Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU


I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU,
BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU
Ally Carter
Hyperion
2006

Available: paperback, hard copy, Kindle, audible

     Sophomore Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Academy girl. In fact, her mother is the headmistress, which fortunately doesn't cramp her style. Or not much. Gallagher Academy is an all girls-school that's unlike all others. Its curriculum offers classes in chemical warfare, advanced martial arts, code breaking, and other super espionage subjects designed to prepare the next generation of spies.  Cammie is an exceptional student, having mastered all sorts of spy tricks and 14 languages. She's prepared for every challenge imaginable, that is, except
for boys. She meets a town boy, Josh. Suddenly she's like a fish out of water. She can't let him know who she really is. It'd be easier if she just quit the relationship before it developed. But there's something about him that is irresistible and she finds herself using her covert skills to sneak meetings with him. This is all complicated by something strange going on at the Academy.
     This is a fun read. Cammie, who seems to have it all together, suddenly is thrown off track by her infatuation with Josh. Her budding relationship with him and the resulting insecurities that surface, transform super-girl Cammie into a normal girl.  It's a ice mix of romance, spy intrigue and mystery.

Target audience: Grades 7-10
Mystery/ suspense: good
Kid appeal: Girls
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