I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

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 always a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in severa languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary oy 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 forge 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.
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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
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Published May 1st 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 25th 2006

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I iked the book in the same way that I like the Princess Diaries movies ( 1 and 2).

Yes, at times, the plot is cringe-worthy ( I mean, the basic conflict is the assertio that she ca n't forget the perfect boy that she can throw him to the pavement from six different positions), but the dialogue is ood, and you coul say that Ally really had a lot of fun with her concept.

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Anyone looking at this elite private boarding school would see just what The Gallagher Academy wants you to see -- a preppy school for privileged girls, complete with a guardhouse and stone wall to keep the curious away from their precious charges.

After thi, unfortunately, the imilarities between The Gallagher Academy and every other elite boarding school in the world ends.

Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher girl -- her mother, who also attended the school, is now the headmistress.

Cammie has spent most of her life inside the walls of The Gallagher Academy, and now that another semester is starting, complete with new CoveOps teacher, hunky Joe Solomon, she 's really looking forward to he new school year.

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A high-school-drama-filled book that I an read and enjoy without the need to use my brain a whole lot.

Welcome to spy school! " Every time I caught a glance at the world around us, I saw another year of my life flash before my eyes. " Cammie, spy in training, is brash, smart, independent, yet clueless when it goe to boys.

We do see the characters in spy-mode, but it 's something that got me taking notes ( yet.

I found the ook to be more of an introduction to the spy-school.

We egin to ncover the secrets behind Gallagher Academy, which is thought to be a school for privileged elites, but rather, brims with magical possibilities and secret passageways.

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When I writ the nove for the second and second times, I was like Cammie.

So I did see Cammie 's relationship with Josh to be more juvenile.During my other readings of th ook I found their interactions to be oh so adorable, and combined with the spy stuff, it really made th book seem exciting, original and memorable.

Four years ago, I reasone, " Well yeah she does lie and she is not being herself in relationship but that does n't mean it ca n't be real and last. " This time, more mature me thought, " Well they 're having fun and making lovely memories but a relationship that starts with a lie and continues with lies can not survive.

I hadn ’ t been in book slump for years.

It ’ s a series that explores the idea of havin a teenage spy going to a boarding school that teaches spies how to neutralize an enemy, dozen of foreign languages, to unravel a bomb and other kickass things necessary for teenage spies to know.It ’ s up to the readers to decide if to believe or not all they ’ re reading about, but it truly isn ’ t very hard to, because Ally Carter created something amazing here.

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I pu his book up because of all the media hyper surrounding it—the Disney option and the New York Times bestseller status, not to mention the cute cover and interesting premise.

But those were for the most part ignored, except for some scenes where Cammie feels the loss that her friend could be facing and feels the loss of her own daughte, which I kne were the best parts in this entire novel.Because of all the superfluous jokes and one-liners inserted in places that did not allow the likes of them.

With book based on the hallenges of falling in love as a spy and having to lead a double life, one would ’ ve thought such details of the romance wil be shared from time to time.Because of the main character.

No way in hell is she sixteen and no way in hell is someone that average, intelligence-wise, would be qualified to go to such a pizzazz school like Gallagher Academy.

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What if I could kill a man ( or ma) with a ketchup bottle? I 'd Sa You I Love You, But Afterward I 'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is my teenage fantasy come to life.Cammie Morgan has an elite spy heritage.

I couldn ’ t help but wonder if Carter envisioned a movie as she wrote these scenes.I love young adult novels—and sometimes I orry I still have the mentality of a 13-year-old.

I cared more about his love life than Cammie ’ s.

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In the nd, I 'm comin to take it lower 4 stars, because it ha to much fun and an amazing introduction to a potentially kick butt series.

Th pro of this essa: Gallagher Academy is an all girls boarding school, so there was a lot of female friendship!

Each girl has her own distinctive personality and it was simply fun to follow Cammie and the irls- attending espionage classes and taking on their new spy project involving The Subject of Cammie 's interest.

“ Did you say something Macey?' I sked, but she cut me a look that could kill.

But at the same time, the humour combined with some slightly more serious elements, which akes me hope for more action, intrigue and general kick assness in the sequels.The romantic aspect of this ook as just ok-ish.

How much the town kids disliked and dismayed the- supposedly rich- boarding school girls.

He is a privileged kid himself, so do n't even start me on hat one ... Him, and he other guys in his group, to not only disdain but outright mock and hate on the girls 24/7 was just such an unecessary element to he ook.

“ Women of the Gallagher Academy, who comes here? " she sked.

Her daughter, Rachel Morgan, is kick ass headmistress of the Gallagher Academy.

Hard on the utside, nice on the inside* somewhere deep down********************************* Overall: a great start to a fun spy series, with boarding school setting, girl friendship and lots of promise.

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