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

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The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school fo...more
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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....more
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...more
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...more
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.

Ca...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Kaia
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls) How to Make an All-Girls Spy School Offensive but Otherwise Banal:

Step 1: Include loads and loads of stereotypes: The "plain-looking" heroine from some form of broken family who immediately attracts the notice of a super-hot boy; the geeky girl with a photographic memory who still takes notes, never cares about her appearance, and is incapable of being anything but clumsy and unatheletic despite her years of elite training;...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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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...more
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...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Okay . . . I really think this book would have been better off if it had been aimed at an older YA audience (probably ages 15-17 instead of ages 10-13). I really expected to love this book, but instead I found it a chore to finish. I expected something along the lines of Gail Carson Levine's writing in The Wish, but I didn't find that. I guess I should just chalk it up to, "It wasn't my kind of book."

(Also, this is the kind of book where a movie version would probably work better.)
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)
Janette
Darling book. Made me wish I could go to spy school.
Aik Chien 인첸
It took me quite some time to finish this book. I didn't exactly enjoyed it as much as I though I would, partially because it isn't so exciting after all. The concept was brilliant, but the story was a little lackluster. I understand that the writing style shown is the author's personal way to communicate with teenagers, but I've always prefer books with a real depth within. This book falls into the same category with Artemis Fowl - books with interesting premises but not much excellent qualitie...more
Trish
Apparently, this is the most popular book at my daughter's middle school. She said that it was one of the top ten on the school library's website at the beginning of the year and she was in line for a long time and she finally got it last week. She is now in line for the second book which she really wants to read. She asked me if I badly wanted to read the second book, too, after I finished the first, but my response was less than what she expected. I can wait.

Aside from the gigantic holes in th...more
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...more
Tuckerm
Apr 27, 2008 Tuckerm rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls and curious boys
Recommended to Tuckerm by: A girl
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You, is a great book that is not only for girls. In this novel, the main character Cammie Morgan is a normal young lady. But there is one little thing that is weird about her, she goes to all-girl spy school called The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. The reason why I said that this school was a spy school was because they teach fifteen different languages, the latest in chemical warfare, how to brake CIA codes, and advanced martia...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
The first Gallagher Girls book was very quick and easy read. It's not complex and it's easy to follow, but the basis of a spy-school for girls is an interesting one. I liked all of the characters that were introduced and Cammie is a promising protagonist - It's nice to see girls being shown as strong characters in the YA genre. The romance between Cammie and Josh was sweet enough without being over the top. The book could be stepped up a level, but it's definitely good as an easy read and I don'...more
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...more
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...more
Helen Stower
This book is a great read for Middle School girls. The protagonist, Cammie Morgan, attends the Gallagher Academy - a training school for girl spies & her Mum is the principal! The Gallagher Acadamy, as a spy training centee, must remain secretive about it's purpose. For that reason, people in the town where it is located, think it is an exclusive & "snobby" boarding school for rich girls.

In the midst of a training expedition in town, Cammie meets a local boy called Josh. He is an absolut...more
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Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She'd tell you more, but...well...you know.....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.”
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