I’d Tell you I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: First Hyperion Paperbacks Year: 2006
# of pages: 284 Genre: Romance
Reading level Interest level: 8th or 9th Grade
Potential hot lava: Has some references to violence but, not used as a weapon used as protection


General response/reaction: I love romance novels so I was really exited to read this book. I fi
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Courtney
It is actually really good. Not Twilight good, but it has a good story to it.
Morgan F
Jun 26, 2010 Morgan F rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tween girls who watch the Disney Channel
Okay, I was never expecting much from this book, especially after I saw that it had been optioned for a film by Disney. But I was hoping for some James Bond/Cody Banks/Spy Kids action.

This book is about Cammie Morgan, a student at the elite Gallagher Academy, which is essentially an all-girl school for spies. Cammie is a pretty normal student at Gallagher, besides the fact that her mother is the headmistress, and she has a reputation for being "the Chameleon." Cammie knows fourteen languages and
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Megan
Just realized I never reviewed this one! Well, here it is....

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is fluff. Pure brain candy fluffy fluff. It would be so easy to knock so many aspects of this novel but I won't because there is one thing which I absolutely loved about it ~ the girls in Ally Carter's spy school actually value academics and when the going gets tough, they choose integrity and personal values over boys. Admittedly, if the market was flooded with this type of YA lit
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A(:
Jun 06, 2008 A(: rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any girl!!!
Recommended to A(: by: abbie
This book was really good and I know I am going to read the second one!!! The main character's name is Cammie Morgan and the review says she goes to a "genius" school, which is actually a spy school, called Gallagher Academy. She learns/knows how to speak 14 different languages fluently, and she can kill a man in 7 different ways!!! But, the one thing Gallagher hasn't prepared her for is how to deal with an ordinary boy who thinks you're an ordinary girl that she falls for. Ugh!!!!!!!! I started ...more
Annika
This cute teen novel was a nice start to the Gallagher Girl series. I thought it was cute, funny, and a great novel for ages.

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I really loved how the girls weren't snotty despite their snotty reputation. They were truly strong, independent, caring, girls. I think this is great since young girls may read this, and they usually identify with the main character as their role model. The book was also written in a cute, juvenile way that most pre teens will adore. However, I felt li
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Janette
Darling book. Made me wish I could go to spy school.
Princess Kayla
Love Love Loved this.

Cammie Morgan is your average girl except for one fact; she goes to an all exclusive boarding school for spies in training. I loved this book. If you want a light fluffy read this is your book. Beware there is a lot of mooning over boys (that’s basically what this whole book is about) but it’s done in a cute way and by the time it gets annoying action begins. Cammie and her friends have to learn how to break out of their little protective bubble Gallagher Academy has given
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Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Having skimmed a sample of this many years ago (and not being really into the US covers; i'm really happy that my kindle copy downloaded with the UK covers. I wonder if this is a Europe thing?), this series didn't really appeal to me even though I knew a lot of people who were absolutely extatic when the final book released 3 years ago. Well, none of them were as persistent on pushing this on me as Eri because let me tell you this book series is her legacy through and through and I'm so glad she ...more
Mimi Valentine
Re-reading this series. Devouring this series. Still love love LOVING this series! I think I will continue to be a Gallagher Girl for life -- even if I may be going off to university next year. So sue me.

Josh is honestly the SWEETEST boy in the entire world. *swoons* :')

(Original review at Mimi Valentine's YA Review Blog)
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Brigid
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You Review by Ally Carter


Why did I like this book? What the fuck did I just read. Why was it so good? I understand shit right now.


This book was so good that I was incomprehensibly diagnosed with the stupid. It makes no sense. I thought the main character was immature, rash, and I really disliked the fact that she put her crush ahead of her friends. Yet, I liked it. I thought the spy school society was innacurate and would never happen in rea
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Nicola
I think that overall, this may be more like 3.5 stars but it kept me amused and made me laugh several times so I'll give it 4 stars for that! I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is a fun and light book about a school for female spies. I love the idea behind the book and was really excited to get started on it.

