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

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is the first in the YA contemporary spy school series Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter.

As a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, Cammie has espionage in the blood. Her mother is the headmistress and her father’s life in the spy scene cost him his life.

Now she’s “the Chameleon”, great at blending in and utilizing the academic education she is receiving – which isn’t what the town’s impression of a snooty girl’s boarding school is.

Instead, Cammie and her friends are taught advanced martial arts, how to assimilate into various cultures, different languages and accents and so on and so forth. Essentially, a training ground for genius girls meant to be future spooks.

But despite knowing how to kill someone with her bare hands and what is the latest in chemical warfare science, Cammie has no idea what to do when an ordinary boy talks to her like she’s an ordinary girl.

Is it possible to enter into a relationship with a regular guy – when that regular guy can never know the truth about you?

I know I’m rather late to this Gallagher Girls series, but I’m glad I finally picked it up!

As the first book in the series, I’d Tell You I Loved You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You mixes a crazy teen espionage angle with some truly funny and relatable narration and dialogue.

Plus, there’s an appreciative level of seriousness and friendship to level out what can be a silly (but fun!) plot.

It was a fast, diverting read that presented the idea of teen girl spies in training – and how ill-equipped those skills make them to handle normal day-to-day activities.

With romance, humor and a healthy amount of world-building of this legendary – but hush hush – school, I really enjoyed reading I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You!

I’m looking forward to continuing the series and seeing where they go next.


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