Review: Get Even

Oct •  16 •  2014

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

Review: Get EvenGet Even by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 16, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary, Young Adult-Mystery
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

Gretchen McNeil has been an author that I have heard readers buzzing over for some time. I have heard of the books she has written but have never taken the leap to see what they could bring to the world of Young Adult literature. Get Even was an adventure that reminded me of the show mentioned in the synopsis, Pretty Little Liars.

The story was nothing more than suspenseful. Every page turn the mystery of the murderer got closer and closer. The story flowed brilliantly and every character made the story seem more than what it was. It was a great way to get back into the reading flow.

The story follows four girls who makes the reader think of how in the world these girls ever came to work together. Besides this own mystery, these girls set out to stop the bullying in their school. However, things are about to change when their so called “superhero” group is framed for the murder of a student.

I feel that it was interesting to see how these girls were when they were not working together. They live different lives and play different roles in their school. Although they are different, they each bring something to the table and their diversity is what makes their cases flow well. In a way, although they are different, they fit together.

This was an interesting ride and I excited to follow DGM in their next book. Gretchen McNeil is a wonderful writer and I glad I stumbled onto her books.

I give this book 4 bites!






  1. This book is like nothing I’ve heard of before! I think I’ll check it out 🙂 Great review… Looking forward to more by you! 🙂
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  2. This book is like nothing I’ve heard of before! I think I’ll check it out 🙂 Great review… Looking forward to more by you! 🙂
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    • Chayse
      Oct 16, 2014

      I liked it a lot. I found it to be very interesting and I hope you check it out.

  3. Giselle
    Oct 16, 2014

    Ooh I like how suspenseful and intense this sounds. I’ve only read one other book by this author and it was good but not great. I’m still curious about this one! Great review, Chayse!

    • Chayse
      Oct 16, 2014

      Yeah I do not remember what book she wrote but I have heard great things about her and so that is why I jumped at this opportunity.

  4. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Oct 16, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a good read!

  5. Christine
    Oct 16, 2014

    I haven’t read anything by her either now that I think about it. I was curious to see how this book ended up being. It sounds good but I feel like there are too many books trying to be the next PLL. I’m glad to see you liked it!

  6. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Oct 17, 2014

    I’ve read all her books — she’s very funny. This reminded me of Pretty Little Liars..
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Chayse
      Oct 19, 2014

      It did remind me of the show but I thought it was a good read overall.

  7. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 20, 2014

    I enjoyed Ten, so I was curious about this one, as well.