Don’t Get Caught

“This is what happens when you try to write your name in the wet cement of the universe. It hardens, trapping you in place, then begins downpouring shit on you.”
Title: Don’t Get Caught
Author: Kurt Dinan
Series: Standalone
Publication: April 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks
Pages: 340
Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.

My Thoughts:

I have no thoughts… just..whhaaaattttt? Now, don’t take that the wrong way, folks. I’ve hit the point where I’m sitting here trying to sort out the good and the not so good and then the really not so good, and all I can bring myself to think is how immature this book was but how much it made me laugh. I’m having a conundrum here, SOMEONE BRING ME SOME CHOCOLATE.

Wait… now I have thoughts.

This book is immature, silly, and pointless – but it is sure as hell funny and entertaining. Prank war? Count me in. I’m pretty darn good at those myself, especially because I’m the quiet one that always gets away with it… shh… So, anyways,  book review. Don’t Get Caught is sort of like The Breakfast Club.. but not. It’s a prank war after a prank gone bad hits a goody-two-shoes. While it starts out as all fun and games, as things usually do, the plot takes a turn for the dark side and turns into a revenge story that took away from the earlier light-heartedness which turned me onto the book in the first place. Say goodbye to regular teen mischievous deviancy, say hello to the dark side (where we have cookies but also bad plot lines, apparently).

Beyond the shenanigans and overall chaos, I don’t remember much else. Main character is named Max and he’s in a prank club… that’s about it. Also, the book itself was extremely predictable and at times, downright uncomfortable to read. I enjoy pranks, I don’t enjoy crimes or bullying. That crosses the line for me, just as this book did at its halfway point.

A cliche ridden revenge story gone awry, that’s what this is. If you want to try it, fine. Be my guest and I hope it works out for you… as for me? I’ll steer clear and pretend none of that ever happened. Oops?


7 thoughts on “Don’t Get Caught

  1. Interesting review. I quite like teen stories that turn all murder-ey, but cliches not so much. I am always jealous of the sort of people who can think up pranks. I am not one of them. If I am up to something it is written all over my face.

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    • I love pranks ☺️ I pride myself on being quite good at them.

      I usually do like stories like that, too, just not when it’s not marketed or written that way. I don’t like it when it’s misleading – at least when it’s misleading in a way it wasn’t meant to be. That probably didn’t come out the way it did when I thought of it XD

      Have you read this?

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      • I haven’t. I’m kind of off contemporaries at the moment. I read too many and turned into a bit of a bitchy reader. I have read quite a lot of reviews for this one now though. The one thing they all agree on is that it is crazy.

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      • Oh no! I hate it when that happens 😣 Tropes can be fine if they’re done well, it’s just that most of the time they’re not done well and it makes me cringe. Tone Deaf is definitely worth checking out, it might try your patience at points – but stick with it 💞

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  2. Sam, purely out of curiosity, I wen to Goodreads and checked out Tone Deaf, and it sounds really promising, thank you. There’s even a giveaway going on (which I entered,) for anyone else that’s interested.


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