This book is full of strong, independent girls who can look after themselves. Not really something you see all too often in young adult literature, sadly! That's certainl
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Bry
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Women, she is also daughter of the head mistress, and known as The Chameleon for her tailing abilities. She is extremely intelligent, and seems to be very sentimental and loyal. Sadly all of these smarts completely disappear in the presence of a male. When a boy catches her getting a bottle out of a trash can (she needed it for proof of a mission accomplished) she starts rambling about a non-existent cat who loves to play with b ...more
Katy McCracken
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
The only other Ally Carter book I've read is her newest, All Fall Down, besides a short story in that holiday anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. I've liked them all, but this one was probably my least favorite so far.

It was cute. The narrator did a fab job. But I saw it all coming from a mile away. I don't think I'll continue with this series, but I do think I'll pick up Heist Society, which I've been told I'll probably enjoy more. I've also heard that it's great on audio, my preferred metho
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Chelsey
This book was a very slow book. I was half way through the book and was stuck wondering when it was ever going to get to the point. I was too bored with this book, so therefore it was taking me too long to read it, so I moved on.
Other people may like this book even though I did not enjoy it as much.
It is about a girl named Cammie who goes to an all girls school. But this school is not just some ordinary school, it is where they teach you how to break government codes. It is a school that is pre
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Rebecca T
This is one of those books that has sat on my TBR for practically years until I found it at a secondhand sale while travelling in London and I just had to get it. I can finally say I’ve read it. Not only that, but LOVED it.

Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan goes to the Gallagher Academy. A boarding school for rich daddy’s girls to the world, in reality it’s a top secret school for spies-in-training. There’s no worrying about simple math and physics. Oh no, these girls go through Covert Operations, an
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Sonia
3.5

I love spy movies. So, when I knew this book was about a spy school for girls, my logic told me that I have to read it. The blurb is so intriguing and cool. And when I saw it was available in Netgalley, I went for it immediately. Actually, it was the first book that I requested. So, why did I wait so long to read it? It is mainly due to the writing. It is obviously for younger teens. For this reason, I find it hard to relate to the protagonist. And as it nearly comes to the end of the duratio
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
*reviewed by Sophie*

True confession: I love spies. In college, while my fellow Poli. Sci. students were reading Marx, I was reading Ian Fleming. True story. So imagine my delight when I realized that Ally Carter wrote a series based on an exclusive spy school for girls?

Oh, the things I love about this first story. Well, there’s the fact that our protagonist’s dad is missing. And her mother is the headmistress. And then there’s the small matter of the boy who captures Cam’s attention. A townie na
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Bailey
You know what? This was unexpectedly awesome. Unexpected because let's be honest...

Teenage girl + secret spy school + crush on a regular boy = a Disney Channel Hilary Duff movie.

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I was convinced going into this that I would, at most, rate this 3 stars. (don't look at me like that, you know you judge before you read too) But, thanks to some clever scenes, cliché but likeable characters, a writer with a witty voice, and a hot teacher, this was able to rise above and earn itself 4 stars. Oh, and a
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Negar
از نظر کتابی و نثری عالی و اینا نبودش خب.
خیییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییلی خندیدم. خیلی خیلی خیلی خندیدم :) هر سه تا ستاره ش به خاطر اینه که خیلی خوش گذشت :))

+ جداً امیدوار بودم همونجا بعد از اینکه آقای سولومون بیاد ماجرای جاش-کمی تموم بشه :| خیلی بد بود آخرش :| :|:|:|
Lauren Stoolfire
Actual rating 3.5

Cammie is a sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which is basically a very elite spy school. She is a legacy student and expected to follow in her parents footsteps in the family business. She is also one of the best chameleons in the school - meaning that she can blend in almost anywhere and only be noticed if she wants to be noticed. So it comes as a surprise to her when on a mission in the nearby town when she is noticed by a boy, and a good looking
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Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

ALL FALL DOWN is the first book in her highly-anticipated new series, Embassy Row. She grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, and has never caused an international incident (t
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Other Books in the Series

Gallagher Girls (6 books)
  • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
  • Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3)
  • Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)
  • Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)
  • United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)
Heist Society (Heist Society, #1) Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2) Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3) Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4) Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)

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“I suppose a lot of teenage girls feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear. Well, that's me—Cammie the Chameleon. But I'm luckier than most because, at my school, that's considered cool.

I go to a school for spies.”
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“I think it's kinda nice.' And I did. my mom isn't famous for her pies. No, she's famous for defusing a nuclear device in Brussels with only a pair of cuticle scissors and a ponytail holder. Somehow, at the moment, pies seemed cooler.” 435 likes
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