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Don’t Get Caught

Don't Get Caught Book Cover Don't Get Caught
Kurt Dinan
Juvenile Fiction
Sourcebooks Fire
April 1, 2016

Get even. Get revenge. Just don't get caught. Max Cobb is sick of being "Just Max"—the kind of guy whose resume boasts a measly 2.5 GPA and a deep love of heist films. So when an invitation appears in his locker to join the anonymous, untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, Max jumps at the opportunity. Except that the invite is really a setup, and Max, plus the four other misfits who received similar invitations, are apprehended by school security for defacing the water tower. Max has finally had enough. It's time for payback. Time to unmask Chaos. Let the prank war begin.



“Don’t Get Caught” is hands-down one of the best young adult books I have ever read.  It’s a nice break from the tragedy filled contemporary, fantasy, and dystopian genres.

Max, the main character, is obsessed with heist films.  He knows the list of heist movie rules with the same precision that Randy from “Scream” knows the rules of horror movies.  When combined with an unlikely group of very different personalities all on a mission, he is able to put his skills to good use.  All of the characters are well-developed and engaging, and all of them go beyond the normal teenage tropes.  Think “The Breakfast Club” with a little less angst and a lot more humor.

The plot is based around a prank war.  I don’t want to go into too much detail, because much like heist films the beauty is in the twists, but I can say that this book had me literally laughing out loud.  In fact, it was more of an embarrassing belly laugh that turned into snorts, hiccups, and ultimately choking.  It really was that funny.  There is also only a hint of romance, so those who find that “not their thing” will get a break from love triangles and the like.

“Don’t Get Caught” is one of those rare books that will hold universal appeal.  The target audience is high school and up, but almost every adult will also enjoy it, even if they are not necessarily fans of young adult books.  If you like humor, you will probably like this.  Also, if you have a reluctant reader in your life get this into their hands as soon as you possibly can. It’s the type of book that can help foster a lifetime love of reading.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Dialogue, Brief (Very Brief) Sexual Situations, Violence