I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter
“I suppose a lot of teenage 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.”
Genre: Young Adult Espionage Publisher: Disney Hyperion Format: Paperback Source: Bought Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars) Synopsis:
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?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.
I read Ally Carter’s series Heist Society a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that I have already read the entire series multiple times. I have no idea why it took me so long to get to reading the first book of her older series, but I’m very glad I did because this book was likewise very good.
I loved the description of the scenery, and I loved the idea of a spy school for girls and the worldbuilding, and the plot was both engaging and amusing. But for me characters make a book, and I love Ally Carter’s characters.
The main character Cammie has a very interesting story and even though she’s been raised in a spy school she is a very relatable narrator. She’s strong, smart and very loyal to her friends- all qualities that make me like her even more.
Her friends are also very interesting, and their relationships with each other and Cammie are all very well written and have a perfect amount of inside jokes and good natured teasing, but there’s also great moments where it’s shown how much they really care about each other.
I thought the background characters were also amazingly thought out. Even characters who barely appeared in the book were given names, back stories, and reputations.
Another thing that was really great about this book was it’s writing style. It was mostly written in a standard first person style, but the chapters were interspersed with lists and investigation reports. There are also parts where Cammie talks directly to the reader, as the entire book is supposed to be a very long spy mission report, which is a concept that I think makes the book really cool to read.
All in all, this was a great and very fun book about teenaged female spies, and I look forward to reading the rest of this (already finished) series!