Thursday, July 26, 2007

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

I haven't been reading a lot of young adult books lately, but I had been told that they were getting better. So, I decided to leave my traditional reading for a bit and check out this book by Ally Carter. It came out in May 2006, so it had been around the block at my library. I actually had to put in on hold and wait. While it did make some cool lists (2007-2008 Texas Lone Star reading list and 2007 Amelia Bloomer list) and won the 2007-2008 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Reader it hasn't made a best seller list. I'm actually a little surprised. At 288 pages, it's one of the quickest reads I've had in a while. It was very enjoyable, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Ally Carter introduces us to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a school everyone thinks is for rich heiresses. Actually it's a spy school for teenage girls. And guess what they don't prepare you for? Falling in love. Especially with the boy next door! And that exactly what happens to Cammie Morgan on her first covert operations mission. Cammie's friends come up with some terrific exploits to find out if her normal boy actually is interested in her. Not that hte traditional G.A. students have a clue hor to figure that out. Good thing they have a new roommate!

The book goes on to tell of Cammie's dates, her worries, and exactly what happens when it comes out that she's been lying about being a Gallagher girl.

Big Thanks to all the great people who put together the Hidden Treasures Summer Reading Contest. I'm thrilled to have been introduced to Ally Carter's work, and just might have to start spending more time in the young adult section of the local library!


Amazon Alanna said...

I teach reading to emotionally disturbed teens, so I have the best excuse in the world to read YA books. I love Garth Nix, an Australian Fantasy writer.

Camille Alexa said...

YA is where it's at. Try M.T. Anderson and Justine Larbalestier.

Anonymous said...

The Twilight, New Moon, and eclipse books by Stephanie Meyer are a great series to try!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, Jarlynn... I'm popping in (I'm sorry I didn't leave a comment last time! That was bad of me!) to thank you for playing in Summer's Hidden Treasures and to show my thanks with a prize!

If you'd be so kind as to e-mail me (susan at west of mars dot com -- no spaces and all the usual stuff), I'll forward your name and address on to the author; your prize will come directly from Amy, I believe.


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