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Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You

Book Review: I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You

Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: 1st April 2006
Goodreads Summary: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, 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 for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea 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, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she manoeuvre a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You

I think I’ve been subconsciously hyping this book up in my head for years so when I finally got round to reading it, I was a little disappointed. It took me quite a while to get into I’d Tell You I Love You and I read it awfully slowly, but in the end it was worth it.ย 

Cammie isn’t your typical 15 year old girl. She’s grown up in an all girls boarding school, that her mother just so happens to be the headmistress of, and she doesn’t really get much time to experience life outside of the school grounds unless if she’s visiting her Dad’s family on their ranch. That’s not the only thing slightly odd about her upbringing, Gallagher Academy isn’t just any boarding school, it’s a school for spies (though, of course, nobody will admit it).

All the girls who attend Gallagher Academy have extraordinary IQs, can speak multiple languages and probably know a hundred or so different methods to kill a man but none of them know how to talk to boys. In fact, most of them probably haven’t ever interacted with boys. One day whilst on an outing as part of her Cove Ops class, she bumps into a boy, Josh, who really shouldn’t have seen her at all given that she was undercover, and suddenly Cammie’s life is way more interesting than it ever was before.

Cammie starts using her spy skills to sneak out to see this boy doing normal every day things like going to the cinema, that are just so alien to Cammie and her school mates. This is a whole new learning experience for Cammie and her friends who really don’t know anything about how to be normal, but they’ve got to make sure she doesn’t get caught…

As Cammie has been brought up as a spy in training she’s incredibly intelligent but doesn’t have a clue about boys which just goes to show that no matter how old you are or how clever you are, girls are never going to figure out how the mind of the opposite sex works. Weirdly enough, I think that Cammie and I are fairly similar and I think that’s why I loved this book.

In case you’re now thinking that I, too, am a spy a training, don’t be silly. I do; however, go to an all girls schools, full of incredibly intelligent students who know lots about everything, apart from boys. This book is written from Cammie’s perspective so you see everything first hand and it’s rather funny reading all the thoughts that go through Cammie’s brain.

I didn’t find Cammie’s relationship with Josh all that interesting because I don’t think we got enough details about his character. I enjoyed this book because of Cammie herself, not because of the storyline. If you’re looking for a really good teen romance, then this wouldn’t be my first choice, but the love aspect of this novel certainly brings hilarity to this story.

I’d say this book was more of  a coming-of-age (or coming-of-normal) book rather than a teen romance but maybe we’ll see more of Cammie and Josh’s relationship in the subsequent books. I’m not sure that all that happened in this book in terms of plot and to be honest I don’t think the story-line was that strong, but with Cammie’s character, it was enough to carry me through to the end so it wasn’t all that bad.

All in all, I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You was a really good book, but it wasn’t as great as I imagined it would be. It’ll probably appeal to people in their mid teens as the main character is 15 years old and seems to be having a typical 15 year old crisis.

This book made me laugh out loud at some points and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with Cammie’s character. I actually found a lot of the advice given in this book or reading about the situations Cammie found herself in to be really helpful. It’s full of relatable incidences that most people will enjoy reading about. Although the first book was good, I am wondering what the heck Ally Carter could’ve possibly filled another four books with. I guess I’ll have to read them to find out, but I hope this series doesn’t fizzle out like so many other YA series I’ve read!

Anyone read the rest of the series? Worth reading or not?

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  1. Samantha Stewart
    24th February 2013 / 2:41 PM

    I really hope that we'll get to see more of Cammie and Josh in the rest of the series! Cammie was definitely a brilliant character. I also found myself wondering what she could have written to get another 4 books! But I guess I'll find out when I read them ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great review!

    • Laura Hartley
      25th January 2014 / 2:58 PM

      This series got soo much better as time went on and Cammie really matured. I hope you've read the rest of the series and enjoyed it!

  2. Ramakant Pradhan
    27th February 2013 / 3:44 PM

    Seems like the plot of movie.

    • Laura Hartley
      25th January 2014 / 2:58 PM

      Although the first book was very 'teenage girl', the subsequent novels were actually really good!

  3. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    1st June 2013 / 3:23 AM

    The title is great but sorry you were disappointed with the book. I would've tried it based on the title alone!

    • Laura Hartley
      25th January 2014 / 2:58 PM

      The next 5 books went from strength to strength so I'm glad I gave this series a chance!

  4. Shamara Catama
    25th January 2014 / 2:40 PM

    I really enjoyed this book when I read it. Might be because I was a bit younger so I understand why you weren't as amazed by it. But I really do find it to be a light easy read

    • Laura Hartley
      25th January 2014 / 2:59 PM

      I definitely think the first book is the sort of thing that is aimed at younger teens, but by the time you get to book 6, the plot seems to be for much more mature teens. I guess that progression was for those that grew up with these books whereas I read them all in one chunk. Anyways, I ended up loving this series in the end!

  5. 3rd July 2016 / 5:15 PM

    I quite enjoy reading young adult books and I think I would probably give this one a go. I also think my daughter would love this book as she loves books that are quite the same x

  6. 3rd July 2016 / 5:32 PM

    This sounds like a great book for teens, I might even read it myself, I do enjoy some YA books ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Natasha Mairs
    3rd July 2016 / 6:00 PM

    I do like some young adult books, but this sounds a bit too young for me. I think I would have liked it when I was in my teens though

  8. fashion-mommy
    3rd July 2016 / 7:37 PM

    It’s a shame when a book you look forward to disappoints. I think this would be too young for me to be honest.

