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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ally Carter: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

Funds are super-tight this summer, so I'm at the mercy of my public library. They don't have the best selection of new books, so, instead of complaining about that, I'm using this time to read older books. If this tells you anything about my library, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter was shelved with the new books, and I'm the first person to check it out.


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.

The story took a while to get going but, once it did, I couldn't stop reading.

It's a typical start of a new school year, but Cammie's friends aren't typical. They spent the summer in places like Singapore, Cairo, and Johannesburg.

And the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women isn't your typical school. They're encouraged to speak different languages during dinner. They have paper that dissolves when you put it in your mouth (Evapopaer). The halls are filled with secret passageways.

The classes aren't typical either. They are spies in training after all.

One night, Cammie's Covert Operations class is moved outdoors to a fair, where the girls are asked to put their techniques to use. That's when Cammie meets Josh, and the girls embark on their biggest mission yet-- to figure out boys!

What I liked best about Cammie and her friends is that they are smart and resourceful. It was a good example of how you can like boys and care about fashion, but not be a total airhead. I'm excited to see what happens next!

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