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

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  150,421 Ratings  ·  6,354 Reviews
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 25th 2006)
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Lola  Reviewer

Yesterday, I was in a book slump. I hadn’t been in a book slump for years. To cure myself, I decided to reread a favourite series of mine—The Gallagher Girls.

The key to loving this series is to not take it too seriously. It’s a series that explores the idea of being a teenage spy going to a boarding school that teaches spies how to neutralize an enemy, dozen of foreign languages, to unravel a bomb and other kickass things necessary for teenage spies to know.

It’s up to the readers to decide if t
Steph (Reviewer X)
Jun 19, 2008 Steph (Reviewer X) rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Aug 11, 2016 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Sep 04, 2007 Leanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
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
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
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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“The time for crying with your girlfriends about a broken heart is over chocolate ice creamand chick flicks—not stun guns and bulletproof vests.”


You know those books that are quirky, a little simple, maybe even childish, but you just can't help falling in love with? Well ladies and gentlemen, this is one of those books. I adored it! I admit, I was a bit skeptical over the cheesy title and cliché synopsis, but I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You was clever, cute,
Morgan F
Jun 26, 2010 Morgan F rated it liked it  ·  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
Jun 19, 2010 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
It is actually really good. Not Twilight good, but it has a good story to it.
Crystal Alexander
Apr 28, 2008 Crystal Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Tam, kde se Mission Impossible potkává s Barbie a Školou pro princezny.

Přestože o tom v knize nepadlo ani slůvko, podezírám školu Gi Ga, že má růžové zdi a krajkové ubrusy na stolech. O načechraných peřinkách nepochybuji. Ta škola bude místem, kde hlasitým prdem porušíte řád. Fakt tomu věřím. Smrdělo to kudrlinkama, pudlíkama a Hříšným tancem (ten myslím naprosto vážně). Ale špionážní machřinou ani náhodou.

Bandu naštvaných coolovních h
Bark's Book Nonsense
Was a free audiobook download via SYNC .

I tried but I am just not in the mood to listen to this narrator. Her "teen" voice sounds childish and forced and more like a tween and it is grating on every single one of my frayed nerves.

I may get back to this some day when I'm less grouchy. But probably not.

The book may be fab, nothing against the book, but I just can't do it right now.

Jun 18, 2016 Linnea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was younger I loved "Totally Spies" and "Spy kids". Having these shows combined with a teenage girl going to boarding school? Pretty awesome.
Oct 12, 2016 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-nine-weeks
I'd Tell You But Then I'd Have To Kill You is a fascinating action and suspenseful novel told from a diary perspective of a young girl named Cameron Morgan.
She attends a prestigious and snobby private school for rich girls called The Ghallager Academy. Or so we think...... Cameron (who prefers to be called Cammie) is actually a teenage "spy in training" with the weight of a spy family legacy pressing down on her shoulders. Though now matter how trained and gifted she may be, there is one thin
Cait (Paper Fury)
Idea of spies? Awesome. Idea of a forbidden romance? Not so much. In the end, the idea of spies won out and I read the book that I'd been staring at on the library shelf for a while. Verdict? I am so glad I did.

Those Gallagher Girls are cool. They're all geniuses. They're all trained in fighting defense. They have a screen program which tells them what languages they're allowed to speak during lunchtimes. And yet, they can do stupid things, too. I loved that.

The characters were really strong. W
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.

More into detail....

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
Rebecca T
Mar 04, 2015 Rebecca T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reread, 115-in-2015
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
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
Rivka Ray
See this review and more at 26 Countless Possibilities

I had been wanting a change from my normal high action, fantasy or dystopian reads. This was a great book for that. It was a change of pace, and I was in the mood for that.

The Plot
While I am not one for romance, and most of the plot revolved around the romance, it did not bother me too much. That’s not to say I wish something other than a relationship drove the plot, it was cute enough. There were many unrealistic elements, but then again, th
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
Jul 22, 2014 Brigid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2015 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, read-marathon, 2015
"Se disser que te amo vou ter de te matar" é um livro introdutório e que para mim foi o pior da série. Aqui conhecemos a Cammie, uma espiã adolescente que estuda numa escola secreta de espionagem. Até aqui tudo muito normal, o livro relata o dia a dia da Cammie e das melhores amigas, das aulas e missões que têm de completar e das primeira paixonetas desta idade e de como é difícil namorar com alguém que seja normal. O livro tem um tom cómico e eu gostei imenso da escrita da autora e das personag ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

There wasn’t anything awful about this story; it just bored the pants off me. I didn’t care about the characters, I didn’t care about their school, and I really didn’t care about their love lives. The whole thing just came across as aimed at younger readers, and didn’t interest me at all. I really didn’t want to keep reading, and the whole thing just became painful. I’m sorry but I really don’t want to read any more books in this series.
Overall; aimed at young
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)
Aug 11, 2008 Janette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darling book. Made me wish I could go to spy school.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This was cute, definitely felt more MG than YA though but still a super cute read.
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
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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.”
“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.” 440 likes
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