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

Paperback - 2010
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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 ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2010, c2006.
ISBN: 9780545284325
Characteristics: 284 pages ;,20 cm.

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ALittlePixieDust
Nov 30, 2020

Cammie Morgan is a student at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women -- a school claimed to be for geniuses but is really for spies. Along with her best friends Bex, Liz, and Macy, Cammie undercovers secrets, runs from a murderer, and does the toughest thing for her yet -- fall in love. This is my favorite series ever! All the characters are super lovable and the crazy missions they have make it even better. There is thrill, humor, adventure, and a little romance thrown into the mix. This is the first book in the Gallagher Girls series and it only gets better from here.

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JASDEEP TATLA
Aug 07, 2020

This is an amazing book and so is the entire series! I would recommend this to people over 12 since I think they would relate to it more. It has a bunch of suspense and made me keep reading! Ally Carter strikes again!

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Bibli0phile6
Jun 07, 2020

This book (and the rest in the series) is one of my new favorites! I absolutely loved it! It was funny, and light and I absolutely devoured the series. Anyone looking for a fun teen-girl spy novel should read this!

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sabeehab
Apr 14, 2020

So this was a book that I have been meaning to read for a while now, and with the stay at home order still in place, I thought this would be the perfect time to read this book! I thought it was fantastic. Ally Carter definitely brings the whit and charm to not only the main characters, but also the supporting characters. Her character writing is phenomenal. Cammie Morgan, the main character, is normal teenage girl, even though she is a spy. She is actually relatable in her actions as a teenage girl, especially when getting her first crush on a boy. That's what I love; even though these girls come from extraordinary backgrounds and have extraordinary skills, they also face the same obstacles that normal teenagers face every day, such as crushing on a person, dealing with the death of a family member, and so on. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to just laugh a little and have a distraction.

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kvanmooresma
Oct 23, 2019

Okay, I'm not going to tell you that these books are destined to be classics, but I love them, as does my teen daughter.

If you go into this series with the idea of a fun read, not expecting it to be serious or terribly realistic (I mean, it's a spy series! How realistic is James Bond?), then it's just really enjoyable.

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PiperLyons
Jun 01, 2019

This book is great! Love it!

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Janeenfloro
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.

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WoodneathAlexa
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.

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ellaavrahami
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.

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blue_dog_34171
Nov 18, 2020

blue_dog_34171 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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JASDEEP TATLA
Aug 07, 2020

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Feb 17, 2017

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Aug 21, 2014

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Jul 23, 2013

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readingfairy
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."

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kenzb97
Jul 10, 2012

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

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kenzb97
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).”

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kenzb97
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.”

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kenzb97
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?)”

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tillysnow1
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.

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hhrgrock
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

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EvilLibrarianz
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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