Friday, August 12, 2016
Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
This book combines my two great loves: books about revenge, and books about prank wars.
I suppose this eccentric, very specific set of loves comes from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, a top-notch book about a girl proving exactly what she's worth to a boys-only secret society.
Max, the narrator of Don't Get Caught, and four other high-school misfits find themselves set up by a long-lived secret prank society, the Chaos Club. After getting into trouble and becoming notorious, Max and company decide to team up Ocean's Eleven style to get revenge.
And like Frankie Landau-Banks, Max sometimes questions why he's choosing to do what he does. Not that it stops him from pulling off some by turns atrocious and brilliant pranks at his school, in the company of his new friends. Along the way he grows up a bit and learns some stuff, but I was in it for the prank war.
There are some adult themes in this book, as well as some very non-adult, juvenile jokes. Enter at your own risk.
What really bumped this book up to the full five stars is the very last page. It's the best possible way to end this story. I had guessed part of the twist, but I definitely didn't guess how that last scene would go. You'll have to read it yourself to find out.