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Warren stands tall and proud, still gorgeous despite his forced swim. He nods. "I'd like to thank you all for being so gullible, making it so easy for me to steal your beads." An empty beer can is tossed at Warren's head, and then another. "Back in the po
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Published January 1st 2008 by Orca Book Publishers
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disgusting. It read like it was written by a 2nd grader. The characters were horrible inconsistent and underdeveloped, and constantly did things that made you go "where the heck did that come from?" They would suddenly do something terrible and blame it on the "Gotcha Gods." I hated it and was so mad that I had to read the whole thing so i could see how it ended. The part that also rubbed me the wrong way was the supposedly "touching" part where this kid in a wheel chair told them how playing a...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Katie is a senior at Slippery Rock High. At SRH, it's a tradition to play Gotcha! -- a game where each student gets a bead on a string and the name of a classmate to tag and steal their bead. Katie, however, isn't very interested in the game -- especially not after what happened the previous year.

But because she's part of the grad council, and everyone else wants to do it, she plays along.

Friendships are ruined and relationships are formed when this potent...more
Nova Zaiden (Out of Time)

So, this story is about a game called Gotcha being played in high school for the seniors. It's basically a gigantic game of tag, but it's also dangerous because people break into others houses. And through all this craziness, a girl named Katie is peerpressured into playing, despite knowing that it's wrong.

It's really not a book I would've chosen on my own. I'm not very good when it comes to choosing books, because I choose one genre to always circle. But, my teacher told me it was going to be a...more
The premise of this book really appealed to me. Sadly, however, the book was poorly written. Really poorly written. It used every cliche known to YA novels (the absent father, the popular best friend, emails using every 'teen' shortcut available (c u l8r), etc.). The cliches were bad, but the dialogue was worse. It sounded like a middle age adult trying to sound like a teen. She never had me believing that a teen was speaking - I was all too aware of the author, which made it impossible to let g...more
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As a member of the grad committee at Slippery Rock High, Katie feels she has no choice but to participate in the bead game “Gotcha” – an annual ritual played by the graduating class. Banned as an official school activity by the teachers, the game goes underground, and quickly spins out of control, becoming more dangerous than Katie ever could have imagined. Based on a game played in her eldest daughter’s school, award-winning author Shelley Hrdlitschka spins this idea into a fast-paced and thril...more
Ashley D--
Katie’s grad class has been banned from playing Gotcha, the traditional bead-stealing game grade 12 students have been playing at her school for years. The grad council takes the game underground, and over 200 students sign up to play the game. Every student gets a bead and the name of another student, whose bead they have to steal by tagging them. The game has been banned because it tends to get out of hand and students have been hurt playing it before.

Katie doesn't want to play Gotcha, but she...more
This novel explores the lengths to which people would go for money or glory. Set in high school, where grad students take part in the game "Gotcha", each player is given a bead to represent their life in the game. Each student has a name of a victim whose bead and next victim they need to obtain. The last person standing wins the money. Overall, the premise of the book is simple. What I liked was how Katie's personal life was interwoven with the game and how friendships were affected by the game...more
Apr 11, 2011 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Irene by: Anna
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3.5 stars - I was really interested by the concept for this book. I think similar games are played at a lot of schools and for the most part these games don't get out of hand; however, it's easy to see how they might. In this story, high school seniors take part in a game called Gotcha! They each get a bead and the name of a student, and the goal is to tag their victim and claim his/her bead. The game continues until there is only one winner. There were a few parts that I found really obvious an...more
Shawn Bird
Hrdlitschka impressed me with this one. Following in the footsteps of The Wave and The Chocolate War, we explore a school game that goes too far. The narrator's voice was realistic, the interactions were believable. The only false note for me was with the emails sent between Katie and her dad. Katie's excessive use of juvenile text slang, seemed not to reflect the intelligent and strong student she is portrayed as in the rest of the book. Had the notes been back and forth between peers, her UR a...more
Gotcha! is the story of Katie, a high school senior, and the "bead-snatching" game Gotcha that is played by her class shortly before graduation. The game causes tensions between friends, and in the past has even resulted in violence, causing it to be banned in school this year, but students have taken the game underground. Throughout the book, Katie struggles with problems caused by Gotcha as well as problems at home, where her dad has recently left her and her mother. There are a lot of cliches...more
I started this book and thought that it wasn't that good. Then I completely got sucked in, and read it in one evening. It's the story of a Grade 12 class who are participating in a game that involves stealing beads from other class members. Katie, the main character, enters the game somewhat unwillingly. She sees how friends become paranoid and stab each other in the back as they try to gather each other's beads.

