Review: Get Even (Don’t Get Mad, #1) by Gretchen McNeil

get-evenTitle: Get Even (Don’t Get Mad, #1)

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

The Blurb

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.”

The Review

Christmas 2014 I asked a friend of mine to get me Get Even as a Christmas present. We have a long standing tradition of giving each other a list of books and selecting a few off the list to give each other. Inevitably, once we have read our selection of books we then swap them. It is the circle of book life.

However, Get Even by Gretchen McNeil has been sitting on my bookshelf since that Christmas. I have a million other books to read so it was put on my ever growing book pile. This year I took over from the aforementioned friend in helping to run a school library and since we have no budget for books I have been systematically been working my way through all the YA fiction that I own so that I can donate it to the school and help encourage a culture of reading. After reading Get Even I cursed myself for having waited so long. It is bloody brilliant.

The premise of the book is that four high school girls come together to right the wrongs in their high school like modern day superheroes but without the cool costumes. In all seriousness, the four girls couldn’t be more different, they don’t hang around with each other a friends and it is questionable if they even like each other but together they have formed DGM – a secret underground group that helps the helpless.

My one bug bear about Get Even was that as I got ever so close to the end I kept thinking to myself that this book best not end on a cliffhanger because I did not have the second book in the series in my possession. It ended on a cliffhanger. Woe is me.

My recommendation is this:

  • Read Get Even – you won’t regret it.
  • Buy the sequel as soon as you start the first book. Your sanity relies on it!

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil is available now.

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