Thursday, January 21, 2010

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

I really wanted to like I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. The concept, a boarding school for girls training to be spies, has so many amazing possibilities. It’s where I wish I had gone to high school. Plus, the covers (with their faceless girls in school uniforms) are a real knockout. I was so excited when I learned that someone donated these books from our wishlist.

Unfortunately, I’d Tell You is nearly impossible to get through. The story is slow (how can that be? Ally Carter is writing about teenage girl spies!) and the love story takes forever to progress. There are very few surprises along the way and the characters are caricatures—stereotypes that no one really fits into. It’s not just me; my students usually end up abandoning these books as well. I wish that we had only added one book from the series to the wishlist and that the $20 that were spent on the other two could be spent on extra copies of The Hunger Games or the Angela Johnson novels that keep “disappearing” as quickly as we buy them.

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