This was a very realistic and fast moving story, and I was sucked in because I had t...more
I read this book last year when I was a junior in High school and I was not too impressed with it. I mean it was alright but at the same time it seemed a little unrealistic. Thinking back I feel the main character was a little whiny and bratty. It was like any problem that was thrown at her was a major crisis that ruined her life. I feel like you can't really appreciate this book until you are a senior and you are dealing with the same "drama", but at the same time it is for more of a "younger"...more
A very believable narrator takes us through her senior year in British Columbia, where the senior class plays a game called Gotcha!, in which each player tries to win the most beads by tagging their fellow students off-campus. Social pressures, conformity, the embarrassment and dismay caused by parents, the betrayal or worse, the casual indifference, of friends...these characters and their social hierarchy felt very real. Nominated for a 2011 Stellar Award (B.C.'s Teen Reader's Choice).
Luna PenDragon
I liked this one. I read it as a member of White Pine 2009. I really like the whole game called Gotcha. It sounds pretty fun and dangerous at the same time. The issues with the Father are very serious, although none of the problems with him are resolved in the end. I liked the "GROUP-THINK" scene near the end of the novel. The poor guy did do something terrible but did not deserve what they did to him. They were a little extreme but that's how group-think works.
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I wasn't sure whether or not I'd like this one. Surprisingly, I did, despite it not being a 5 star. The characters were bland but still intriguing, as I was hoping the entire time that I'd get more of a chance to get to know honestly, was the PREMISE that made me like this book so much. It was so much unlike the other books in this genre, just the PLOT. I really liked it.
I really liked this book! It makes me wish that my own grad class had done a game like this one! Even though there was some problems that Katie had along the way with the game, I just thought that the whole book was so cute. Joel was by far my favourite character because he reminded me of someone that I know. I reccomend this book if you're looking for a quick, fun read!
Karina Tavarez
This book is about a girl named Katie who is in 12th grade with her friend. A game called gotcha is a tradition that all the twelve graders play. Katie and her friends decide to play it out of school since it got banned from playing soon the games brings a lot of problems. The major problem is that Katie lost the prize cause her father had a gambling problem.

I enjoyed the development of the characters and the budding romance. I was a little taken aback by how quickly the protagonist thought that things were getting out of hand. I felt that the build wasn't quite there. I was totally on board by the "party incident" but before that I needed a little more.

This was a good book. The main character, Katie, was easy to like and I was always smiling whenever she was with Joel. Wish it continued a litle more after to see what happened to Katie, Joel, and Paige but oh well. None the less, still good. :)
At times this book was hard to follow since it's set in a Canadian High School. The characters often use what I am guessing is Canadian slang so sometimes I was a little lost. Overall, the book is great for girl reluctant readers.
A quick read - suspenseful enough to keep me turning the pages. However, the ending was a bit too pat: Katie had to face up to the consequences of her participation in the game, but the consequences weren't too bad...
Thi N.
I love the book. Just loved it! Joel K. was just a sweetheart! I seriously fell in love with Joel when he came in the story. (:
Katie made everything interesting trusting Warren and her ex-bestfriend Paige.
Interesting idea. I think this book should be directed at a lower age group, it was a very simple read but had some parts with more advanced information.
As a high school teacher, it was somewhat interesting what students could be up to. It was a little too girly for me, but not too bad.
I mostly liked this book because it was suspenfull- and a real page turner. Read it if you're into thrillers.
Sep 14, 2012 Lexi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this book starts off really interesting which keeps my attention and makes me want to read more.
This book as good but had some parts where I was shaking my head.
This was great - I wish they played Gotcha at the highschools here.
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Shelley discovered her love for children’s literature as a teacher. This gave her the idea of writing her own books, and she is now the author of nine novels for teens, all published by Orca Book Publishers.

Shelley lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. When she’s not writing she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practising yoga, Zumba dancing or volunteering at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for...more
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