Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You is the first book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. It was released by Orchard Books on 6th May 2010 and the book is 320 pages long.

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is unlike any other school you will have heard about…mainly because they don’t want you to know what goes on there. The Gallagher Academy is an all girls school for spies!

Cammie Morgan, daughter of the headmistress, can speak fourteen different language and has the ability to kill a man in 7 ways, amongst being able to do an array of other crazy things normal teenagers can’t do. The Gallagher Academy has trainer her and made her ready for living in the outside world as a spy but there is one thing they haven’t prepared her for. Being a normal teenage girl. When Cammie meets Josh in town, she doesn’t know how to handle her feelings for him. Sure, she can find out any tiny detail about his life but she can never tell him who she really is. Falling in love may be the riskiest thing Cammie has ever done!

What I thought
After winning the third book in this series from another blogger, I realised I should probably read the first book beforehand. Luckily, Vicki had a copy and lent me it. Now that my TBR pile is at a manageable level, I decided it was time to read some non review books.

I wasn’t really sure what to think when I started reading this book as I hadn’t heard much about the series in general so for once, I went into this one knowing nothing. As soon as I started reading it though, I realised I was in for a treat. The opening chapter grabbed my attention and I instantly wanted to know more about the Gallagher Academy and the girls that attended. What I loved most about the idea of the book was that it was overtaken by female characters. Usually in a spy book, I would expect a male to take the lead. Spy films have given us way too many male leads and not even close to enough kick ass females so I was really glad to see this happening in a whole series.

Cammie was a great character who has more baggage that I would have thought possible for a girl hiding away at spy school. Cammie, along with her friends, were witty and funny at the same time as being tough and extremely intelligent. I do wish that I had gotten to see Cammie in more of the action scenes instead of the majority of the book being about her relationship with Josh though. The interesting part about Cammie and Josh’s relationship was the fact that Cammie and her friends turned him into their own private mission, finding out everything they could about it. I don’t know that I would ever want to know everything about a guy though. Finding things out about them is half of the fun!

I think Ally Carter has written fantastic characters and it really does something great for female characters in the YA genre. These girls know how to handle themselves but they also want to have normal lives as teenagers too and I loved the mix of these qualities. Although the girl at this school get pretty much the same training to begin with, each character has their own, distinct personality, which I loved. Cammie’s friends are all very different and I think I would probably like each of them to get their own story. I don’t know if the rest of the series follows Cammie or not but I would love to see the other girls featured more.

The one thing I didn’t really like about this book was the pacing. While it got off to a good start, the pacing felt a little all over the place. The action scenes didn’t last nearly long enough and they were quite rushed for me. I would have loved for this part of the book to be explored more and with more detail. The addition of certain gadgets and tricks was fantastic but I don’t think they were used enough. Then, there is the relationship between Cammie and Josh. It didn’t feel very realistic to me because of how it ended up working. I didn’t think that a normal teenage relationship would have worked the way it did in the book or that a teenage guy would put up with what Cammie had to do just to be able to see Josh.

I did really enjoy this book a lot more than I thought I was going to but it wasn’t perfect. I have high hopes for the other books in the series though and I cant wait to see what crazy things are going to happen to and for the Gallagher Girls!


  1. Thanks for the review! I've been very curious about this series. Several of my friends have enjoyed it but I know from past experience that their tastes are...questionable... Might have to give this series a go ;)

  2. I've seen this series around but I could never decide whether it would be for me or not!

    This does sound good thou! :)


  3. I just finished this book yesterday. Loved it- so funny!

  4. I have just finished this book for a book report... BEST choice I have ever made. These books are amazing I congradulate Ally Carter

    Chloe xx

  5. I've had this book sitting on my shelf for AGES, I really should get around to reading it. As like you, I won the third book in that same competition.

  6. Great review, shame about the pacing. We have it in the library and it appears quite popular

  7. I agree.This book moved a bit too fast for me but it had a good theme.if you enjoyed it you should read heist society by ally carter.


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