Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (YA)

From the back cover:

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school--typical, 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 seven different ways with her bare hands, 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?

My thoughts:

First, I want to thank my friend, Laura J. for recommending this author. I'm not a fan of first person narrative, so it did take me just a bit to get into the book. That said, I truly enjoyed this book. I loved the world, which was brought to life. A super, secret spy school filled with genius students, and a very colorful faculty. I found both Cammie's mother, who is the headmistress, and her Covert Ops teacher, Joe Solomon to be very interesting characters.

The book takes place during the fall semester of Cammie's sophomore year. She's known as the chameleon because she's able to blend into her surroundings so well. But when she meets an ordinary high school boy who notices her, Cammie has no idea how to handle it.

The book is quite hilarious in some places, yet just as poignant in others. I'm looking forward to reading more about Cammie's missions.


Kav said...

Oh, I LOVED this book -- so campy and fun!!!! It definitely suited the first person narrative and it was done so well. I haven't read the sequel(s), but I'm intending to.

Michelle said...

It really was a fun read! I've read the second book, will likely review it in the next couple of days. I'm waiting (very, very impatiently) for the third book. The library has shown it as being in transit for the last two days! I have the forth one on hold too.