I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You

A couple of weeks ago I had to take a bus to Ottawa. While I used to be able to read on the bus without any issues I seem to have lost much of that talent (sometimes it's still ok...but mostly not). Thank goodness for audiobooks. Listening to music the whole way tends to drive me a bit batty. I'd read a few reviews of Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You back when it first came out a couple of years ago. Since it was available I figured why not?

Cami goes to a school that takes "gifted and talented" to a new level. She attends the very prestigious Gallagher Academy but why the school is prestigious depends on who you ask. If you ask the local townspeople they will tell you that the school is full of snotty rich girls. If you ask someone in the CIA/FBI/etc they will tell you it's an elite all-girl spy training school. Which it is. And Cami is a Gallagher legacy. Her mother is not only an alumni, she's also the school's headmistress. And her father was a spy too...but he went off on a mission once and never came back.

Overall though Cami's life is pretty good. She's a sidewalk artist - the spies that blend into the crowd. Her codename is Cameleon. She's very good a blending in, at being the person that people don't see. But then when on a mission someone does see her - more specifically a boy sees her. A boy that shows her a different part of life, the type of life that she's only seen on tv and movies. Of course, he doesn't know that she's a Gallagher or a spy. And she's going to do everything she can to keep it that way.

It's predictable and it has the normal teenage girl cliches. But the spy school thing was a nice twist. A fun twist too. I kind of would like to go to Gallagher Academy. I'll be checking out the sequel to this one, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy at some point.

While I like Cami I almost wish that the series was going to be told through all of her friends as well - one book for Cami, one book for Becks (the first and only student from the UK), one from Liz (the brilliant bookworm) and one from Macy (a spoiled little rich girl). But there's enough unanswered questions about Cami (and her family) to leave lots of interesting things to explore in a sequel. Apparently the author would like to write about 6 books so I'm guessing the questions about Cami's dad are going to come out very slowly (all I can say it that it better not be a "Patricia Cornwall death faked for their own protection and then put into the Witness Protection Program" kind of thing because that would make me really angry).