I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill YouAlly Carter
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YA | Series Book 1
FIRST LINE :: I suppose a lot of teenager 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.
SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women lives up to its name. Not only does this exclusive boarding school teach advanced language skills and correct deportment; its students also master the arts of tapping phones, hacking into computers, and spying in public places. At school, second-generation Gallagher Girl Cammie Morgan has impeccable credentials: She is fluent in 14 languages and able to kill an assailant in seven different ways. But recently life has dealt Cammie a card that she never anticipated: She has fallen in love with an ordinary boy who knows nothing about her exotic double life. A truly covert romance.REVIEW ::
If it had not been for our weekly book discussions, I might have finished this ages ago. Instead I forced myself to put the book down after reading the allotted 4 chapters and waited (im)patiently for next week to come already. Discussion was a pretty fun time - thanks for all who joined in!
Cammie Morgan has "spy" in her blood, but having parents who are spies is not a guarantee that she has a future in espionage. That is why she attends the Gallagher Academy, an all-girls private school whose sole mission is to train spies. To the outside world, the girls are thought to be rich, snooty, and most likely airhead ditzes. Little does the world know that these ladies are learning how to save it from mass destruction.
from page 54 :: "Exactamente!" she cried, leaning closer. "Anything in these books could be out there!" she said, as if we were dropping into an actual war zone and not our own backyard. "Or it could be something" - she looked around and then leaned closer - "not in the books!"This year Cammie and her classmates get their first real taste in espionage when the new Covert Ops professor takes them out on a surveillance mission during the town carnival. Cammie lives up to her nickname "Chameleon" as she trails the target, but she gets thrown in a loop when a boy notices her.
And, unfortunately for her, the Academy has yet to teach the girls what a spy does with boys, especially when they are particularly cute and might possibly like you!
from page 86 :: Pros and cons of being a girl-genius-slash-spy-in-training-slash-girlfriend of cutest-slash-nicest-slash-sweetest boy in the world:So Cammie embarks on the greatest mission ever: To infiltrate the "normal" world and figure out how to be a "normal" girlfriend while keeping her true identity secret.
PRO: ability to tell the boy how you feel in any fourteen different languages.
CON: boy cannot understand any of the languages (well, except English, of course, but even then he speaks with the highly specialized and often untranslatable "boy" dialect).
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You was a pretty fun read with not as much intensity as James Bond and Indiana Jones, but it definitely has its girlish charms! I think sometimes the spy stuff was laid on a little thick, but some of the spy gear and how the girls overreacted to the "normal" world was pretty entertaining! When you first get used to the Academy, it reminded me a lot of Hogwarts without the magic and ghosts - but perhaps a lot more secret passageways.
The ending seemed to rush as the excitement and suspense all rolled into each other as the Gallagher Girls embarked on their CoveOps finals and Cammie decides if Josh should know that she is actually not a "normal" home-schooled, cat-loving girl who likes to pass notes via a loose brick on the wall.
I really liked how the girls would apply their spy skills to scouting Josh out and figuring out if he liked Cammie. It was pretty amusing to see them try to decipher "boy talk," and certainly any girl can relate to that, spy or not.
DISCLAIMER :: BOUGHT
RELEASED APRIL 2006 BY DISNEY-HYPERION
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY, DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER, ONLY THE GOOD SPY YOUNG, OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF TIME