Author: Gretchen McNeil
Series: Don't Get Mad #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Date Read: June 2nd, 2014
Point of View: Multiple (Kitty, Olivia, Bree and Margot)
Writing: Third Person | Past Tense
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery
In a Nut Shell...
Nice, but rather boring.
Advance Reader Copy provided by Balzer + Bray
I liked how the story started, with four girls who wanted to stand up for their schoolmates that being unfairly treated. It was amazing what they could do to get even with the bullies and I wish there were more scenes where they took justice in their own hands.
The ending, albeit touching and sweet, was a bit of a letdown, for it left too many unanswered questions. Beware the cliffhanger!
The story was told from 4 POVs - Kitty, Olivia, Bree and Margot. I liked that all four of them had different personalities made this book interesting. Unfortunately, I can't say any of them stood out. As much as I liked these girls, they seemed forgettable.
Aside from these main characters, there were so many other characters in this book. It was so hard, especially at first, to keep track with all the names. I had to take notes so that I wouldn't confuse one character with another. There were Rex, John, Ed, Shane, Danté, Christopher, Amber, Peanut, Jazebel, Tyler, Mika, Theo... Some characters had active roles in the story, while some were just there or being mentioned. I still don't think it was that necessary to smother the readers with so many characters.
For those who have read Pretty Little Liars series and Burn for Burn series will find this book a little disappointing. Because the resemblances were too obvious to ignore, it is easy to just say this book was lack of originality.
The mystery alone wasn't what I had expected, especially with that ending. It wasn't so bad, though it felt like it should have been so much better. I think it was because there were so many characters that by the end of the book, it felt like I didn't get the whole story, just a glimpse of their lives and what they were going through.
Normally I would say the pace was too slow, but with these many characters, I was kind of glad that it wasn't any faster. With this pace, it was not too much of a struggle to keep up with story.
Overall I think it was a nice and interesting book, though not that original. To some extent, I enjoyed the mystery. It wasn't as suspenseful as I hope, but it wasn't too shabby either.
I'm not going to say the ending makes me looking forward to the sequel. However, I do want to know what is going to happen next. I hope by then I still remember who is who.
Those who like mystery with some red herrings to build up the suspense might enjoy reading this book. There weren't as many misleading clues as in Pretty Little Liars, so it didn't make reading this book very frustrating.