Author: Gretchen McNeil
Series: Book One in the Don't Get Mad Series
Published By: Balzer & Bray (September 16, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary/Friendship/Social Issues
My Rating: 3 Stars
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.
Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.
When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
Sometimes I just need a really good YA read and when I can find one from an author that I already love, it is even better. Throw in a well written story, a thought out plot line, a mystery, slight romance and relatable characters and you have seriously just hit the jackpot.
McNeil's debut blew me away when I read it so of course I wanted to read whatever she happened to dabble in next so it was without hesitation that I picked up Get Even.
If her first book NIL taught me anything it was that I just knew I was going to be in for a crazy ride. One where no clear answers are out there in the open and one where you will be left guessing at every single thing that happened from who did it to even who are really the good guys and who weren't. Who can be trusted and who is as guilty as all get out.
There are no clear answers to anything but instead of frustrating you (okay it might still very well frustrate a lot of you) and making you want to chuck the book across the room, you are left with even more curiosity with where the author is going to go next and eager to learn more and maybe even a little disappointed when it comes to the end of the book and you realize you ended up with way more questions than answers hoping the next book delivers then all.
This turned out to be a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Friendships being established, broken down and then rebuilt again. With four girls coming together over a common bond and goal. Four girls who couldn't be more different in every single way possible. Learning how to trust one another and get past their insecurities and distrust for others to hopefully accomplish something great in the end, to get justice for those that have been bullied and wronged.
Was this book perfect? Not at all, in fact I would even wager to believe there are a lot of people out there that will dislike it strongly, but if you go into this without any expectations and an open mind to have a good time with the murder mystery aspect and all the conspiracies and vigilant antics, I think you will have a good time and be able to enjoy it, I know I did.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*