Book Review : I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

Product Details
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Library Binding: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 25, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 9781423100034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423100034
  • Available on: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / The Book Depository
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women lives up to its name. Not only does this exclusive boarding school teach advanced language skills and correct deportment; its students also master the arts of tapping phones, hacking into computers, and spying in public places. At school, second-generation Gallagher Girl Cammie Morgan has impeccable credentials: She is fluent in 14 languages and able to kill an assailant in seven different ways. But recently life has dealt Cammie a card that she never anticipated: She has fallen in love with an ordinary boy who knows nothing about her exotic double life. A truly covert romance.

It took me quite some time to finish this book. I didn't exactly enjoyed it as much as I though I would, partially because it isn't so exciting after all. The concept was brilliant, but the story was a little lackluster. I understand that the writing style shown is the author's personal way to communicate with teenagers, but I've always prefer books with a real depth within. This book falls into the same category with Artemis Fowl - books with interesting premises but not much excellent qualities.

Our main character Cammie is a pretty teenage girl with an IQ of a genius, a family background comparable to super spies and a special ability to blend in, as her nickname "Chameleon". When she accidentally gets to know a boy and falls in love with him, she and her friends start to help plan dates and secret rendezvous. But the problem is, they are from two totally different worlds.

As you may guess, this novel lacks plot development. I wanted something more, like secrets or twists and turns or even dangerous moments. This book has some minor moments, but they are not strong enough to register themselves in my mind as an unexpected event. Too easy, too cheesy. I would have enjoyed it more were there any hilarious moments, but unfortunately, these elements are absent.

Lastly, I think
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You would do better as a movie than a book. I'd recommend this book to fans of Artemis Fowl and to those who love to daydream about a secret double-life.


Ally Carter
Ally Carter is the author of the best-selling Gallagher Girls series and Heist Society. She loved school so much she kept going...and going...and going...until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things. Ally does her best to stay in touch with readers via Twitter or MySpace.

1 creative remarks:

FairyWhispers said...

I still prefer the second book than the first. =]