Review: I’d Tell You I Loved You but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

You girls are pretty smart. But you’re also kind of stupid.

I never read Gallagher Girls when I was a young teen, and that seemed like something I should do something about, so I decided to start this series, and boy it did not disappoint.

Gallagher Girls is a book directed at a young target audience, at least this first book I could imagine being aimed at 12-15 year olds. It makes sense the characters in this book are 15. This does mean that the book is a bit cheesy, it’s very superficial with not too many deep subjects. It’s meant to be a fun book for young teens to read about a group of girls at spy school.

It does this brilliantly, part of my reasoning behind picking up these books was also that i wanted something a little faster to read. I knew the book would be kinda superficial and i honestly have nothing against that. Cammie is what you’d expect from this kind of book, she’s funny and quirky, and she falls in love with the wrong guy. You see it’s kinda clichéd, but as long as you go into the book knowing this it’s just fun.

All these years I’d thought being a spy was challenging. Turns out, being a girl is the tricky part.

A place where this book did differ from all the teen books written at this time, was that there is no girl on girl hate in this. And the fact that is even a feat is kind of sad. But Gallagher Girls is a series that focusses on the relationships between teenage girls, and how they support and love each other.

This wa like a breath of fresh air if you think about how many ya books have girl on girl hate as a trope. That is not to say that all the drama og teenage girls are glossed over, because they aren’t, instead they are dealt with in the ways real friends would actually deal with them, and that’s lovely to read. Sisterhood and the relationships they’ve made at school are important to the characters, and it’s easy to see on every page.

“Women of the Gallagher Academy, who comes here?” she asked.

Just then, every girl at every table (even the newbies) stood and said in unison, “We are the sisters of Gillian.”

“Why do you come?” my mother asked.

“To learn her skills. Honor her sword. And keep her secrets.”

“To what end do you work?”

“To the cause of justice and light.”

“How long will you strive?”

“For all the days of our lives,” we finished and I felt a little like a character in one of my grandma’s soap operas.

This is a good, but kind of superficial first book in a series, it interests the reader, while still being written for younger teens.



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