This is an awesome read. It isn’t often I think a book can live up to a blurb like “Ocean’s Eleven meets The Breakfast Club,” but Don’t Get Caught really, really did! I adore a good con story, and this one has all the twists and turns I expected, and a few I didn’t. I gave it five stars, and I can’t wait for you to discover the fun that is Don’t Get Caught.
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.
Max is a narrative voice that will draw in guys and gals, YA’s and adults. He has the same impulses as anyone when he feels pushed, but he also has a thoughtful conscience that makes me proud to introduce him to my high school readers. There is a bit of romance, but it is light enough not to bore those who don’t want serious love interfering in their heist stories. There is a nice blend of action and character development, and the plot is paced to keep readers glued to the pages. I finished it in a few hours because I was enjoying myself so much that I just couldn’t put it down. I was most impressed with the heart in this book. Themes of friendship, justice, integrity, and grit add a nice bit of depth, but most readers will be so engaged they won’t know they are getting the broccoli with their dessert until it’s too late. I really can’t wait to share this book with my students, particularly to those who enjoyed Con Academy and Losers Take All. Language and situations are appropriate for high school readers, but I think adult readers of YA will find it just as compelling.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.