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I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea ...
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I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls Series #1)

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Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea 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, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.
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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.
Publishers Weekly
The spy game isn't just a guy game, as witnessed by Carter's diverting entry into the flurry of teen espionage novels flashing loads of girl power. Unfortunately, Raudman sounds like she's straining (and sometimes squeakily so) to sound younger than she is and her intonation is a bit off, giving her reading a falseness that's hard to overcome. Cammie is a sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women a place that lives up to its name, as Cammie knows 14 languages and is a skilled killing machine. Of course, Gallagher girls become the most elite spies, and Cammie fires ahead on that career track (as was her mother, now the school's headmistress) until romance with an ordinary guy, no less threatens to derail her progress. Despite any shortcomings, aficionados of this burgeoning fiction genre will be tempted to give this title a go. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everyone in the town of Roseville thinks the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a regular boarding school for snobs. But it is actually an undercover, all-girl spy training school, and Cameron Morgan is both a sophomore and the daughter of the headmistress. The curriculum for these high school girls includes "Covert Operations," "Culture," and "Assimilation." Students are expected to speak one of the fourteen languages they know during lunch in the Great Hall. There are lots of other fun spy-related details in the story, which will have most readers chuckling. When Cammie and her CovOps class head into town for a drill, the team is separated and Cammie meets Josh. The girls mount a surveillance mission to find out all they can about him. Cammie keeps her true identity undercover so that she can experience what it might be like to be "normal" and have a date. But when Josh's friend Dillon sees Cammie in town with her classmates from Gallagher, her cover is blown and Cammie has to decide what is more important: boys or spying. Clearly chick lit for teens, this story is amusing with engaging characters and a lighthearted plot. 2006, Hyperion, Ages 12 to 15.
—Mary Loftus
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Becoming a super spy is not easy, especially if your parents have been acknowledged as two of the best agents out there. But Cameron (aka Cammie the Chameleon) is not intimidated. Cammie is a Gallagher Girl. She and her friends go to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. To the outside world, the Gallagher Academy is a rich girls' prep school, but in truth it is really a master spy training ground. What could derail a young woman from this chosen path? His name is Josh. Cammie meets him by accident during her first Covert Operations field experience. Josh is cute, he is nice, and he is normal with an average family. Suddenly the Gallagher Girls are facing their biggest challenge-figuring out boys. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, this novel combines the real (learning how to talk to boys) and the unreal (learning how to be a secret agent for the government) in a strangely believable way. Think Alias meets Gilmore Girls. The causal explanation for the complex inner workings of the secretive Gallagher Academy and the diversity of the group inside its walls make a unique and enjoyable setting. The characters and their relationships, including Cammie's mother-Headmistress of the Gallagher Academy-propel this story beyond just being an action-packed novel into something special. The promise of a second Gallagher Girl book is the promise of good times to come.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Cammie Morgan attends prestigious Gallagher Academy, a girl's private high school for geniuses that actually teaches the latest techniques in espionage. Everything about her life is top secret, so when she meets Josh on an outing in town she lies about her background so that he will think she has a normal life. In order to continue their ever-deepening friendship, Cammie sneaks out through the school's tunnel, exchanges messages under a rock, and has her friends cover for her. By the end of Ally Carter's novel (Hyperion, 2006) the truth is revealed and Cammie has learned more about herself than she has about spying. The unique plot, snappy dialogue, and Cammie's wry asides maintain the interest of listeners. Written in the first person, listeners feel the excitement, frustrations, and insecurities of teenage life. Ren e Raudman's overly dramatic narration is appropriate for the story and will keep listeners interested. She gives each character a unique voice, and changes pace to heighten the mood. An excellent choice for young teens.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423132011
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 8/20/2009
  • Series: Gallagher Girls Series , #1
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 19,878
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ally Carter

Ally Carter is the author of two adult books. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is her debut young adult novel. Ally lives in Kansas, where she is working hard on the book's sequel,Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Series that Progesses with Each Book. So Don't Stop Here!

    I remember when I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill you first came out. Picked it up, sounded interesting, but I hate first character narrators who sound too...teenagery. I've had my experiences with them and I wasn't willing to risk my cash on another one. So now, four years later I picked up Heist Society--by Ally Carter, same author of Gallegher Girls series and madly fell in love with her story telling skills. Gallagher Girls series is quite the ride and I'm glad I--twenty years old--picked it up and finally read it. I won't give away anything but each book is full of humor and action. But you can tell that through out the years she started to grasp the whole feel for great story telling--not that the first two books where horrible. Far from it, but the last two books--especially the last one (Only the Good Spy Young) certainly were a crazy ride full of emotion and character development.

    The first two books had fun humor and introductions to the spy world and what it had to offer and the troubles and duties that came along with it. But they lacked the action, intensity and climatic story that the last two books where equipped with. Either way, I didn't feel like sticking fork in my eye while reading Cam's narrative. Very fluid and fun and simple. As the story progresses and she faces more danger--without her teachers plannings--she grows more mature and aware of what's out there. What she'll have to face one day.

