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

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781423100034
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 22 cm.


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Beaverton_Teens Oct 23, 2018

Part of the "Gallagher Girls" series.

Cammie Morgan, who attends the spy school The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, can speak fourteen different languages, hack CIA computer codes, and kill a man seven different ways, but she is ill-prepared when she falls in love with an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl.

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Jun 01, 2019

This book is great! Love it!

Jan 22, 2019

When will you guys get them my daughter need the book for a project

JCLHebahA Aug 22, 2018

Espionage! First love! Shenanigans! I went into this hoping for a fun, fluffy adventure, and it absolutely delivered, but I was pleasantly surprised by the supportive girl squad dynamics at the heart of everything.

Jul 26, 2018

This was easily my favorite book series all throughout middle school and junior high. The main character, Cammie, attends the prestigious Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. While the rest of the world thinks it is a snobby boarding school for rich girls, it is actually a spy school that was founded during the times of the American Civil War. This book did a great job of making me fall in love with all the characters, and I really fell in love with the plot as the series progressed.

Apr 21, 2018

It's so refreshing to read a book about a kickass heroine who doesn't seem untouchable, and who while being genius saving the world, Cammie manages to stay extremely easy to relate to, and just staying a young girl. This book is something I strongly recommend for every teenage girl (or boy). Its funny, easy, and, again soooo easy to relate to. Ally Carter kicks butt yet again.

sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
This was a super fast and fun read, which was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the spy elements; the setting with all its hidden passageways was particularly fun, and I liked the gadgets and class stuff.
I really enjoyed Cammie's voice. She is distinct from a lot of YA narrators I've read. She's not on the common extremes of snarky/sarcastic/overconfident or zero self-esteem/depending on the guy to define her worth. She was very relatable even in how she fit into this extraordinary world.
The secondary characters were decent; I liked Liz and Bex and Cammie's relationship to them. Josh was a very loveable love-interest, although the romance felt a *little* bit contrived at times. Overall, it was cute and fun, and I'm interested in reading the sequels.

Jun 21, 2017

I think it's a great read, especially for girls of all ages. It's very intriguing and keeps you interested to the point where you want to read the sequels. I would recommend this book.

MirandaJo Feb 04, 2017

This is a great read for all ages! An independent young woman is learning to be a spy. Because of her spy-centered education, she has unusual problems that teenage girls normally wouldn't have, which is what makes this series so special.

pink_alligator_41 Feb 10, 2016

someone spotted her , dated her , tried to save her , and then gets in a love triangle , i personally love the series

Feb 03, 2016

A good story that introduces a great series.

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Feb 18, 2019

"Hey, Cammie... Tell Suzie she's a lucky cat."
Have sexier words ever been spoken? I seriously think not!
~Page 92

ZanathShadow14 Jun 04, 2014

"You probably think we're an urban spy myth, like jet packs and invisibility suits...Well, to tell you the truth, we're fine with that."

Jul 10, 2012

“Your mission,” Mr. Soloman said, “is to find out what he drinks with those funnel cakes.”

Jul 10, 2012

“I know in the spy movies it always looks really cool when the operative goes from a maid's uniform to a slinky, sexy, ballgown in the amount of time it takes an elevator to climb three floors. Well, I don't know how it is for TV spies, but I can tell you that even with Velcro, the art of the quick change is one that must take a lot of practice (not to mention better lighting than one is likely to find in a tunnel that was once part of the underground railroad).”

Jul 10, 2012

“I suppose a lot of teenage girls feel invisible sometimes, like they just disappear. Well, that's me—Cammie the Chameleon. But I'm luckier than most because, at my school, that's considered cool.
I go to a school for spies.”

Jul 10, 2012

“Number of empty Ben & Jerry's containers: 3 -- two mint chocolate cookie, one plain vanilla. (Who buys plain vanilla ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, anyway? Is there a greater waste?)”

Jan 15, 2012

"Sure, she knows cuss words in fourteen different languages, but when faced with a minor catastrophe, Liz says 'oopsy daisy.' "


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ZanathShadow14 Jun 04, 2014

'You probably think we're just an urban spy myth, like jet packs and invisibility suits...and you assume, like everyone else, that the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is just a snooty boarding school for bored heiresses with no place else to go. Well, to tell you the truth, we're fine with that.'

But, despite all appearances, the Gallagher Academy is anything but ordinary. Sure, it looks normal from the outside, until you run into the electric fences and stun guns...and that's only on the driveway. No, the Gallagher Academy is, in reality, a school for spies, where girls train for years to become some of the best spies the world has ever known. Cameron Morgan, a sophomore at the academy, thinks her life is pretty sweet. She's a spy in training, her mom is the headmistress, she shares a room with her two best friends in the world, and she just started Covert Operations class with a new and mysterious teacher.
And then everything changes when Cammie meets Josh.
No, she's not supposed to meet him. No, she's not supposed to talk to civilians on a co-ops mission. And no, she's most definitely not supposed to fake a whole other life, including being homeschooled for religious reasons and having a cat names Suzie. But Cammie does all of this - and more. After all, how bad can sneaking out every few nights to see a cute boy be? Well, she's about to find out.
This is an AMAZING book. I don't normally like romance or anything, but this is seriously amazing. Think whole days that you can only talk in French, people walking around with rappelling lines in their cufflinks, and a Covert Operations teacher who occasionally abducts some of his students(for the sake of the class, of course). It's like a cross between James Bond, Johnny English, and...I don't know, a well-written romance novel? Except waaay less sappy? Read it. NOW.

Feb 09, 2013

Cameron Morgan, daughter of the famous Rachel Morgan has been a spy since she could walk and in all her spy career she can never remembered being seen... But that all crashes and now shes seen by almost every person who sees her when shes in town, to her it seems everyone knows Josh and she can't risk her mom finding out... follow her on her quest to spy and lie her way out of this mess

Jan 02, 2012

Cammie Morgan, a fifteen year girl who goes to Gallagher Academy, meets an ordinary boy named Josh while on a mission. It seems like they are the perfect couple, but what Josh doesn't know is that Cammie is a spy, and Cammie can never tell him the truth. Cammie, Bex, and Liz, her best friends, sneak behind everyone's backs to keep this secret. But will this relationship last? Read to find out! :D LOL I sound like a salesperson.

A 15 year old girl goes out on a spy misson out of the ordinary she meets josh a teenage boy who thinks shes an ordinary girl Cammie Morgan goes out with Josh tring to keep a secrete that shes a spy!


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