Book Review: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Title: Get Even
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Pages: 291
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school.

To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile.

Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.

Kitty Wei – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.

Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.

Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.

That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.

Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.
As soon as I finished reading Get Even, I went to sleep. Then I dreamed that someone was chasing me and I had to keep hiding. That is what happens when you read Gretchen McNeil's stories at night.

I've read a few books with more than 4 POV'S before and I've never had a problem with it but this time I struggled. The first couple of chapters were difficult for me; I couldn't remember which girl did what. I had to go back to the summary a few times to remember. But even when I wanted to give up, I pushed through it and my brain started doing its thing. So thank you brain, I can now say who's who without looking at the summary.

You know a book is going to be amaze-balls when it starts off with a mission (where the DGM gets a little even with someone.)Don't Get Mad is a group of 4 girls who like to give bullies a taste of their own medicine (but they remain anonymous.) It's like a retribution for those who can't fight back and I loved every moment of it. These girls seriously know how to GET EVEN. 

What surprised me the most was how much I adored Bree(rebel), Kitty(athlete), Margot(super smart), and yes even Olivia(dramatic). Usually when it's that many protagonist, I dislike all or only like one. So of course McNeil would get me to like all of them; I was engaged in each of their stories to the point where I wanted to be their friend too.

There was never a moment where I wanted to skim anything. But like all good plots, secrets start to surface about the girls past that will leave you wanting to know just who they really are. Each girl had a reason for joining DGM and let's just say I can see why they wouldn't tell anyone. 


And don't even get me started on the murder.

When I read the summary of the book I thought I knew who this mysterious person sabotaging DGM would be, so of course I was proven wrong. Get Even is another book that pulled one over on me. I could not for the life of me figure out who was behind the murder and McNeil made sure of that.

All 4 girls have found a way into my heart and I can't wait to see what book two brings especially with what happened in the last page. TALK ABOUT A SCANDAL!


  1. I really can't wait for this one, even more so now! Great review :)


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