Thursday 12 May 2016

ARC #Review: DON'T GET CAUGHT by Kurt Dinan


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. 
Author: Kurt Dinan
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

That was a fun read but a tad bit predictable tbh. I had one of the character's ending pegged immediately, like 10-15% in, and little things along the way just confirmed my suspicions. There were some things that looking back made sense, like who was running the club, but I took a bit of issue with someone that was in the club because it felt to me like it came out of nowhere. 

I am pretty good at picking up hints and clues along the way but either I missed EVERYTHING that said this person would be part of the club or it was such an obscure clue that there was no way I was going to get it until after I finished reading and reread it. But honestly if you have read a couple heist books, it is pretty obvious what a couple of the twists are along the way.

I thought the pranks were pretty funny and I really enjoyed seeing pieces of the set up but not the entire thing until it was completely done. I agreed with Max about some of the pranks being too personal rather than just fun and hilarious but I kind of liked the little bit of revenge. I would have voted for Kate's prank as the best one out of all of them because (view spoiler) I had a lot of fun reading this one though and would recommend it.

I really liked all the characters though. They all had such good motives for wanting to do the pranks and being the fake Chaos Club. One thing I found a bit confusing though was at some points Max would reference characters by their last name in his narrative but then people would call them by their first name in real life and I had to keep double checking to see who was who. But I liked that everyone saw Max as their leader and that he inspired them to be better. I think they had a good friendship as a group and are close to being a brot5 for me. I would really like to see the next year, so if Dinan wants to write a sequel, I am here for it.

I liked the pacing, the writing style, and the overall story. This was a fun contemporary read with hijinks and hilarity. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a fun book that also makes you think about how you define yourself.


  1. I've definitely been eying DON'T GET CAUGHT for awhile now b/c it looks like a fun read! I'm kind of curious what kind of pranks happen, lol. Thanks for the review! :)

    1. They are some pretty fun pranks but not at all what I was anticipating. I guess my experience with "Senior Pranks" was a lot different so I was thinking more like that? But definitely still a good and fun read!