Books, YA Fiction

Don’t Get Caught, by Kurt Dinan


3 Stars

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 was a very entertaining book. It held loads of promise, quirky characters, and fun moments, but not much of serious substance. It was, in every sense of the word, a “fluff” book, meaning that it wasn’t too deep, but overall, a nice break from dark, depressing fiction.

From the start, we are introduced to the Chaos Club, a mysterious school organization that is known for their epic pranks. So when Max and his friends walk right into a setup, they’re out to get revenge. How? By creating pranks of their own to outcompete the Chaos Club and draw them out of hiding.

Just from this blurb, it should be obvious what type of book this is. A fun one. And on that, it delivers. The pranks these kids pull are entertaining to read… if you don’t think too hard about it. This books is not without its plot holes, but they’re quickly moved away from by the next prank. Another great thing about this book is that the clichés, although there are plenty, work, because of the nature of the book. Advantageously, the clichés read like jokes and enhance the story, when generally, clichés work against the book. This book also made me smile and maybe even chuckle a bit multiple times, which is quite an accomplishment.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to immerse myself into the story as well because it was so light. This novel had a lot of potential to explore themes like justice vs. revenge, and the fact that things were kept merely at the superficial level was a lost opportunity. However, that level of deeper thinking that I look for in a book is not compatible with the style this book has been written in, so therefore, I don’t have much of a right to complain. Regardless, if there was more to the story than just random pranking, it would have increased my liking of this book a lot more.

Overall, Don’t Get Caught was a “fluff” book that was fun to read, but lacked deeper substance. If you’re looking for a light, fun, read, I recommend this one.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for a honest review.