Spies and Lies: I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

To most people the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is just another prep school for the daughters of the rich and famous.  At least that’s what they want you to think…

Cammie Morgan is a sophomore at the Gallagher Academy.  Yes, it’s a girls prep school, but they’re these girls are prepping for something special.  They’re prepping to one day become spies. Cammie and her fellow students aren’t studying for the SAT, or for college placements, instead they study subjects like advanced martial arts, chemical warfare, and covert ops (just to name a few).

Cammie is known for being the chameleon, the one no one sees.  Until one night on a covert ops assignment in town she gets seen.  Although Cammie is fluent in fourteen different languages and is capable of taking down an attacker in more than seven different ways she has no idea what to do when the ordinary boy is interested in her, who he thinks is just an ordinary girl.

Of course Cammie can’t tell Josh (the ordinary boy) who she really is and what the Gallagher Academy is really all about.  So, she creates a fake version of herself, or her legend; every good spy has one.  Soon Josh is falling for Cammie, the one he thinks is home schooled, travels the world with her peace corp parents,  and has a cat names Susie.

Is it possible to have a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? Will it ever be safe for Josh to see past the lies and love the girl spy?
I seriously loved this book (the first in the Gallagher Girls series).  It’s so light and fun; a definite must for anyone looking to “de-stress” for a while, especially for female readers grades 5 and up.  Cammie is a really easy character to connect with and her friends are likable and funny, especially Bex, the British one.  Although the main plot line of the book is the romance between Cammie and Josh, there are strong messages of friendship and loyalty at the core.  Definitely a smart and witty read.

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