I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I’m on a boarding school role here. I had a great past three days of reading a lot and quickly and getting two absolutely delightful YA books polished off. I’ll attribut it in part to teh awesomeness of the books, but it’s also because I’ve been watching teh Olympics and it’s easy to read at the same time. So, the first book was this great boarding school book. Why so great? Because it’s not just boarding school…it’s SPY BOARDING SCHOOL! And, because no one is content to just write a book today, instead it always has to be a series, this is merely the first in what will be the Gallagher Girls series.  But I won’t be bitter about that because I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

15 year old Cammie is the daughter of spies.  Her father was killed on a mission, so it’s just Cammie and her mom now.  Plus 100 other girls who attend the super elite, super secret, spy training school her mother runs.  Everyone who attends is a genius, they all speak 14 languages, and they take being a spy quite seriously.  There are gons of gadgets and secret doorways and it’s all very funny and delightful.  The slight plot is that Cammie falls for a town boy (the townspeople are meant to believe it’s a boarding school for filthy rich delinquent girls) and sneaks out to meet him, but has to be undercover.  Although that storyline was enjoyable, it really was all the spy details as the girls take their first covert operations class, the relationship with her mom, and of course (as in all boarding school books) the friendships and sisterhood she shares with her classmates, that make this such a good book.

12 thoughts on “I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

  1. My thing is not boarding school books, it is spy books! Here is a list of all of the FABULOUS spy books I’ve read!

    Shannon Greenland’s The Specialists Series (4 books so far)
    1. Model Spy
    2. Down to the Wire
    3. The Winning Element
    4. Native Tongue

    Then, Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad series (2 books)
    1. Perfect Cover
    2. Killer Spirit

    Such creative names, I know!
    Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl Series (2 books – 3rd coming out June 2009)
    1. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
    2. Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy
    3. Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover

    These are ALL really good books. Go to http://www.priscillasena.com for more info on I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You!
    It was for a school book project in 2007.
    Enjoy!!!!! Oh, and I heard that the Alex Rider Series is supposed to be good, too. 😉

  2. Oh, and the funny thing is that Ally Carter and Jennifer Lynn Barnes are friends! And they BOTH write spy books. HAHAHA. See, I think that is pretty funny. Alright – I gotta go now. Sorry for this really long post.

  3. Priscilla thanks for your list! I’ll be sure to check out some of the others. The Alex Rider series is indeed great (and one of them is set in a rather deadly boarding school).

  4. Hey Ally Carter
    I really think you ought to think about getting your Gallahager Spy Girl series made into a movie. It would, if anything like the books, be WICKED awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. OMG this book was s0o0o good and so was the 2nd one!!! i cant wait till the 3rd one comes out!!! i personally like zach more than josh but i still like josh!!! ohh and those who dont know who zach is you will find out in the 2nd one!!! SERIOUSLY YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK……YOU WILL GET SOO HOOKED ON THEM!!!!

  6. Omg i just read the first one and it was freaking awesome. Josh is freaking sexy as hell man. ^^. I so wanna read the second one. OHHHHH AND NOW IM HEARING ABOUT THIS NEW KID zach?????? this is gonna be good ^^

  7. I love this series! i read it 3 times and i think it should be a movie. And yes Josh and Zach are both sexy but i have to go with Zach! 🙂

  8. Ok so everyone… good for you for reading this… i hope you did! It is amazing and i love the author. The series that I listed above have now been expanded and Ally also started a new series… the first book is called Heist Society but i STILL haven’t read it! She is really becoming famous now – i was reading her books and blog since the beginning and i am so proud – even though i haven’t met her yet 🙂 Anyway, I am waiting for her to come to Boston so i can drive out there for a book signing or something. I am a major fan. And yes, i always thought it should be a movie – and many of her books were optiones for a movie, too! They have to, i guess, wait until the right time.

  9. I love this book and the series!!! Now I can’t wait for the fourth book to come out,” Only The Good Spy Young” it comes out July 26th and the audio book on July 6th!!!! Can’t wait my mom pre-ordered it for me!! YAY!!

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