I picked this book up because of all the media hyper surrounding it—the Disney option and the New York Times bestseller status, not to mention the cute cover and interesting premise Who hasn’t found themselves imagining what it would be like to be a secret government operative during an especially boring Physics lecture? Behold: the appeal of this book (to me, at least).With all this in mind, why oh why was I so disappointed upon finishing it?Because this book was subpar to its media attention The writing, the characters and the subplot were average Boring I didn’t learn anything particularly new reading it, I wasn’t entertained, and I wasn’t blown away with Ally Carter’s prose What’s ironic is, the elements that would’ve made this novel a winner—such as character development, for starters—were all there The girls had interesting (and heartbreaking) backgrounds But those were for the most part ignored, except for some scenes where Cammie feels the loss that her friend could be facing and feels the loss of her own father, which I felt were the best parts in this entire novel.Because of all the superfluous jokes and oneliners inserted in places that did not require the likes of them (And usually in parentheses and followed by an exclamation point so the reader can feel the excitement!) The only comment I have of this is: Uncooked spaghetti is not as clever a weapon choice as the author seems to think it isBecause of the underdeveloped relationship between Josh (is that his name? I can’t be bothered to check) and Cammie I would’ve liked to see the beginning stages of first love instead of being told, after the fact, that they went to such and such movie or something equally nondescript With a book based on the challenges of falling in love as a spy and having to lead a double life, one would’ve thought such details of the romance would be shared from time to time.Because of the main character No way in hell is she sixteen and no way in hell is someone that average, intelligencewise, would be qualified to go to such a pizzazz school like Gallagher Academy Oh, and, how was she able to fool the adults in that place even for a second? What does that say about the school we are led to believe is The Godsend of Security?I’m not understanding what makes this as popular as it is It’s not really funny and it’s not really bright What gives? The only redeeming quality it has, in my opinion, is that it’s making me reevaluate my verdict of The Squad: Killer Spirit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which I am coming to realize is infinitely better.If I had to describe this book in a word, it’d be: Lifeless No real stakes and no stimulating qualities Get it from the library. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | PinterestIf you are looking for a refreshing YoungAdult read, with college unlike any other this is the perfect book for you! I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is the first book from the Gallagher Girl series, where we meet girls that go to a school for spies, and nobody except them, knows it The Gallagher Academy is a typical allgirlsschool, except, instead of normal subjects, they learn advanced martial arts and chemical warfare studies, they have exams where they need to spy, or go unnoticed, or steal.We meet Cammie Morgan, who happens to be the headmistress's daughter, and when she goes on a mission and gets noticed by a boy everything changes and her life is suddenly everything but normal She knows how to kill a man in seven different ways, and she can speak fourteen languages, but when a cute boy comes and says hi she is definitely not trained for that What's worst he thinks she's just an ordinary girl, and she is falling in love with him Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through town without his ever being the wiser but can she have a relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spyintraining, but in her sopho year, she's beginning her most dangerous mission falling in love I loved the writing style, and I loved something new and refreshing it is a plot that I haven't read before, and I really enjoyed it Sometimes when it felt a bit childish, I would remember I am not thirteen any, but even now at twentyone, I got lost into this silly world of spy girls and the drama and love life of Cammie I liked Cammie she is the type of girl that you would love to have as a friend, because she always makes you giggle with her silly comments I also liked how brave and honest she was not always honest though… Sometimes, she was too whiney for her own good, and making little things out of nothing, but then again, all teens kind of do that all the time, so it's acceptable I loved her friends they were such a team, and always covering their backs I loved how, even despite all their differences, they manages to fit right in and have their own impact to the group friendship Overall, quite an enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it to you guys, if you love anything YA, or fantasy, or spy girls, or college related I enjoyed this book, and I wish I read it way sooner I can't wait to read the rest of the series as well Thank you to my friend and author, Michael Kott, that send me this book after recommending it to me, as Ally Carter is one of his favourite authors, and he enjoyed this book as well Check out his book Piasa it is amazing! Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest Yes I'm a full grown adult Yes, I thought this was pretty freaking awesome! Don't laugh at me!! *scowls*These are the kinds of books I turn to when I want something fun and silly; a change of pace A highschooldramafilled book that I can read and enjoy without the need to use my brain a whole lot It doesn't claim to be a deeply significant story that will blow your mind with its complexity It's a relatively straightforward plot, but with all kinds of shameless fun, plenty of humor, an adorable romance, and of course, cool gadgets Welcome to spy school!Every time I caught a glance at the world around us, I saw another year of my life flash before my eyes.Cammie, spy in training, is witty, smart, independent, yet clueless when it comes to boys She's the perfect protagonist for this story She got me laughing at her ridiculous antics and hilarious inner (sometimes outer) dialogue Obviously, being a teenager, she makes plenty of dumb decisions especially when it comes to a boy she likes However, her own logic is intelligent enough to make it rather amusing instead of annoying Alongside Cammie we've got a truly fantastic cast of supporting characters who are wellrendered with relevant roles and loud personalities Friends, family, teachers, classmates, outsiders; there's a big bunch of colorful characters which I think is the main reason why I enjoyed this rather fluffy plot so much The spy elements in the story are kept fairly simple We do see the characters in spymode, but it's nothing that got me taking notes (yet Hey, you never know!) I found this book to beof an introduction to the spyschool We begin to uncover the secrets behind Gallagher Academy, which is thought to be a school for privileged elites, but instead, brims with magical possibilities and secret passageways Oh, and martial arts training!! Boarding school stories are a guilty pleasure of mine It's unfamiliar territory for me in my small town, nowhere, Canada; I find myself enchanted by their mystique Since I know we've only just scratched the surface of this uncanny school, I'm particularly looking forward to digging deeper inside its walls, as well as its inhabitants This first book in the Gallagher Girls series has a plot that concentrateson the cute, though predictable, romance between the protagonist and an outsider who has no idea what he's getting into.Strangely, with this said, regardless of how different both series obviously are, I kept being reminded of Harry Potter The magical, secretive school, the large cast of sparkling personalities; evidently this series is quite a bitfrivolous and lighthearted (at least so far), but the vibe I get from it feels similar Fun and quirky, immature at times, implausible yet entertaining, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You which by the way I have to admit I love the titles in this series is a delightful escape from reality Yes it's written for young'uns, but damn it, I had fun too!Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.comWelcome to The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, an allgirls school located just outside of Roseville, Virginia Anyone looking at this elite private boarding school would see just what The Gallagher Academy wants you to seea preppy school for privileged girls, complete with a guardhouse and stone wall to keep the curious away from their precious charges And they'd be right, of course, and yet they would be so very, very wrong! Because The Gallagher Academy isn't exactly what it appears to be It's an elite school, that's for sure, and the only boys who grace its grounds are the male teachers After that, though, the similarities between The Gallagher Academy and every other elite boarding school in the world ends Instead of math and reading, English and horsebackriding, the girls who attend this school take courses in Covert Operations, Ancient Languages, Countries of the World, Culture and Assimilation, and Protection and Enforcement The Gallagher Academy is, in a word, a school for spies Cammie Morgan is a secondgeneration Gallagher girlher mother, who also attended the school, is now the headmistress Her two best friends, Liz and Bex, are both supersmart, and the best spiesintraining she knows (except for Liz's lack of coordination, but that's another story) Cammie has spent most of her life inside the walls of The Gallagher Academy, and now that another semester is starting, complete with new CoveOps teacher, hunky Joe Solomon, she's really looking forward to the new school year But then things start to get a little out of control Mr Solomon seems to know all about Cammie's missingandpresumeddead