Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

When you go to a school for spies, the best place to hide is in plain sight.

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Cammie Morgan knows this rule inside-out; after all, her nickname is “Chameleon” for a reason.  She’s CIA legacy, a natural pavement artist, and one of the next generation of superspies being trained at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women.

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Cammie thinks she’s ready for another year at school, and while her new Covert Operations (CoveOps) class is a bit difficult, she’s got it handled.

Enter Macey McHenry.  Macey’s smart, spoiled, used to being the most beautiful girl in the room–and had been kicked out of every school that she’s ever attended.  Her politician parents are at their wit’s end, and think that the Gallagher Academy is the perfect solution.  Unfortunately, the faculty of the Gallagher Academy–including Cammie’s mother, the headmistress–can’t say no to the McHenrys.  And so, Macey is accepted, and promptly turns Cammie’s world upside-down.

So Macey becomes the resident makeup, clothes, and relationship adviser, while Cammie and her friends try their best to bring Macey up to speed on the whole spies-in-training thing.  And it’s a good deal because Cammie–a girl known for her ability to fade out of sight–was spotted in town while on a CoveOps mission.  By a boy.

A very cute boy.

Josh Abrams is normal.  His mother loves to bake, his father runs the local pharmacy, and his sister is, well, his sister.  He has no clue what goes on behind the walls of the Gallagher Academy, and maybe that’s the reason that Cammie finds him so utterly appealing.

With her friends’ help–especially Macey, the only one who has had any experience with the other half of the population–Cammie manages to find ways to keep seeing Josh and understanding, for the first time, what normal means.  She loves every minute that she steals with him–not to mention all the practical CoveOps practice that she’s getting–but when her school, grades, and future are at stake, the question isn’t if she can.

It’s if she should.

Ally Carter‘s I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is a cute story about a spy (in training) who falls in love with a civilian.  While it is (very) awkward at times and over-the-top at others, this first book is a sweet ready for any kind of afternoon.  It’s also one of the better YA spy novels that I’ve read in a while, full of intrigue (of both the spy and the girl kind) and adventure (like a certain final exam.  You’ll see what I mean!).

Ultimately, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You will appeal to two audiences: People who love spies, and people who love light romance.  (Of course, there will always be the crossover group who loves both. :))  So if you belong to either of these groups, what are you waiting for?  Grab a copy and read it!

~River

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