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It should come as no great surprise after my Waiting on Wednesday post a couple weeks ago that I adore the Gallagher Girls series and Ally Carter in general. I found I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You at a Scholastic book sale I went to with my mom. I'm not 100% sure what year it was. LYKY was published in April 2006 which meant that I was in the final month of my high school career so if we go with that sale occuring in 2006, I was already past Disney-Hyperion's intended age demographic. I can't stress this enough: I didn't care. I picked up the book because it had a clever title, a cute cover, and an interesting summary: girl at all-girls spy school falls for normal boy. Hijinks ensue. I had no idea that I was fall for this series hard and fast. I eagerly (and impatiently) awaited each new installment and bought them all on release day. I think at some point, I traded in my beloved (and, to be honest, abused) first copies of LYKY and Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (seriously, Ally and her editors must have had a blast coming up with these names!) for hardcovers so they'd match. Yeah, I'm picky like that.
Well, I may have been "too old" to be part of the key demographic, but the Gallagher Girls series has been a favorite of mine since then. Ally Carter has been on the list of my favorite authors long before I started reading Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, and Gayle Forman. In fact, I think the only people who may precede her on that list of authors-whose-work-I-stalk-maniacally-and-automatically-buy-when-they-publish are Meg Cabot, Suzanne Collins (I was reading her work years before The Hunger Games, y'all, to be perfectly hipster about it), and yes, J.K. Rowling. So, yes, GG is older than Vampire Academy, older than Twilight, older than The Mortal Instruments, older than most of the huge series and trilogies we swqueal over today. And yet, now that I face the end of the published tales of Cammie, Bex, Liz, Macy, Zack, Josh, Mr. Solomon, and the other inhabitants of the Gallagher Academy For Exceptional Young Women, I don't feel quite ready for it to be over. I feel like it should have a long life left, and I don't quite know what to do with myself in the face of such a monumental reading moment, other than brace myself for what's sure to be an explosive conclusion full of feels and, hopefully, shirtless Zach.
In April, I know I talk about it ad nauseum, I went to the TLA conference, and I had the opportunity to FINALLY meet Ally. As soon as I knew she'd be there, I called my mom and ordered her to mail me my GG collection immediately upon pain of death (not really. My mom actually started reading them because I talked about them all the time. She loves them almost as much as I do. Almost). I had Ally sign every single GG book I own, plus all three of my Heist Society novels. I'm cruel, it's true, but she did it graciously and with a smile on her face. Also, I got back in line every time I hit the book limit so I was trying to be nice to my fellow conference attendees! I ALSO had Ally sign three extra books: paperback copies of LYKY, Cross My Heart, and Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover. These I want to pass on to one of you. This series has meant so much to me over the years, and I want to share that with one of you.
This giveaway is for US citizens only! Sorry, everybody else; I just can't afford international multi-book shipping anymore. I'll do another for you soon. This giveaway runs through midnight CST September 9. Please please please familiarize yourselves with my giveaway policies! I really hate to disqualify entries, but I will if I find any that are not following the rules I have set for my giveaways. These policies can be found in the Review / Site Policies tab at the top of the page. Good luck!
If you've read the books:
1. What is your favorite class offered at the Gallagher Academy?
2. Who would you like to go undercover with as a partner?
If you haven't read the books:
3. If you were a spy, what tools would you want to have in your spy kit?
4. Would you rather: A. Be a spy and fall in love with a normal person? B. Be normal and fall in love with a spy? C. Be a spy and fall in love with a spy...who is your enemy? Dum dum dum!
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