I received this book for free from Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Don't Get Mad #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on June 16, 2015
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase
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 got this book from EW and I tried to read it. I soon discovered that I just could not get into this story so I decided to wait for the audiobook. I bought the audiobook and picked up right where I had left off but this time listening instead. My final verdict for the sequel to Get Even called Get Dirty is: this is an okay book that at first I was like meh but the ending saved it. I am giving Get Dirty three stars because it is the kind of read that just get a shrug for being an okay but not great read.
I read Get Even and I gave that book three stars as well. I was curious about who the killer was and how the group was going to figure it out, especially after the way the first book ended. Get Dirty picks up right where Get Even left off with Margot in a coma and the killer still at large. It is up to Kitty, Olivia, Bree and the help of their friends to find out the identity of the killer. More people the DGM tricked start to go missing. While another’s body is found. The founding members of the DGM are on hiatus so it is surprising when more pranks start being pulled on the bullies that didn’t get the first round. Meanwhile, the lead from the first book comes crashing down so they start thinking maybe it was someone who is taking a deadly twist to get even with a group that tried to bring them down first.
I liked the ending because I never saw the true killer coming. That is something I will give to Gretchen McNeil she sure knows how to make a twisted ending. I don’t think I like liked these Get Even books as some of her past work. It is not because they were bad. I just felt like there was a lot going on. At times it felt like the characters were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. At first they thought so and so was the killer then no it was another person and then no again it must be another person. I was like stop running around without a clue and start thinking together. I think that is when the book comes together is in the last 100 pages or 30% of the book because that is when the whole group starts working together.
Like I said, both of these book aren’t bad, but I didn’t love them either. I like the idea of a secret group coming together to give the bullies a little payback. I liked that someone gets mad and starts killing the people of said group’s payback. The pranks were mean but a part of me was like a little thrilled because who doesn’t like to see bullies get their comeuppance. I liked the suspense of tracking down a psycho killer. I guess where the book lost me was there were four girls all them dealing with personal drama in the middle of psycho killer drama. I liked that they all become best friends for life but it felt a little cheesy like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets Pretty Little Liars. I like cheesy and anyone who knows me will tell you that but parts of the book just felt like filler with a few interesting tidbits here and there. The narrator is Tavia Gilbert and she is one my favorites. I think that helped me to keep listening to the book.