Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review- I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You

Cammie Morgan is a special girl. She is a genius, speaks 14 languages and is training to be a spy.Although she is about to undertake her most difficult covert ops assignment, pretending to be a normal teenager.

The book I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, is the first book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. The main character, Cameron (AKA Cammie) is a 15-year-old girl attending the private Gallagher Academy For Exceptional Young Women, which most of the students just call spy school. Starting in 7th grade, brilliant girls are invited to come live at the academy, learn to speak different languages, attend classes in different cultures, math, science, oh and covert operations.

Although Cammie knows several different forms of martial arts, takes classes in countries of the world, cultures and assimilation, she has trouble pretending to be the one thing that should come naturally. A normal teenage girl. On Cammie's very first covert op, she is 'made' by a local boy named Josh. Cammie quickly discovers that being 'normal' is a lot more difficult when you have to completely make up your entire life history.

I really liked this book. Part of that is probably because I secretly wished I was a spy most of my teenage years but, I think a lot of it that this book is just a witty, fun read. I found myself laughing out loud a few times, sometimes because what the characters were doing was ridiculous (like going through the garbage at a boy's house to learn more about him) and sometimes because it was honestly just funny.

This is completely a fun leisure read. It isn't going to change your life, but it probably will make you laugh. If you are looking for the type of spy novel where what the characters do have great importance to national security, pick a different book. This one, (I am not sure about later books in the series), pretty much focuses on super genius teenage girls, trying to be normal for the first time. It is a quick read, I finished it in one sitting, and I will be looking for the next book in the series. I didn't love it, but I liked it... a lot.

(I review books, simply because I like to read, not because anyone, anywhere has asked me to.)


Lu said...

The later books are pretty much the same... fun, cute, but not life-changing :)

Monica Fox said...

Do you have a list of your reads for 2011? Or is it just whatever strikes a nerve?

BTW, I tried to start "The Screwtape Letters." Is it just me, or was it a bit tough to get into?