Author: Ally Carter
I'm going to cheat again and quote the jacket copy, because really there's no improving on this:
"Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallager Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school - typical, 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.
There's only one way to describe this book, and it's "crazy good fun." Yes, OK, the school and spy technology are a little over the top (Velcro was not invented by a Gallagher girl!), but who cares when you're rolling on the floor laughing? It's a rare book that can actually make me do that, so big props to Ally Carter for this one.
"Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of kiling a man seven different ways with her bare hands, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinadry 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?"
She also gets props for cramming so many layers into such a slim book. I'd Tell You I Love You has boy trouble (of course), school trouble, friend trouble, and a family crisis, and the subplots are skillfully meshed. My favorite aspect of the book is that the fish-out-of-water story is reversed - it's not the international intrigue Cammie and her friends find terrifying, but the idea of talking to boys - and I loved the way the girls apply their hard-won spy skills to this new and daunting challenge.
A fabulous book for fans of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries and Mediator series. I can't wait to read the next one!
For more info on Ally Carter and her books, visit her website.