Review: Get Even

Get Even
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

Ah, my reading slump has ended thanks to this brilliant book. Get Even hooked me right from chapter 3, when I got past the introduction of the new characters, and things got into play. The story is pretty fast-paced, even though it takes place over a timeline of barely a few weeks. The plot-line is akin to that of the ABC show ‘Revenge’, only the girls of Don’t Get Mad (the title of the series and the name of the main girls squad) have people on their revengenda in an somewhat altruistic manner. Think Totally Spies meets Revenge.
There is Kitty, the leader of the group and the one who keeps the peace between these girls. Bree is the field agent, who does the reconnaissance and the grabbing of dirty laundry. Olivia is part of the popular girl squad, but she feels haunted by a mistake she made a few years ago when trying to impress her peers. Margot, the geek of the group, has her own reasons to take down the head bitch, but first she wants to get revenge for others. So, basically four girls from different parts of the school, who secretly organize revenge pranks on the bullies, including a coach who was hard on a student. They are in the line of fire, thanks to a principal who suddenly wakes up and realizes his school is not the teen utopia he thought it was. Making matters worse, their next intended target is murdered, and all fingers point to the DGM, which indirectly puts the girls in peril, as they now also have higher stakes is keeping their secret.
Someone, though, figures out who they are, and a-la ‘A’ fashion, sends them information that drives a wedge into this power group. While juggling a normal teenage life, a stressful and dangerous school time, they also look into the investigation of the crime. So, overall, it is a well written murder mystery, but that’s not even the best part – it ends on a cliffhanger. Yep, no idea who the killer is, not even at the end of the book. I was going crazy, suspecting every secondary character, like I would during an episode of Pretty Little Liars, and I don’t even know if I am close. It made me go WTF, but then I was even more excited for the next. The writing is addictive, and the characters, so defined and constructed. I loved how the idea was executed and what awaits us in the next. Definitely a must read.

Received a free ARC from Balzer+Bray via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinions or review.

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