Thursday, March 15, 2012
Review: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult/Chick Lit
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: August 20, 2009
File Size/Pages: 869 kb/292 pgs
Challenge(s): Personal A-Z Challenge; eBook Challenge; Chick Lit Challenge
My Rating: 4/5
Summary: 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.
Review: First foremost I really liked the cover of this book; it was cute and very chic. In honor of Ally Carter's newest book to this series, "Out of Sight, Out of Time", I decided to read this book, which is the first of five in this series. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but surprisingly I didn't. The main character, Cammie Morgan is a 15-year-old Sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women; everyone thinks the school is for rich, snotty girls, but it's really a school for spies. She has two best friends who are also her roommates, Liz Sutton and Rebecca "Bex" Baxter. As if being a super spy at the age of 15 isn't hard enough, Cammie's father is dead and her mother is the headmistress at the Academy. When the new teacher Joe Soloman takes over the CoveOps class, he puts the girls through a series of tests to see if they really have what it takes to really make a profession out of being a spy. Later rather than soon, the girls befriend the new girl, Macey McHenry, who helps Cammie decode "guy talk". While on a mission, Cammie meets Josh; he knows NOTHING about who the real Cammie Morgan is. Overall, this book was okay; the biggest thing that took away from me actually liking this book was how late of a start the book has; it just seemed really slow to me. I also didn't like the person Cammie was becoming before she got knocked into her senses; I just felt like she was kind of turning her back on the girls she had known basically all of her life for a guy that she had just met. So why the four stars??? Because it's just the first book in the series, in order to really be the judge, I'd have to read ALL the books in the series to really understand where the author was trying to go with this. If it had been just one book, without a series, it would've been totally different.
If you've already read the books in this series, be sure to check out Ally Carter's new book, "Out of Sight, Out of Time."