father She meets a boy in town, Josh, who finally sees her, really sees her, like no one else ever has After all, she didn't get her nickname, the chameleon, for nothing But now Cammie is balancing on a dangerous ledgeknowing that no one outside of the gates of The Gallagher Academy can ever know who she truly is, and wanting nothingthan to spill all of her secrets to Josh As lies tangle with truths, as first love duels with obligation, Cammie will need to learn exactly what it means to be a spy, her mother's daughter, and a young girl falling in love I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU is a wonderful, laughoutloud, actionadventure extravaganza Filled with plenty of cool gadgets, intriguing teachers, and heartpounding firstlove moments to keep the reader interested, you won't be able to put this book down once you start A true winner, and I definitely can't wait for a sequel! This whole book was a buzzkill I came for spies and bada*sery and instead got soul mates and pukeinducing clichesI would most definitely consider this as middle school genre rather than YA bc it really lacks in the writing, the plot, and the characters The writing is so juvenile and the humour is so forced im still cringing from exposureThe characters are annoying as frick man I’d like to propose a new rule, the first being that a 14 year old should not refer to their spy teacher as ‘sexy’ or ‘smokin’’ bc that just made me retch into a binThe only reason I read this book, is bc I made a deal with the devil, and she still hadn’t done her part of the deal but I’m forced to commit myself to the rest of this series and now im mourning over my existenceAt least the books are short but im honestly praying that this series gets a whole lot better bc its so boring and mundane and PREDICTABLE as hell right nowLike honestly, there was SUCH an opportunity to twist the whole story around and make it 110%interesting (view spoiler)[ if Josh had been in on everything that would be been at least 7/10 (hide spoiler)] *3.75/5 stars* “You shouldn't judge someone until you've walk a mile through an underground tunnel in her uncomfortable shoes” I had a tough time deciding on the final rating of this book: Most of the time, my enjoyment was on the 4 star level, but this book also isn't flawless and some parts begged forlogical 3 star rating In the end, I'm going to give it lower 4 stars, because it was so much fun and an amazing introduction to a potentially kick butt series I'm very excited to continue!One of the things I enjoyed most about it was the setting of the secret spy school! The Gallagher Academy iself, the teachers and subjects I found myself wanting to knowabout each individual subject especially I'm hoping we get to know muchabout the classes in the sequels “If you can be still enough and common enough, then it's really easy to be invisible.” Another pro of this book: Gallagher Academy is an all girls boarding school, so there was a lot of female friendship! Each girl has her own distinctive personality and it was simply fun to follow Cammie and the girls attending espionage classes and taking on their new spy project involving The Subject of Cammie's interest “Did you say something Macey?' I asked, but she cut me a look that could kill She reached into her bag, ripped off a sliver of Evapopaper, and scribbled:'Can we study tonight? (Tell anyone, and I'll kill you in you sleep!)” It was a lot of fun Fast and easy read to get through quickly But at the same time, the humour combined with some slightlyserious elements, which makes me hope foraction, intrigue and general kick assness in the sequels.The romantic aspect of the book was just okish The romance wasn't the strongest point of the book, which I stated above, but nor was it a con either Josh, alias, The Subject was rather bland character Nice, normal guy, but very bland character overall That's why I like the first half and the very last part of the bookthan the second half The second half was a bit too focused on the romantic aspect, understandably, but it just wasn't my favourite Cute but ultimately forgottable aspect of the book for me Relating to that, there was the minor thing that made me cringe How much the town kids disliked and dismayed the supposedly rich boarding school girls Like Josh's friend, Dillon, hated them so much he even lowered to publicly harassing a girl, for no reason whatsoever Because she was rich and priviledged to him And I can also point out that he lives in a middle class american suburban neighborhood, which the heroine described as very nice looking He is a privileged kid himself, so don't even start me on that oneHim, and the other guys in his group, to not only disdain but outright mock and hate on the girls 24/7 was just such an unecessary element to the book Not prevalent throughout, don't worry, but it was not my fave Over the top unrealistic and fake, and honestly, nope But this is about the only real con I have about the book, so safe to say it was a great ride anyway “Women of