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

Ally Carter
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April 1 2007 Gallagher Girls (Book 1)

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.

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Grade 7-10–Cammie Morgan, 15, is a student at Gallagher Academy, a top-secret boarding school for girls who are spies-in-training. She studies covert operations, culture and assimilation, and advanced encryption, and has learned to speak 14 languages. Her troubles begin when she falls for Josh, a local boy who has no clue about her real identity. Keeping her training secret forces her to lie to her new love, which leads to comic complications. Subplots include Cammie's relationship with her mother–the headmistress at Gallagher–and her grief over the loss of her father, who died while on a spying assignment. The teen's double life leads to some amusing one-liners, and the invented history of the Gallagher Girls is also entertaining, but the story is short on suspense. The stakes never seem very high since there are no real villains, and the cutesy dialogue quickly becomes grating. However, the novel has been optioned for a film and will likely attract readers who enjoy lighthearted, frothy tales and squeaky-clean romances. Unfortunately, it lacks the warmth and appeal of other teen books turned into movies, such as Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries (HarperCollins, 2000) and Ann Brashares's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Delacorte, 2001).–Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library
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If ever there were a new series chock full of characters to make Harry, Ron, Hermione et al look like wimps, then this is it. thebookbag.co.uk A great guilty pleasure read for those of you out there who also harbour secret dreams of becoming a spy, or even those who just want a light-hearted break from studying for their exams. Go out, grab a copy, step out of your reality bubble and enjoy! Teen Today A short, fun, fast-moving book. INIS This book is absolutely incredible. Teen Titles I couldn't put it down. Katie, 15 I was so excited when I got this book I read it in 24 hours...11/10! Toya, 14 Tore through it in like 4 days, and really loved it. It's a nice guilty pleasure. Aime, 15 Best book in the world. Ellie, 13 Entertaining and witty... refreshing Southern Daily Echo Ally Carter is an author that you simply can't miss. Gripped into Books Fast paced and suspense-building, this witty novel is enthralling. Lincolnshire Echo Carter really digs deep and expresses the life of not just a teenage spy, but also a teenage girl. Amazing 5/5. Siobhan Heagney yr 7 pupil at Kenton School Newcastle Newcastle Evening Chronicle Fast-paced, funny and action-packed. tBk Magazine Funny... great story... five out of five stars. WRD Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter was originally published by Hyperion in 2006. It is the first in the Gallagher Girls series.
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women your typical all girl private school for genius, well except for the fact that the girls are actually being trained to become elite spies. With classes like advanced martial arts, covert ops and CIA code breaking for extra credit things can get intense. Cammie is known as a chameleon; she is capable of blending into any environment. She has never really been noticed before, that is until she is seen on an undercover mission by a normal teenage boy, Josh. Sure she knows 14 languages and could kill a man with her bare hands, but interact with a teenage boy, especially one who as cute as Josh, now that’s tough. She can easily tap his phone and hack his computer but can she make him believe she is who she claims to be? Can she carry on a relationship with him without anyone finding out? It shouldn’t be so hard when you have your genius best friends helping you. All seems to be falling in to place except did I mention that Cammie’s mother is the headmistress of the school. Will Cammie and her friends be able to complete this dangerous mission?
I have been a fan of Ally Carter’s other YA series Heist Society for a while now, so I don’t know what took me so long to pick up the this book (I will blame ignorance and a giant TBR list). I’m really glad that I did get this book and start reading the series because I really enjoyed this book. I started listening to the audiobook and I also had the book so I was able to read along with the story. I found that some of the voices were annoying though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Teen Spy Read Nov. 24 2009
Cammie Morgan is a girl who may appear to be like others but she actually goes to the elite Gallagher Academy and is training to be a spy. Not many girls speak Farsi and can difuse nuclear bombs. But what happens when a girl with talents like these meets an ordinary boy, a boy she starts to like?

Very funny story with laugh out loud moments as well as sweet ones. It reminded me of the school aspect of the early Harry Potter books or Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series combined with modern attitudes and popculture references. Great Story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Oct. 7 2007
By Kirstie
This book is really cute and really funny. It can seem unrealistic at points but hey, it's a spy school what can you expect! It's an awesome teen read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 24 2007
Welcome to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, an all-girls school located just outside of Roseville, Virginia. 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. And they'd be right, of course, and yet they would be so very, very wrong!

Because The Gallagher Academy isn't exactly what it appears to be. It's an elite school, that's for sure, and the only boys who grace its grounds are the male teachers. After that, though, the similarities between The Gallagher Academy and every other elite boarding school in the world ends. Instead of math and reading, English and horseback-riding, the girls who attend this school take courses in Covert Operations, Ancient Languages, Countries of the World, Culture and Assimilation, and Protection and Enforcement. The Gallagher Academy is, in a word, a school for spies.

Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher girl--her mother, who also attended the school, is now the headmistress. Her two best friends, Liz and Bex, are both super-smart, and the best spies-in-training she knows (except for Liz's lack of coordination, but that's another story). 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 the new school year.

But then things start to get a little out of control. Mr. Solomon seems to know all about Cammie's missing-and-presumed-dead father. She meets a boy in town, Josh, who finally sees her, really sees her, like no one else ever has.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spy girls in training, but its not all serious Feb. 19 2009
Cammie Morgan is the daughter of the headmistress at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, '' :a snooty boarding school for bored heiresses with no place else to go" (2)' according to the town teenagers, but is actually a school that trains agents for the CIA, FBI, NSA, M16, etc.

Along with regular course work, the students study multiple foreign languages, Covert Operations, Countries of the World, and Advanced Encryption. What they are not taught, however, is how to behave in social situations with regular boys. When fifteen-year-old Cammie meets a boy from Rosedale during a field exercise from school, she begins a double-life that involves keeping her real identity a secret while dating Josh. " 'Lurking is what creepy guys with random facial hair and stains on their shirts do. Geniuses with three years of top secret spy training don't lurk ' we surveil "(240).' She is coached along by her spy friends who do background checks and plant tracking devices, but it is a new student at school, Macey McHenry, who sets her straight by translating 'boy' speak. Macey has recently been admitted because of distant family ties and her parents are unaware of the school's true mission, which makes for an interesting twist.

The possibility that parents will go missing during an operation, as did Cammie's father; what type of spy career the girls will have when they graduate; the stress of exams; and keeping your own secrets or helping friends are subplots that help to develop the personality of the characters. The school has secret passages, the dialog is quick, and the decisions that the students confront alternate between serious and amusing.

As this story ends, Cammie is starting the break before her junior year and readers might find that a sequel is planned.
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