Quick Thoughts: “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 (Gallagher Girls #1)” by Ally Carter

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Other Gallagher Girls books

Source: Free audiobook from SYNC

Summary from Goodreads:

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.



  • I was surprised at how juvenile this story was. It felt very much like a Disney Channel movie. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that but it wasn’t quite what I wanted.
  • I was a bit disappointed with how much of spy school was skimmed over. Cammie mentions classes but we never really get to see how those classes are. Maybe we get to see more in future books?
  • This would be a great book (series?) for tweens trying out YA as well as those who enjoy YA books without language and violence.
  • Love the Girl Power vibe. In the end, these girls absolutely have each others backs.
  • I wasn’t terribly impressed with narration of the book. If I pick up the next installment, I’ll make sure to grab a physical copy.

The bottom line? Fun but not quite satisfying.

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