Friday, March 30, 2012

"I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you" book review


"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 maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?"

Several times after coming  home from the library I've found myself holding a book or two that I picked up off of the shelves on a whim because I was really bored. Well, that's pretty much what happened when i picked up Ally Carter's "I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you" yesterday at the library.
On a scale of one to five I'd give the book a three. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't too bad, it definitely wasn't torture to read the book. Judging by the flow of writing and characterization I'd have to say I think that this book series was originally written for preteens and younger teens from ages 12-16 in the YA novel demographic group. Though I didn't really mind because it was a light read.
The book had quite a bit of humor in it with CIA, FBI and other spy agency references and the awkward collision of Cammie and Josh's lives; an intelligent aspiring spy girl from a well known spy family and a normal teenage boy from the suburbs.
The concept of this book was kind of new for me, although the whole boarding-school phase is well known especially nowadays in the YA genre, but the whole spy theme was new. Towards the middle of the book I felt that Cammie kind of grew flat as a character and we kind of lost her for a while. Until she popped back up like a fence with a section that's been run over; it's still there but it's not as strong and prominent as it could be. I really liked the characters Bex, Macey, Liz and Cammie's mom and I really wish that the characters would have had a little more depth to them.
All in all this book was so-so to me, it wasn't the best I've read but definitely not the worst. I'm considering reading on to see if the story gets better as the Gallagher series goes on. In case you were wondering the next book to the Gallagher Girls series is "Cross my heart and hope to spy".I definitely think my younger preteen sister would love this, so perhaps if you like books intended for 12-16 year-olds then this book is right up your alley.

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