Author: Ally Carter
Title: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Adventure
Published: April 2006
Cammie may be an elite spy in training at the prestigious Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. And she might be capable of killing a man in seven different ways, but in her sophomore year, she’s about to begin her most dangerous mission yet —she’s falling in love.
The first time I read a Gallagher Girls novel was quite a few years ago, when the series wasn’t even complete. Now, the Gallagher Girls series is one of Ally Carter’s best-selling series and is loved by many teenagers and young people across the globe.
I remember when I first read the book, how I fell instantly in love with the characters and couldn’t stop reading, resulting in it becoming one of my favourite books ever. I decided I wanted to read it again when I was searching my bookshelf for something to read a few weeks ago and thought it would be really interesting to see if I still love it now, as much as I did back in 2010(ish).
The verdict? Yes, I still love it. I’m not entirely sure I love it as much as I did when I read it the first time, but it was still an exciting and enjoyable read.
I think the part I loved the most is (shocker) not the romantic element, more the spy-in-training element; who wouldn’t want to be a spy?! No one I know, that’s for sure. I loved the secret passageways, spy equipment, missions, languages and all the other spy-related parts of the novel. Though, Carter wasn’t being completely unrealistic, as she made it seem like there was a balance between the exciting spy adventures and the boring revision, tests and homework that everyone has to go through at school.
Speaking of school, the Gallagher Academy itself sounds amazing! It’s a boarding school for one, which has always sounded like something that would be really fun to experience. But also, its filled with lots of spy-tech that just makes it sound really crazy and even more fun. I’m jealous, can you tell?
And finally, how I could I possibly not talk about the romance in the novel – I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned romance in every single review so far, whoops (it is my favourite genre though, so I do see why it keeps making an appearance). Its definitely a more complicated situation in this book as there is, understandably, a lot more secrets between Cammie and Josh than I’ve seen between any other fictional couple. However, they do seem to make it work for the most part, despite the many complications.
I still can’t decide how I feel about the ending of the novel – it definitely makes me want to read on, it’s just not what I wanted to happen and I can’t decide if I’m disappointed or intrigued to see how it play’s out!
Star Rating: ★★★★☆