    If you're looking for a series or just a good fun book, then these books are the right choice. Don't let the long--maybe a tad cheesy (I kinda like it :] ) title fool you. Cam and her gang will steal your friendship and Zach (sigh) will steal your heart. Because they're spies. And thats what they do.

    49 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    This book is amazing! There is no other book relavently like it. Cammie takes you on a whirl-wind of an adventure as she manages to break all the rule, and grow up a bit. It is a great read for all ages. A must read! Can't wait for the 3rd book.

    Sequal great too!

    37 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Great Book!! Must Read!!

    This book is wonderful!It has alot of suspense and it will catch you off guard sometimes.This is a 'Must Read' book!YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

    36 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Absouloutley Amazing!!

    I loved this book ,ecspecialy for pre-teens. It was really good( a must read)!!!!

    30 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    good book

    i used be a a teen who only liked book with pictures. something easy. i got told by my teacher it would be a book for me. Teen romance, thrilling action,and many others. I recomend this book to teens who are into a story they would love to read again and again.

    23 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Epic

    This book is so cool...it left me wishing i could go to that school!!!one of my favorite books ever!

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Great!

    Should be a movie.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    I wanna be a spy

    Okay, I was never expecting much from this book, especially after I saw that it had been optioned for a film by Disney. But I was hoping for some James Bond/Cody Banks/Spy Kids action.

    This book is about Cammie Morgan, a student at the elite Gallagher Academy, which is essentially an all-girl school for spies. Cammie is a pretty normal student at Gallagher, besides the fact that her mother is the headmistress, and she has a reputation for being "the Chameleon." Cammie knows fourteen languages and how to kill a man with a piece of uncooked spaghetti, but when it comes to boys, she's clueless. However, some boy advice will come in handy when she starts up a secret relationship with a normal boy- who thinks she is just a normal girl.

    This book was cute. Nothing more than that. It had some humor, not enough to make me laugh out loud, but enough to keep the mood light. That's the thing, I thought this book was TOO light. I never really bought in to any conflict. Don't you think in a book about spies, there should be some bad guys? Essentially, this book is about a girl who meets a boy. The spy stuff is just kind of tacked on. Cammie seemed more like a normal girl than a genius. But she did have a level head on her shoulders. But of course, all her friends wer super-model gorgeous while she is average looking. And she is the one with the boyfriend. Right. The characters and plot were all just a bit bland for me. Not much action to speak of. That was a tad disappointing. But there was some genuine guy advice, which readers will appreciate.

    I don't know. It's cute, light, and I'm sure tweenage girls will eat it up. I won't read the sequels though unless they fall into my hands.

    14 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Pretty cute little series

    I think this book is really fun. It's definitely a different take on the whole teenage/school book scene than nearly all of the rest of them. I like the way she writes these and her books keep my interest. Well, for the most part, there are a couple of very small segments that are dragged out a bit, but overall they are an enjoyable, fun, cute, funny read. I'd recommend the series to my friends if they hadn't already read them haha :)

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    One of the best books I've ever read!

    I love this book! Buy it now! Don't be fooled by the title..This book is amazing!!!!!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Awesome!!!

    This book is great for 5th grade up. It combines romance and spying- whats not to love! Great charaters. Overall great book. I can't wait to read the rest of the books!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    I own this book

    This bok is amazing and i think you should read it
    <3

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Awesome!

    I read this book last year, and then I read to the middle of Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy, but then I stopped reading it, 'cause I got bored. But I'm gonna try and read the series again this summer. I finished this book and I am now on to the 2nd book. This book was really great, I gotta say; I mean, really—Ally Carter has definitely made the statement that spies aren't just for guys anymore! (Really—where would James Bond be without some assistance from female spies? Where would Chuck Bartowski be without Sarah Walker? (Chuck, nbc channel four)) This is such a butt-kicking book and I can tell it's going to be a butt-kicking series! I'd Tell You I'd Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You is awesome! 5 stars for this sexy, sweet, butt-kicking read!
    (I highly reccommend this if you are currently bored. Go ahead, buy it, or at least get the sample!)

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Wow!!!!!!!!!

    I just wrote a whole paragraph about how amazing this bool is then i hit the back button, fml. Get this book now its fab.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Love this book

    A must read i fallen in love with this book

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Love it

    I love this book!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    AEESOME!!!!

    noot even done and i looove it;)

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

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    I'd Tell You I love you, But then I'd have to Kill you - Ally Black

    This book is about a girl named Cammie. She is a secret spy in training who goes to a school called the Gallagher Acadamy for girls. Cammie's mom is the headmistress at the Gallagher Acadamy. I did like this book, but I feel that it didn't have enough action. Plus there is to much drama, and I feel that the author put a little too much time into detail. Overall i did like the book though. So, after the summer, Cammie and everyone new at the Gallagher Acadamy come back for another fun filled year. Cammie finds out that she gets to go down a level of the school which is a big privilege for the students, but she soon realizes that her old tearcher is gone and the new teacher sitting in her spot it a man. Men dont normaly teach at the Gallagher Acadamy except for her old science teacher. Now the mysterie awaits. Who is this new teacher and why is he at the Gallagher Acadamy?

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Great

    Nice book.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    U have 2read

    I read it in one day it was sooooo good.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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