Saturday, November 27, 2010
Suggestion Saturday time!!! This week I'm reviewing I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter. (gosh I never noticed how long the title was before now....)
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might posit itself as a school for geniuses but what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name? Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever --she's falling in love.
I know what you're thinking. Julia its about love!!! Yes but it has SPIES!!! Its about a SPY SCHOOL! I mean how cool can you get? I love spy stories. I love spies in general. I always have. I mean cool gadgets, awesome fighting skills and stealth? Doesn't get much better than that!
Other than the spy aspect, the thing I love the most is Cammie. She makes mistakes, breaks the rules, and doesn't know what to do about boys. Cammie is every girl. Nowadays there are so many novels with characters that are nothing like real teenagers. I mean look at Gossip Girl. Who really lives like that? But Ally Carter is able to write characters, that may live in unusual circumstances, but still manage to be able to be relatable. I love that. You understand Cammie because you've faced the same problems and had the same embarrassing things happen to you. Cammie's relatablility is one of the greatest strengths of the Gallagher Girls series.
I will say that this book is light reading. Its fun and has a lot of fluff. But out of all the fluffy teen novels you can read nowadays I would definitely recommend this one. Its funny, intelligent, and real. I give I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You 4 and a half cupcakes out of 5 cupcakes!
I will say that out of all the Gallagher Girls books, this is the one that I think is the "fluffiest." The sequels move more into the intrigue and adventure of the spy world. Then it starts getting REALLY good. Not that this one isn't good! The series just gets even better as it starts to progress.