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

Title: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1)

Author: Ally Carter

Date of publication: April 25th, 2006

Publisher: Orchard Books

Print length: Paperback, 309 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Spy Thriller, Romance

Edition: Paperback

You can buy this book from Amazon

signature-fonts ★★★☆☆

Writing Quality 4/5, Character Development 2/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 2/5, Intellectual Depth 1/5, Originality 4/5, Overall 2.6/5.


I grew up watching spy movies and wishing that someday I could become one. Get Smart was one of my favourites, and I loved the role Anne Hathway was playing. That film had and still has a huge impact on me, and when I found this book at a local bookstore for 4 lei (roughly 1 euro), I was eager to try it. It was in excellent condition too, and there was nothing I could have lost by taking it home, so here I am, writing its review.

“You okay?” She asked, because that’s a best firend’s job.

“Yes,” I lied, because that’s what spies do.

The book was quite easy to read, and the writing style was clear and simple, maybe a bit too simple if you ask me. There wasn’t much happening even if it was a book about spies. The first things that come to my mind when thinking of spies are action, dynamicity, being breathless, but this book has been none of those things. It was plain. I know that the main theme of this book was falling in love, but sometimes it felt like the fact that Cammie was a student in an elite academy, was for nothing. I was expecting more drama and more action.

[…] maybe it’s only fitting that relationship that started with a lie would end with one.

Even if it wasn’t the most action-packed book I have ever seen, it still was fun to read. The characters were cute, and there were parts when the story was funny, but not funny enough so I can laugh my ass off. There were parts when you felt like you were flying through the pages, but not necessarily in a good way.

Mr. Solomon was right the worst kind of torture is watching someone you love get hurt.

Overall, it was a good book but not the best. I could see myself reading the other books in this series, but I am not dying to. I think that if I was younger, I would have loved this book a lot more. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You is quite suitable for a younger audience (12-years-old, 13 or even 14).


Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

She encourages you to visit her online at allycarter.com and embassyrowbooks.com.


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