After reading Also Known As by Robin Benway, I kind of decided that I would read any book ever about teenage girls who happen to be spies, of course, it just might take me awhile to get to those books. The other day when browsing my Kindle, I came across I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter, downloaded back when Netgalley had it as a Read Now to promote Heist Society. Friends, I keep getting tired of typing out the long title, but alas such is life. Anyways, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You is the first book of the Gallagher Girls series and to me, kind of a mediocre read. It’s not terrible by any means, but I just did not think it was as good as Heist Society or Also Known As.
Cammie’s a legacy at the Gallagher Academy For Girls. This is not your ordinary boarding school though. You see, Gallagher Academy is a school that trains young ladies in the fine art of espionage. Alumni from the school go on to work jobs for the CIA, Interpol, and more. A lot is expected out of these girls — but even more is expected out of Cammie. Her mother is the headmaster of the school. Her father died in the line of spy duty. So, Cammie is expected to be near the top of her class. For the most part, she’s great at spying but she’s totally out of her league when it comes to interaction with a normal boy from town who she ends up really falling for — only he has no idea what Cammie’s true identity is and she has to stay focused on her cover story. As you can see, the potential is there for everything to blow up in Cammie’s face.
When I think about it, overall I liked Cammie, main character of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter, but I don’t know that I would be rushing out to make her my BFF. First, she already has two awesome BFFs – Bex who is a straight boss and also English, and Liz, a tiny girl who is kind of sort of a genuis. Second, she breaks the cardinal rule of friendship and ditches her friends for a guy that she just met. I mean, come on, that is just not cool at all. Granted, I am pretty sure I did that too as a teenager, but looking back I cringe. I will say, I liked how great Cammie was at espionage. ALSO, her relationship with her mother was awesome to see — it was healthy and not antagonizing and her mom was actually pretty awesome.
The highlight of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You, for me was the school. Like, the girls have lunch together and during lunch they are assigned a language and they can only speak that language during lunch. They are fluent in like every language ever. The girls also take classes like covert operations where they finally get to use what they learn in the field and get some hands on practice at being spies. The final exam is definitely a part to watch for when you read this. I loved how creative Carter got with her fictional boarding school.
However, this is where I think the mediocre comes in. The romance in this book totally falls flat. You see, Cammie meets a guy while she is out on a covert operations assignment named Josh. His big appeal is that he is normal and thus super different from her. To me, he was basically white bread – so, boring. And like there’s no chemistry or sparks and barely any kissing. There’s no tension. It’s nothing like Hale and Kat. I suppose the romance comes off as very twee and as something appropriate for those on the younger end of the YA spectrum.
I am not sure if I will continue the series or not. If you’ve read it, are the next books better than the first?
Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher