The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers. When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
What worked: I loved the whole premise of four classmates with nothing in common who get together to fight against bullying at their elite private school. They form DGM-Don't Get Mad, a secret society that gets back at bullies. The girls aren't really friends but the group holds them together. I liked this twist as it's not like PRETTY LITTLE LIARS but more like BREAKFAST CLUB in which a common goal of revenge has them overlook their differences for a common goal.
There's lots of twists and turns along with the elusive enemy. Let's just say that anyone on campus could be the mysterious enemy including the girls. The secrets and shocking reveals, along with tension paced action, kept me turning the pages until early in the morning. The cliffhanging ending had me rush to GoodReads to see if this wasn't the end. It's not! Whew!
Action, danger, revenge, romance, and betrayals are sure to suck readers right into this story!
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS meets a murderous A-type set in a private Christian school backdrop where an underground group of teens against bullying find that their enemies might be more than they can handle. Karma sometimes isn't sweet.
I’ve seen this book compared to a couple others already, Pretty Little Liars is right in the description, and also Burn for Burn. The closest I’ve come to either of those series is watching a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars on MuchMusic so I’m not going to get into how this book compares to them.
I got sucked into the book way more easily than I thought I would. The plot kept me guessing as to who could be behind the envelopes, who could be behind the murder, was it the same person, was it a group? So many questions.
I really liked that, even though the girls were on the same page about DGM, they weren’t really friends and, in fact, at the beginning it was hard to like them at times. But as the book went on, there was a change were it seemed like they realized they needed each other and maybe, they could be friends. It made for an interesting dynamic as the book went on. They weren’t friends, all they had was their pact that nothing said in a DGM meeting would be revealed, but when faced with murder, they realized they barely knew each other so how could their pact be trusted.
There were a lot of characters in the book. It was told in alternating POVs of the four main girls but there were also their friends, and each girl had her own separate group. There were only a few characters that interacted with all four girls but every character at one point or another made themselves suspicious, maybe they were the murderer.
There were times it felt a little cheesy and over dramatic but I actually enjoyed those parts. They reminded me of old murder mystery movies that I love to watch when they come on TV. There was also a lot of teasing going on in the book. Every time I thought some questions were about to be answered, I was left with more questions. So frustrating! But in a ‘I want the next book now’ kind of way.
2. The writing