Book Review: Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil

July 24, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Book Review: Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeilTitle: Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Series: Don't Get Mad #2
Published by: Balzer & Bray on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 384
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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.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Get Even
Also by this author: Get Even

One Line: Even better and more riveting than the first book!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I just love it when a sequel is even more addicting as its predecessor. I will admit that I didn’t believe McNeil could pull it off. This had nothing to do with her personally, just that it’s hard to put enough substance into a mystery sequel to make it worthwhile most of the time, but I’m happy to say she didn’t let me down. Compared to the first book, McNeil certainly doesn’t hold back and I loved that this book wasn’t nearly as ridiculous as the first book. I could see this being more of a reality as opposed to the first book which was like a crazy, fictional world. You don’t get the over-the-top scenes and characters like in the first book, which I think made me like this one more. The mystery is even more complicated that anyone ever believed, more people are killed off, and crazier (but more realistic) things keep happening. I loved it!

Get Dirty picks up right where Get Even left off. Someone is still out to get the members of DGM, we don’t know who put Margot in a coma, and Bree is stuck in juvie. The stakes are higher here as Kitty, Olivia, and Bree not only have to deal with the personal issues in their own lives, they have to deal with this crazy killer who is out to sabotage and kill them. Again, I felt like I was watching an episode of Pretty Little Liars, only this time around it was better and more satisfying. While the twists and turns were ever present, we’re not dragged repeatedly through the mud like with that show.

I definitely connected to Bree and Olivia more in this book. Kitty has her moments, but I felt like she wasn’t as key a player as the others were. Afer Bree is let out of juvie, she is stuck under house arrest with her mother and her “bodygaurd”. That whole situation is pretty hilarious, but I liked how McNeil tied these characters into the overall arc of story. You get more of Olivia and her mother in this book and a secret from her past comes to light. I totally saw that one coming, but it’s obvious, so no surprise there. I loved getting to know Ed the Head and John more. John is such a sweetheart and I loved his relationship with Bree. They have solidified their place as my favorite couple in this series. As for Ed the Head, he brought the humor. That boy is hilarious! I need more of him! He’s the perfect brand of sarcasm and wit and he brought a refreshing eye to the group that the girls desperately needed.

It’s not often nowadays that I finish a book in one sitting, but that happened here. I just had to know who was behind it all. I couldn’t figure it out at first, and even though I picked up on it fairly quickly, I still couldn’t have imagined how deranged the killer was. Anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller will devour this series just like I did. After reading this series and Ten, her retelling of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, I’m confident in saying that this lady knows how to write thrillers. I honestly can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

About Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, a finalist for the 2015 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, and was nominated for “Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012” by Romantic Times. Gretchen’s 2013 release is 3:59, a sci-fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places. Gretchen’s novels have been optioned by Hollywood production companies, and have sold internationally in Chinese, Spanish, and Turkish.

In 2014, Gretchen debuts her first series, Don’t Get Mad (pitched as “John Hughes with a body count”) about four very different girls who form a secret society where they get revenge on bullies and mean girls at their elite prep school. The Don’t Get Mad series begins September 16, 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in the summer of 2015, also with Balzer + Bray. In addition, Gretchen has contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and was a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels. She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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