August 14, 2015

Review ~ Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil

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The members of Don’t Get Mad aren’t just mad anymore . . . they’re afraid. And with Margot in a coma and Bree stuck in juvie, it’s up to Olivia and Kitty to try to catch their deadly tormentor. But just as the girls are about to go on the offensive, Ed the Head reveals a shocking secret that turns all their theories upside down. The killer could be anyone, and this time he—or she—is out for more than just revenge.

The girls desperately try to discover the killer’s identity as their personal lives are falling apart: Donté is pulling away from Kitty and seems to be hiding a secret of his own, Bree is under house arrest, and Olivia’s mother is on an emotional downward spiral. The killer is closing in, the threats are becoming more personal, and when the police refuse to listen, the girls have no choice but to confront their anonymous friend . . . or die trying.

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The dirty bits.
When I first picked up Get Even (the first book in this two-part series), I was expecting it to be a little more on the chic lit side than McNeil's other books. DGM or Don't Get Mad is a group of girls from different, shall we say, social peers. Kitty is a volleyball player, Bree is the rebel daughter of a senator (kinda cliche, that one), Olivia is the wannabe-actress who swims at the popular kids' pool, and Margot is the loner, smart one who doesn't seem to have any close friends due to her strict parents. These characters have only one thing in common: they are the avengers of those who bully, taunt, and discriminate other kids in their high school. However, a recent turn of events have made them the targets.

I've been a connoisseur of mysteries, riddle-laden books, and the likes since I read The Study in Scarlet by Conan Doyle all those years ago. This series really filled my craving because of the different twist and turns in the books. Be forewarned, however, if you are one of the impatient kind or you just can't stand riddles, because this book may be hard for you to follow as it really has plenty of those.

One of the best parts I loved is how the mixed personalities of each girls complements what they have to do in DGM. Like how Olivia as an actress is the contact person who does the investigative job using her acting skills, and how Bree is the one doing the odd jobs like, err, breaking and entering.

The only thing I have to say about this is the ending has a pretty weak reasoning by my standards. I also hated the fact that they seem to 'trust' other people besides themselves rather quickly in this book, which seems to be out of character for a shadowy group bent on punishing high school bullies.

~ Djan


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