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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Author: Carter, Ally
Originally Published: 2006
Publisher: Hyperion

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill YouI’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is Carter’s first YA book. It takes place at The Gallagher Academy, which, to all appearances is just your typical all-girls boarding school. Except for the fact that it’s totally not – it’s spy school. Cammie is a sophmore at the school, comes from a family of spies, and is known as a chameleon as she has a tendency to become “invisible.” Until a normal boy from a normal neighbourhood spots her, that is.

This book was laugh-out-loud funny. Most books yeah, they make me smile and sometimes giggle, but this one actually had me outright laughing. The narration was just so amusing at parts. And, oh, the references to pop culture – any book that mentions Indiana Jones is seriously cool, let me tell you that much.

I’ve now begun wondering why on earth I never got addicted to Alias like so many other people seem to have done.

(On a side note, they totally did the binding upside down. When you take the cover off, the spine is completely the wrong way.)

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 9:58 pm May 5, 2006.
Category: Young Adult
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  • rachel

    too cute. want to read it NOW

  • jmfausti

    I went to request this from my library, but they don’t have it. Instead, I requested the last half dozen books that you’ve read. I’m just a glutton for punishment.

    I’m not surprised they don’t have it yet, it just came out at the beginning of May and I know that my library at least takes a good long while with certain books before they even have it in stock, if they ever do get it. Boo to that. But I hope that you do find some books that you enjoy out of the ones I’ve read. –C

  • D33P@

    I read this book, too, and I also though it was great! =) But the binding on my book is just fine…=/

  • Lia

    Hey, loved this book!!!!!!!!! are u going 2 write a sequel????

  • Beckah Roberts

    Dude by what I have read this seems like a really good book and I hope I will enjoy it more than other people.


  • chdifg

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!!! there is going to be another one that comes out in oct. this year!

  • Sofia

    I love this book!!! i can’t wait for the next, ally carter is the best author in the world (maybe and exageration, but still she’s awesome!)
    I really hope she keeps going with these books, they will be big hits one day!!!

  • S

    The book was really good, but in my book, they forgot to print one page :[

  • Court

    S – That’s not fun that you were missing a page. :( Did you take it back to the bookstore where you bought it from for an exchange? They usually do that if the book is missing pages, I think…

  • Ceci

    If you liked this book you should read the sequel:
    “Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy”

  • Court

    Ceci – I have read it, and enjoyed it quite immensely, thank you. :)

  • Sid

    It was really a great book. I’m glad that my friend reccomended it to me. I love the first, but the second was better. Thanks so much!

  • massie

    is there a 3rd book by the way i love the books they are soo good i never want to stop reading and thats saying something b/c before i read the first book i hated reading

  • jules

    oh my GOSHHH I LOVE THOSE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!
    i cant wait till next year to read the 3rd one.
    tell me when are the auditions for the movie?? i have toy know:P

  • laura

    i think they should DEFFFFFF make a movie about this!
    i want to watch it! right now! ahhaha,
    make a movieeeeeeeeeeeeeee<333

  • daughter3

    OMG when i first read the title i completly fell in love with it. is there going to be a movie or what! i really want to know e-mail me at if you know. i really really want to know. <3

  • meg

    great books. i just got done reading the second. they sould really make a movie!!! i really hope there is a third. the end of the second sounds like there should be.

  • abby

    I read the second book in paperback and there was a sneak peak at the third!!! it sounds really good. anyways, if you look on the back of the first book, it says, “optioned for film by walt disney pictures.” cant wait!

  • shannon

    Hey i don’t have pages 133 and 134! what to do?

  • hannah

    i love this book!!!=]
    all my friends were like you have to read it and i have to admit i am not a big reader and then i had to read it for school so it was good since i planed on reading it.Then i started it and i thought it was boring but then i got into it and it is amazing. If u like non stop action read this book!!!!THE 2nd book rocks 2!!!

  • T-tom

    I had to read the first over the summer for a thing called summer reading lol and I’m thinking omg this sucks plus the library my stepmom works at didn’t even have the book all they had was the audio of the book so I had to listen to a book without the book! Anyways I read and well I have to say I was impressed.But shoot when I read the sequel I couldn’t believe what I was reading I loved it so much that I read it 1 day and a 1/2 normally if I didn’t like it would’ve taken like a month if not longer. I know the third book comes out June 9th 2009 so be on the lookout! I’ll try to keep you guys posted!