Don’t Get Caught – Kurt Dinan

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Don’t Get Caught – Kurt DinanDon't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on April 1, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Humorous, Teen, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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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.


Don’t Get Caught is a fun read. Pranks, clueless school admins and crushes all combine for a genuinely good read. Max is an average guy, 2.5 GPA, not into parties, nothing special. So when he gets an invite to the exclusive and secret Chaos Club he wonders why. But then he thinks why not and heads off to the first meeting. Instead of the meeting, Max and four others walk into a set-up and get caught by campus security. Then, the gloves come off, and Max and the Water Tower 5 plan the ultimate prank revenge.

Kurt Dinan crafted a fun tale with a lot of heart. The writing was fantastic and you really got to know who Max is and how he thinks. The pacing had a few bumps, as the prank sections went very quickly but the build-up was at times uneven, but this did not detract from the story as a whole. The world built was solid and the character interactions all fit well in the space crafted for them. I was surprised by the depth of emotion. A YA  story about a prank war does not instantly make you think of emotions, but Don’t Get Caught had a nice emotional tie with the characters. Speaking of the characters, they were for the most part awesome. A few were not as solidly fleshed out as I would have liked but as a group they worked. There was only one scene that I really did not like. The group, through a prank, caused someone to make a life altering decision, and while that person was an distinctly awful, their actions did not quite rise to the level of having their whole life upended by a group of teens. That one section aside, I really enjoyed Don’t Get Caught.

Don’t Get Caught had humor, drama and an unexpected depth. I really enjoyed Dinan’s writing and will put him on my list of YA authors to watch. I loved the unexpected ending so very much, but it felt open ended to me in a great way. As soon as I was finished reading it I went to Twitter to harass (in a nice way) Kurt Dinan to see if a sequel is on the horizon, and I am happy to report that there are ideas in place.

Kurt Dinan@KurtDinan Mar 8  I’ll say this, if does ask me to write the sequel, I have some great plans for the members of the Water Tower 5!

Favorite lines – Because pranks are really nothing but heists for beginners. Same concepts, same rules, only without the federal offense aspect involved—at least, hopefully without.

Biggest cliché – As long as everything I’m doing is for a good reason, it’s okay.

 Have you read Don’t Get Caught, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Debut Author Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted March 21, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments

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