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I’d Tell You I Love You, But then I’d Have to Kill You – Ally Carter

“I suppose a lot of teenage girls feel invisible sometimes
like they just disappear. Well, that’s just 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.”
Cammie is a sophomore at the special Gallagher Academy for
Exceptional Young Women. This translates to her being a a spy in training… or
in other words, a Gallagher Girl. Nicknamed the Chameleon because of her impeccable
skills at going unnoticed on missions, she’s not shocked when her two friends
are seen but she’s not during a practical operation for her class; or at least
shes not seen by the subject they’re trailing. Once her first and the subject
are out the way though she notices a boy watching her; a boy she cant seem to
stop thinking about; a boy who wants to get to know her. But when you are a spy
in training and the daughter of well known top-class spies, dating isn’t meant
to be on your top priorities and Cammie finds herself bending the truth more
than she would like.

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Ok, I wasn’t expecting much from this one… I thought I’d
like it but I also thought it would be a quick, fluffy light read. HOW WRONG
WAS I?! It was so much more than that and I honestly didn’t want to put it down!
I have always liked spy stuff in movies and on TV, Alias
has to be one of my all time fave TV shows and I even have to admit to watching
Spy Kids… more than once! However I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about
spies… not once, I thought the topic would be a bit flat and not impressive
but man, just mix spies with teenage girls and I’m sold from now on! I’d Tell
You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You was brilliantly funny, actually
realistic, and edge-of-your-seat action packed: I’m so glad there are four in
this series because I want more!!
Cammie was an awesome character. She was strong, and
kick-ass, and more importantly incredibly loyal. I loved that she often put her
friends first, but always kept a level head too… probably due to the spy
training!! I honestly thought the characters in this book were some of the best
developed characters. I loved Macey, even if she was a bit of a bitch, and Liz
and Bex we’re like… My best friends! Lol, Josh I have to admit, needed a
little work but I’m hoping there’s more of him to come in the later books…
and as for Dillon… you can’t have great character development without having
a character that makes readers want to throw punches… man I’d love to meet
him… What a twat!!
The story was a simple but brilliant one. I have to admit
it was a little predictable but I still loved it. It was a really good take on
the Girl meets Boy, Girl lies to Boy, Girl Falls for Boy story… and I have my
fingers crossed that certain things happen in the next book! I really liked
that there were back stories from the main ones, like Cammies Dad and Macey’s
life and stuff like that… It made the book have a lot more depth and gave me
more to sink my teeth into. The action was fun and I cant help but think its
going to get better after where this story left off…
I know I am gushing but seriously, this book has
everything that you need. It has kick-ass strong female characters, decent Male
ones (who show actual feelings!) a hot teacher, (Wink) action, adventure and
romance. I really can’t wait for the next one… which is a shame because I
leant it to the wonderful Steffi as I didn’t think I’d get round to reading the
first one as soon as I did!
I really would recommend this book, especially to younger
teen girls who love contemp. That’s not to say that others won’t enjoy it but I
was a young teen who loved contemp and if I had read this back then it would
have been re-read about a hundred times by now!
I’d Tell you I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You was Ally Carters first venture into YA. It is the first in a (currently) four book series, all
of which are out now. (I believe book five is due next year!)  My copy was published in 2010 by Orchard Books and I have to say a huge thanks to YA book reads
who sent me it as a prize!
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2 Comments

  • Liz. R

    Yess! Really glad you like this book – the series is sooo awesome! I loved this one, yet it’s actually my least favourite of the four out so far! I liked Macey too – and luckily, I was never a huge fan of Josh! Ahh I so want you to read the next books so I can gush with you! 😛 Great review 🙂

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