Raincoast – Don’t Get Caught!

My husband and I both enjoy young adult books. There’s something fun about reading books that are focussed more on kids and what kids do! My latest read is no exception! It’s called “Don’t Get Caught”, is the first book that Kurt Dinan has written, and reminds me a lot of the many great books that Gordon Korman wrote!  And let me tell you, a book that rates up there with Gordon Korman is a book worth reading!

Max used to be “Just Max”. But then he gets invited by the elusive Chaos Club to meet at the water tower and rather than an invite to join the club, he and the other four people also invited end up getting in trouble! From then on, Max decides he’d rather be “Not Max” and that he’d like to exact some revenge on the Chaos Club. What transpires from there is that the five young people who were caught on the water tower end up becoming the “Water Tower 5″ and they start doing pranks in an attempt to reveal the Chaos Club members! However, as is typical, some of these pranks backfire or they simply get caught doing them!

Pretty soon Not Max is getting in trouble more than he’s not! He has to do some long hard thinking about who he wants to be and what he wants out of his life. As a teenager, that’s a tough one! However, Just Max never had many friends and Just Max never had much fun. Not Max, on the other hand, has four friends who have become quite close to him, he has had a blast with them, and life looks a little brighter than it did as Just Max! Max is also finding it interesting that it seems that he’s kind of the leader of this group – while each person brings a different skill to the table – he’s never considered himself the leader type! But having watched a bunch of movies like the “Oceans” series, he knows all sorts of rules about how to run a team and how to watch his back!

Needless to say, the end goal is accomplished! I really can’t say more without giving away the book – but I loved the two twists at the end! I totally never saw either of them coming – which is quite a thing because lots of times I can guess a twist or two due to foreshadowing! Oh, and one little humorous item about this book – you might have noticed the cows on the cover? Well, inside the book is a little flipbook of cows, you know how you flip the pages quickly and you see a little “video” of something happening? Yup, there’s one of those in this book too!

I’m totally impressed by Kurt Dinan’s first book! I really, really hope that he keeps writing! And the way the book ends, it makes me wonder if perhaps he’s not working on a sequel! There would be ample opportunity for one to exist! If you have some teenagers around, and don’t mind giving them ideas (haha!), I think they’d quite enjoy this book.

Thanks again Raincoast– this was a great read!

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  1. Looks like a great read! I love a good twist/surprise ending 🙂

  2. Laurie P says:

    Sounds like a fun read! I was never really good at selecting books for my kid when he was this age group, this would have been a fave!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Sounds like a great book for teenagers to read during summer break. 🙂

  4. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the introduction sounds like a nice read !

  5. Heidi c. says:

    I was a huge fan of Gordon Korman growing up to the point of going to a meet, read and greet when i wasa tween. So, i have a feeling that i would enjoy reading this nook.

  6. kristen visser says:

    this sounds like an awesome read and a lot of people especially teens could relate to this story plot. I am definitely interested to read this one and see what twists happen at the end

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    Sounds good! I to enjoy reading young adult books, there is a lot of great titles out there, the only ones I really do not care for are the Nicholas Sparks or Sarah Dessen books I find them really slow, but I love the movies!

  8. Shirleyp says:

    This sounds like an great book to read with my daughter

  9. Sounds like a great book; I’m kind of into watching series involving teens and young adults.

  10. I too can enjoy a young adult book!

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve not read many young adult books recently but this sounds like fun one. 🙂

  12. I also like reading young adult books. this looks like a great book.

  13. Looks like ma wants to find himself, same as many young adults at his age!

  14. kathy downey says:

    I think this would e a nice book for my granddaughter

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