the Gallagher Academy, who comes here? she asked Just then, every girl at every table (even the newbies) stood and said in unison, We are the sisters of Gillian Why do you come? my mother asked To learn her skills Honor her sword And keep her secrets.To what end do you work? To the cause of justice and light How long will you strive? For all the days of our lives, we finished and I felt a little like a character in one of my grandma's soap operas.” *********************************THE GALLAGHER GIRLS CAST:Cameron (Cammie) MorganCodename: The ChameleonInfo: Main heroine Her mother, Rachel Morgan, is kick ass headmistress of the Gallagher Academy Good at going unnoticed Rebecca (Bex) BaxterCodename: The DuchessInfo: Only Brittish student of the Academy Loves attention and danger Beautiful Good actress Elizabeth (Liz) SuttonCodename: The BookwormInfo: Studious Smart A clutz in the field Loves taking notes Macey McHenryCodename: nonexistent yetInfo: The newcommer Seemingly perfect Rich father Lonely Hard on the outside, nice on the inside *somewhere deep down*********************************Overall: a great start to a fun spy series, with boarding school setting, girl friendship and lots of promise. I am a daydreamer—I think most readers are As a freshman in high school, I had a recurring fantasy about being a spy At the time, I was taking Russian classes (back when the Cold War was a recent memory) and spent hours imagining what life would be like if I’d been bred for espionage What if I were fluent in fourteen languages? What if I could kill a man (or woman) with a ketchup bottle?I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is my teenage fantasy come to life.Cammie Morgan has an elite spy heritage Her mother is a former spy, and her father died plying his trade She attends Gallagher Academy, an allfemale spy school, and knows over a dozen languages, several forms of martial arts, and the tango Cammie is the epitome of female empowerment.So, why did this young adult novel leave me disappointed?I often had the sense that the book, the first in a series, is just a glorified screenplay The action scenes—and there are several—do not play well on paper and seem better suited to the screen In one scene, Cammie’s friend, Liz, dangles precariously from a rooftop: “She tried to hang on to a gutter, but slipped, and soon she was swinging off the side of thehouse” (112) I couldn’t help but wonder if Carter envisioned a movie as she wrote these scenes.I love young adult novels—and sometimes I worry I still have the mentality of a 13yearold This book, though, allayed my fears One of Cammie’s teachers—Mr Solomon—is a sexy former spy I kept wishing forof Mr Solomon I wondered if there was a possible romance brewing between him and Cammie's widowed mother I caredabout his love life than Cammie’s And that is not a good sign.I am, officially, old. Cute, funny, entertaining, very definitely young adult but still well written and readable for an older age group.I read this for a challenge and was glad I did, as it probably would not have been on my reading list otherwise and I would have missed out! For once, the girl was an individual who kept to her main target in life despite having to sacrifice some personal things along the way that included her boyfriend.The action takes place in a school which is reminiscent of Hogwarts only this time it is for spying, not magic And all the pupils are girls With extremely high IQs It was all very interesting.A fun read and one which I am just going to have to follow up I now need to know what happens to Cammie and Josh next!!! The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical allgirls school, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class So in truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but its really a school for spies Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sopho year she's already 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 one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for 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 his 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 sopho year, shes beginning her most dangerous mission; she's falling in love REREAD: July 2015 Since, I finished Gallagher Girls recently, certain things has been bugging I simply have to read it All I can say is I love it so much better now And I could help but to chuckle darkly at what's about to come for them Oh my sweet summer children Initial reading date: January 20, 2015Gallagher Girls has been sitting in my kindle for a while and I actually tried reading it before, but I wasn't impressed with the writing.The funny thing about it, I talk like the protagonist online and offline I used a lot of exclamation points and unnecessary parenthesis I didn't realized how annoying that is until I'm not the one who's doing it The good thing is, I got used to it and it eventually got better This is not a perfect book There were some snubbing other girls part, but overall it is sweet and adventurous