Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 4 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.
As always, Gretchen McNeil nails the mystery and suspense of Get Even! It did remind me of Burn for Burn except that I feel that the DGM had more purpose and meaning (goal-wise) to the school. I wasn't sure how I would like all the different point of views but it worked out for the most part. There were times when I did feel like I would rather be in one character's head more than others and didn't transition well enough from one character to another.
I love that all the characters were from different friend groups and had (mostly) different personalities. It was fun seeing and learning how the DGM actually first started and how they were able to communicate with each when they were in school. It also started getting interesting when some of their lives began to connect together with obviously boy issues and other school stuff/drama. Bree was the one I could connect to the most. I feel like she was the one out of all of them that was the most chill and was the easiest to just generally like. Plus I love, love John and how awesome he is as a best friend to Bree and his role in the story <3
I didn't love or hate Olivia, Kitty, and Margot. Each had their own story and I liked seeing how they had their own roles withing the club itself. The murder definitely spiced up the club and really tested how far the characters were willing to go for the other DGM members and for themselves. Seeing how much everyone had to lose was intense. It also didn't help that high school drama also led to (some) strained relationships with each other.
All in all, Get Even definitely hit the mark for mystery/thriller novels. I would definitely recommend this to those who want a non-paranormal Halloween story because murder + group of girls + high school = perfect equation ;D Happy Readings!