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Book 1 of 6 in the Gallagher Girls Series

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About the Author

Ally Carter is the author of two adult books. "I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You "is her debut young adult novel. Ally lives in Kansas, where she is working hard on the book's sequel, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.

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If youre a brilliant 15-year-old girl, why be a cheerleader when you can be a spy? Cammie Morgan is enrolled in Gallagher Academy, a secret CIA school whose 7th-10th-grade girls are fluent in 14 different languages and take classes in covert operations. Narrator Rene Raudman is as gifted as any Gallagher girl as she jumps into their boots to romp through the raucous yet surprisingly moving adventures of Cammie, tough-Brit Bex, and Southern-belle Liz. How Cammie and crew pass a dangerous final exam and how Cammie balances spying and her romance with a normal guy make for an offbeat, imaginative title. M.T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gallagher Girls (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423100042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423100041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Cammie Morgan is your typical student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. She takes the same classes, and she has the same ambition: to become a spy. Under the guise of a school for rich geniuses, the Gallagher Academy is really a spy academy for exceptional young women. And exceptional they are. Martial arts black belts, fluency in fourteen languages, and expert hacking abilities are simply par for the course if you're a Gallagher Girl. Sophomore year is when the students start their first field work, in Covert Operations (CoveOps to those in the know) class. Cammie and her friends are thrilled that they're finally getting real experience. Then Cammie takes on a covert operation of her own. Out one night she meets a boy -- and falls for him. Unfortunately, he's an ordinary boy, and Cammie's no ordinary girl. Unable to tell him who she really is, she uses all her skills to track him and accidently-on-purpose bump into him. But is that enough? In a school where final exams involve being kidnapped, Cammie is about to get her most challenging assignment: transforming herself into a normal girl to date a normal boy. Quick-witted, clever, and poignant, this story is as interesting as any CoveOps assignment, with a cast of characters that makes it unforgettable.
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Format: Paperback
When my little sister handed me this book and told me to read it, I took one look at the cover and gave her a look that said, "you must be kidding me." I like YA literature and will even pick up the occasional "fluff" book, but this? This was too much and thus it sat on my nightstand for about a month before I gave it a chance. Surprisingly clever and enjoyable, this book is written from the perspective of Cammie Morgan, student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women (she also happens to be the headmistress's daughter). However, this is no ordinary school, it happens to be educating the next generation of super spies (think Mission: Impossible meets Harry Potter . . . with a female protagonist). As Cammie and her friends try to successfully navigate the new girl, challenging classes, and fourteen different languages, Cammie is thrown a curve ball that takes her out of her comfort zone when she gains a male admirer on the outside.

Carter has created a cast of likable characters and breathed new life into an overdone teen literary genre by giving it a new, high-tech twist. The plot is not complex, but it is compelling - admittedly I steamrolled through this book in two days. Moreover, I am always glad to see books on the shelves that contain intelligent, independent young women destined to be extraordinary in a world that seems to encourage mediocrity. The "Gallagher Academy created everything" from velcro to duct tape line gets a little old and repetitive, yes we get it you are a bunch of spy geniuses, but all in all it's a nice breezy read with a good premise. The next book in the series is currently sitting on my nightstand, but this time I can say with certainty it will not take me a whole month to dive in.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Kindle Edition
I love when I go into an audiobook not expecting a lot. I find that low expectations really help me enjoy a book more. And that’s exactly what happened with I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. I ended up starting this book when I did because of the length. It was a fairly short book and I wanted something I could finish quickly. As it turns out, this book was really enjoyable and even kind of funny at times. I don’t know that I’ll have much to say about it though.

Cammie was a decent heroine. She’s like royalty at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women (aka spy school for girls). Everyone knows who she is both because her mother is head mistress and because everyone knows how her father died on a mission. She’s a great student and as far as spy stuff goes, she’s called “the Chameleon” because she blends into the background when she wants. She’s developed this skill over the years and she’s become used to being looked over, around, and through even if she is notorious. But when Josh, a local teen boy, actually sees Cammie she can’t get him out of her mind. Thus Cammie and her friends set out to investigate Josh to ensure he’s who he says he is.

Cammie’s cluelessness about boys and regular teenage life is exactly what pulled me in for this book. This is where the humor came in and was the best thing I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You had going for it. At one part I literally laughed out loud. I just wasn’t expecting to laugh out loud which made it all the more funny to me. I wish that humor was just a bit more present throughout though. That probably would have bumped it up another notch for me because I do love a book that can make me laugh out loud.

Josh was endearing.
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