Title: Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2)
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Genre: Young Adult // Murder // Mystery
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
The members of Don’t Get Mad aren’t just mad anymore . . . they’re afraid. And with Margot in a coma and Bree stuck in juvie, it’s up to Olivia and Kitty to try to catch their deadly tormentor. But just as the girls are about to go on the offensive, Ed the Head reveals a shocking secret that turns all their theories upside down. The killer could be anyone, and this time he—or she—is out for more than just revenge.
The girls desperately try to discover the killer’s identity as their personal lives are falling apart: Donté is pulling away from Kitty and seems to be hiding a secret of his own, Bree is under house arrest, and Olivia’s mother is on an emotional downward spiral. The killer is closing in, the threats are becoming more personal, and when the police refuse to listen, the girls have no choice but to confront their anonymous friend . . . or die trying (goodreads).
The highly anticipated to conclusion to Get Even does not hold back, it fact it manages to sqeeze even more murder and intrigue than the last one!
Plot: With a cliffhanger like Get Even, I knew that Gretchen McNeil was going to have to up the ante with this one. Still true to its description of Breakfast Club Meets Teen Slasher flick, Get Dirty boasts equal parts intrigue and emotion. It took me a minute to reacquaint myself with the pacing and multiple POVs, but it was very much like riding a bike after some years: after a few pages it felt very familiar. I do think its best to give Get Even a re-read before diving into Get Dirty because I had some questions regarding The Big Reveal and I'm sure there was a clue about it in the first book!
Characters: With Margo out of commission, McNeil bumps a few secondary characters to the forefront, allowing for more revelations and mixing of social statuses. As I said, it was sometimes hard to match the narrative to the character because like Get Even, the perspectives can change multiple times within a chapter.
World Building: I found that Get Dirty took place more so outside of school than the first one and there was definitely a lot more history to discover while going about the town.
Short N Sweet: I devoured Get Dirty in less than two days and I have no regrets.