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Young Adult Fiction 1087
Good kids, bad pranks
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Max Cobb stars in this caper "Don't Get Caught"! In this fun and prank filled novel, Max Cobb along with four other students (Ellie Wick, Dave Wheeler, Kate Malone, and Tim Adleta) get set-up for a big prank by the Chaos Club that gets them cleaning duty. Now known as the Water Tower Five, Max and the gang decide they want to get even, and go on to framing the Chaos Club for pranks.

This book is definitely fit for reluctant readers, and it has a great pace for keeping readers interested. While the gang starts out a bit lighthearted, the pranks that they devise are both funny, but humiliating for the kids involved. Max feels his conscious speak to him, and he learns to be himself and not what other people want him to be.

I think middle and high schoolers will find this book to be a great read. Especially if they enjoy contemporary fiction, heist movies, and a small dose of mystery. The subject matter in this book is pretty true to teen issues (bullying, nude pics, feeling trapped) and each character works through their issues in their own, positive ways. This book should also find its way into the hands of reluctant readers, as the language and sentence structure keeps readers interested and reading. I mean, not many books actually say "boner" in them, so that should be enough to keep giggling kids reading it!
Good Points
Fast paced book.
Characters who grow as book goes on.
Fun mystery element -- who are the members of the Chaos Club?
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