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Book Review: 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

(Gallagher Girls #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.

I love Ally Carter’s books, and my favorites are The Gallagher Girls series.

I read the first four in the series when I was ten, and the fifth and sixth as they came out. I’ve never re-read them, and I’ve never binged them. I made post talking about favorite series last year and included these, but realized I didn’t remember a lot of the earlier books – most of what I remember is of the last two.

Between the agony of waiting for Carter’s newest book – Not If I Save You First, and the nostalgia coming from leaving high school soon, I’ve decided I want to re-read this series.

So far, ‘ve re-read book one. Its still a 5 star re-read, but I’m not sure how much is effected by the nostalgia factor of having loved this series as a kid, I’m not great at separating feelings.

5 Stars


I love the covers and titles of this series so much. I love this series in general, but this is about book one.

I will say, some of the way my feelings have changed about this series, is that its a lot more juvenile then I remember, the characters feel a lot younger than me, though I’m now closer to their age than I was when I first read the books. They’re more lower YA or upper MG than solidly YA as I thought they were. Which isn’t a bad thing, just an observation. I was endlessly aggravated re-reading this, because I KNOW how irrelevant Josh is later in the series and I love Zach Goode, but thats a re-reading issue and not the book’s fault.

I LOVE the characters, and the premise of the book still. The pacing is great, as is the world building and the action.

I’d say it still holds up, even though I’m older now. I’m excited to keep re-reading.

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