I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but its really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year shes already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways.But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks shes an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, shes beginning her most dangerous mission–shes falling in love.

Overall, I thought this book was really cute.  Cammie is smart and funny and I found myself totally wanting to be a Gallagher Girl by the end.   I think it was my love of Alias bubbling back to the surface.   It was fun to see this super smart, highly trained girl encounter an entirely new obstacle – dating.  The book had more layers than I was expecting, like her relationship with her mom and the danger all the girls’ spy parents are in.   I thought the supporting characters (Cammie’s suitemates) were a little one dimensional.

I have the next two books in the series and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Ally Carter is one of the authors I should get to meet at the Decatur Book Festival.

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