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I Belong

Review: Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil

Get DirtyTitle: Get Dirty

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: Don’t Get Mad (Book #2)

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062260871 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062260871 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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 sequestered under the watchful eye of her mom’s bodyguard, 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.

Quick & Dirty: Gripping finish to the amazing Don’t Get Mad duology! All mystery fans must pick this one up!

Opening Sentence: ED STOOD IN THE DOORWAY OF THE FIFTH-FLOOR HOSPITAL room and stared at Margot.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kitty, Olivia, Margot, and Bree are all members of Don’t Get Mad or better known as DGM. They formed the group to try and bring down the bullies in their school, but it was crucial their identities remain a secret because if they ever got caught they would get expelled or possibly face criminal charges. But someone has discovered who they are and decided to frame them for murder. To save the rest of the group Bree turned herself in and poor Margot had a run in with the mysterious killer that has left her in a coma. It is up to Olivia and Kitty to try and find out who is behind it all, but when their number one suspect turns up dead they have to start all over in their investigation. The killer could be anyone and if they don’t figure out the mystery soon everyone they love could be taken away!

Bree was my favorite character in the first book and she remained my favorite! I love her rebellious and stubborn personality. I feel like her backstory was the most compelling. She comes from a ton of money but both of her parents are pretty much MIA. Most kids don’t handle a childhood like that very well, and yes, Bree acts out and does some really stupid things. But she stays strong and she tries to be a good person. Another thing I love is the relationship between Bree and John. They are freaking adorable together and I was so excited to watch their relationship develop!

Olivia was the most surprising character for me in the story. I liked her fine in the first book, but I felt like she was really superficial. She came across as just a pretty face and I felt like she didn’t contributed as much to the group as everyone else did. That was not the case in this story. She really held her own and grew so much as a person. She takes chances and really puts herself out there to try and figure out what is going on. I found myself cheering for her and I was proud of the person she became.

Kitty was always the leader of the group and that doesn’t change. She is great at figuring out a plan and she’s not afraid to make things happen. I feel like Kitty had the most to lose by participating in DGM, so I really respected that she would put herself out there even with the risks. She is a kind hearted girl and someone you could rely on.

Margot is the smart one in the group. She is very intellectual and it is amazing how she can figure things out. She is a consistent character and I found her logical thinking very refreshing. Out of all the girls, I felt like she was the odd man out. She’s not popular and she can be awkward when it comes to social settings. All of the girls learn from their experience, but I feel like Margot may have learned the most.

Get Dirty is the exhilarating, fast paced, suspenseful ending to the Don’t Get Mad duology! The story picks up right after the ending of the first book and I read this entire story in just a couple of hours. I was so engrossed in that I honestly didn’t put it down until I was finished. I am usually really good at figuring out mysteries, but McNeil did a wonderful job at keeping me guessing. The way the story is written you feel like almost anyone could be a suspect! I wasn’t surprised by who the killer was (because like I said everyone was a suspect), but I didn’t know for sure until it was revealed. I adored the friendship between the four main girls and I also loved the romance as well. I loved how McNeil wrapped everything up in the end. Overall, this was a very entertaining mystery that will keep you up until all hours of the night until you finish the last page! If you are a mystery fan this is a must read!

Notable Scene:

It took her several minutes before she realized why. There was something on the floor behind the piano. Something that shouldn’t there.

Kitty blinked, her eyes focused on the object. It was a shoe, a brown Oxford worn by a fair number of Bishop DuMaine’s male population. No, not just one shoe. There were two. Kitty took a few steps farther into the living room, rounding the piano, and froze in her tracks.

Not just shoes; there were legs attached. And a torso.

Kitty’s mind screamed at her to stop, to look away, but her body had a mind of its own. Before she even realized what she was doing, she’d approached the figure on the floor and was hovering over it.

Don’t Get Mad Series:

1. Get Even

2. Get Dirty


FTC Advisory:  Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Get Dirty. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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