  9. 3rd July 2016 / 11:18 PM

    It’s a shame that it took you a while to get into this but the premise seems really interesting x

  10. Laura
    3rd July 2016 / 11:45 PM

    It annoys me when it takes a while to get into a book because I tend to lose interest very quickly. xxx

  11. Karla
    4th July 2016 / 6:57 AM

    I think most of us struggle to feel normal. But, there is one possible plot flaw that kept bothering me as I read your review. I would think part of a spy’s training would be learning to smoothly relate to other people (to get information, etc. You know what I mean?). It seems they should have a class on learning what the opposite sex is thinking. That’s a class all of us non-spies could benefit from too!

  12. 4th July 2016 / 7:43 AM

    Good book review, but what Laura said I would probably not read on if it takes to long to get really into it! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Beautyqueenuk
    4th July 2016 / 11:33 AM

    A book has a few chapters to grab me before I am bored of it, so this would probably not hold my attention, though I do love the title x

  14. Hannah Heartss โ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ
    4th July 2016 / 1:16 PM

    Not sure if I would enough this but I will definitely have to check it out x

  15. 4th July 2016 / 1:38 PM

    The way the author write a book is so important. Very nice review.

  16. 4th July 2016 / 1:44 PM

    This doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea, although I went to an all-girls school too so I can definitely relate there! Looking back I’m glad – boys are horrible at that age haha!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  17. 4th July 2016 / 2:02 PM

    Imagine being fluent in 14 different languages!!!! This book definitely sounds up my street, not for everyone but this one is for me!

  18. Denni Engelen
    4th July 2016 / 3:22 PM

    I really want to read this book ๐Ÿ™‚ and your review made me want it even more. Sometimes a book needs a whole chapter to captivate you and I don’t find that a turn off

  19. Vladvaida.com
    4th July 2016 / 4:00 PM

    Judging by the tittle the book seems tad bizarre, in an artistic yet horror way. However, the action of the book seems interesting and I think it’s worth reading! Great review!

  20. Ivan Jose
    4th July 2016 / 4:32 PM

    The book is obviously dark and suspenseful. Your review is very extensive.

  21. 4th July 2016 / 4:45 PM

    I read this is a while back and I quite enjoyed it, not my favourite YA read but its a good mid ranking book. I haven’t read the rest in the series yet.

  22. Linda Hobbis
    4th July 2016 / 7:45 PM

    The title comes from a phrase spies typically use so it’s a pun on that. It’s not an author I’d heard of and it sounds as if it’s aimed at a younger audience than me.

  23. 4th July 2016 / 8:07 PM

    I’m really out of the loop when it comes to books. I used to read constantly but just don’t find the time to do so now!

  24. Jessica Dearnley
    4th July 2016 / 9:17 PM

    This book sounds really interesting. I really need to read more!

  25. Jessica
    5th July 2016 / 1:01 AM

    I do love this book but yeah, not be considered as one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Mai C.
    5th July 2016 / 3:04 AM

    This is the first time I’ve read this book and it’s always fun to read stories like this. I think the story is interesting and exciting and I’d love to read more.

  27. 5th July 2016 / 6:52 AM

    Great review! I haven’t heard of this book but your review makes it sound like I should be reading it.

  28. Lizelle Cruz
    5th July 2016 / 9:46 AM

    I really love young adult novels and I would give this a try!! It interests me!

  29. 5th July 2016 / 10:36 AM

    This sounds like a good read. I like the cover too!

  30. Subhadrika Sen
    5th July 2016 / 11:34 AM

    Wow, the name of the book in the first go is kind of . . . .interesting. but it only gets better when you start reading it. I liked your review . As for when you say that at times character sketches are not that detailed I think that is where the beauty of imagination while reading a book comes in which is almost absent while watching a movie.

  31. Kira L Curtis
    5th July 2016 / 9:27 PM

    I’ve seen this book around but never actually picked it up! It sounds interesting but I feel like it’s a little too young for me now. Maybe about 5 years ago I would’ve really enjoyed it but not so sure now

  32. Lily Travella
    5th July 2016 / 10:31 PM

    The title definitely caught my eye and made me want to read it. I’m not a big reader but this looks like my kind of thing.

  33. cewtypye
    5th July 2016 / 11:36 PM

    I would love to enjoy this book on my travels!

  34. 6th July 2016 / 3:25 PM

    I instantly liked that interesting title and the description. I’m buying it! Thanks for the recommendation

  35. Rose Sahetapy
    6th July 2016 / 9:24 PM

    You’re making me curious about the character of Cammie. The book, I’m sure, is a book the teen would enjoy to read it.

  36. Fatima Ali
    7th July 2016 / 2:04 AM

    I used to read lots of books before but don’t get much time now. This one does sound interesting especially the character of Cammie.

  37. So far so Sabine
    7th July 2016 / 8:25 AM

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’m not much of a book reader, I like blogs a lot. Great review!

  38. 14th July 2016 / 7:49 PM

    Snap what kind of title is that! Very interesting thats what lol


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