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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 Ma
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks
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to celebrate the release date, the author sent me a finished copy with one of the best inscriptions ever:

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it's been a long time since a gentleman compared me to his genitals. well, compared me favorably at least. buy this book TODAY.

this book is just so much fun.

full disclosure - an author friend of mine asked me to read this because he is himself friends with the author of this book. and i'm all overwhelmed here because i have been way too greedy with netgalley and accepting offered books bu
Emily May
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. I'm not sure I'm the right audience for Don't Get Caught, but I can't deny that this book is pure entertainment.

I don't really like to stick gender labels on books, but I think Don't Get Caught would be a great book to get teenage boys reading. It's very silly, celebrates the underdogs and misfits, and is full of pranks, dirty jokes and hilarious misfortune. Some people are comparing it to John Green's work, but I personally like Dinan's style more. He isn't too concerned with bein
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Every so often a book comes along, that as soon as you read the first few paragraphs- it gives you tingles in your belly....because it takes you back to a time in your youth when anything seemed possible. The world was new and exciting-when things went wrong it was okay...because with youth on your side, you could face whatever it threw at you as long as you had friends that were all going through some of the same things. It may take a while to find those soulmates...but once you did, everythi
Kurt Dinan
Oct 21, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, so I totally didn't mean to click Want to Read on my own book! Now I can't change it back! I look like such a narcissist! ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

This is a terrible idea any way you look at it. It's stupid, irresponsible, and borderline suicidal. But I'm going anyway.

Max Cobb is tired of being a nobody, a mediocre student, a disappointment to his parents and to his teachers. When he finds in his locker an invitation to join the school's most prestigious secret club, responsible for pranks and vandalism for several decades, Max is decided to throw caution to the wind, and for once in his life act like one of his heist movie heroes: confi
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Don’t Get Caught is the story of a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal
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After reading karen's review of this book, I commented to her, This sounds like what I'd hoped for from The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life but didn't get so now I'll have to read this when it comes out in two million years and then all will be right with the world. and she was all, "You know, I thought of you while I read this because I think you'd like it and I
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I am a lover of all books with capers, cons, and heists. Now I have to add pranks to that list!

Who doesn't love a good long as you're not the target of said prank.

One day Max gets an invite to the Chaos Club - the school group that pulls epic pranks from year to year. When he arrives at the clandestine time and location, he finds a hodgepodge of other students with the same invitation. Soon it becomes evident that they were targeted for a prank.

Thus begins the plan to unmask
Kathleen Glasgow
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I don't think I've laughed out loud during a novel this much since I read "King Dork" by Frank Portman. Dinan's crafted a whip-smart, fast-paced screwball comedy about the pitfalls of high school: bullying, unrequited love, the social ladder, parents, teachers, and the school security guard. Max is indelible, a delight, with a pitch-perfect voice and I wish I'd known someone like him in high school. Dinan's ear for how teenagers speak is uncanny, but he's also got something else in spades: ...more
Kali Wallace
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. I love it so much I have to write it in all-caps again: I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's funny and sweet and entertaining and SO MUCH FUN. Max is absolutely charming and hilarious as a narrator, and all the trouble he and his group of fellow outcast friends get into--and maybe don't always get out of--had me laughing from the first few pages all the way through the end. There are pranks and rivalries and good ideas and TERRIBLE ideas and friendships made and friendships ...more
Margot Harrison
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book cracked me up repeatedly.

I loved Max's voice — it's funny, fresh, frank, and probably other words starting with F that I can't think of right now. I love his heist-movie obsession and his snarky commentary ("If you're ever talking to an adult and need a fast explanation for something unexplainable, say you did it with an app").

And I love that he understands that there's a point where snarking and pranking get just plain mean. There are no PSAs in this book, but Max is a good guy. I rea
Kelly Hager
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are really no words for how much I loved this book. It's not a surprise because it's been pitched as Ocean's 11 meets The Breakfast Club, two of my most favorite things.

It's not exactly a secret that I love heist movies. Give me a team of people and a target and I'm a happy person. In fact, sometimes I love thinking about what I'd target given some friends and an opportunity...but probably best not to keep discussing that, right?

Anyway. So Max and I would be really good friends, I bet, bec
Sara Grochowski
Kurt Dinan's YA debut is an absolute riot! When Max Cobb receives a note inviting him to join the Chaos Club, a secretive prank group, his determination to become more than "Just Max" means he can't refuse. Cut to Max and four of his misfit classmates being caught painting the school water tower and landing themselves in detention. It quickly becomes clear that they've just been pranked. But what would "Not-Just-Max" do? Get even... and unmask the Chaos Club. Fans of fast-paced heist films and w ...more
Jeff Zentner
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, there was a part of me that was absolutely predisposed to like this book. Two of my all-time favorite movies are "Goonies" and "The Breakfast Club." I'm such a sucker for stories about ragtag groups of friends that come together in common purpose--bonus points if that common purpose is to get into trouble.

I'm overjoyed to report that this rollicking, hilarious, irreverent, bighearted, and charming book lives up to every bit of its wonderful premise.

I loved every leap-from-the-page,
Julie Eshbaugh
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-sweet-16s
I loved DON'T GET CAUGHT for so many reasons, first and foremost because it introduced me to Max Cobb. I knew I liked Max from the first page. His authentic voice drew me into this twisty, smart story and before I knew it I was completely sucked in. Max is on a mission, and I was going with him to the very end.
This book is pitched as The Breakfast Club meets Ocean's Eleven, and it actually lives up to that comparison. (I know--that's really saying something--but it's true!) Just like in both of
Tine’s Reviews
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
I thought I wouldn’t like this story because as you can see on my Goodreads reading progress, I started reading this on February 11 and I finished this on February 25 but I loved this book!

This story is fucking intense, bad-ass characters, fun, and crazy adventure. It’s the story about the 5 people who was invited by the Chaos Club that one night and then they were busted by the police. It’s like I’m watching the movie and that was good. Then, they talked to find out who is the Chaos Club and h
Robin Reul
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All I can suggest when you sit down to read this book is that you put on your favorite comfy sweats, settle into your favorite chair with some snacks and get comfy because you are not going to want to stop until you reach the end. Dinan's razor sharp debut is witty and engaging and keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat to the very end with twists impossible to predict. Max Cobb is a hilarious, relatable underdog for whom the reader will be rooting every step of the way as he attempts to c ...more
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

That's it. This is going on my all-time-favorites list. But Bee, isn't this the second one you add to that list this year? Why yes it is, thank you for noticing! You might be wondering why it gets a spot on that list, and I'll tell you. I have much to say about this book and by the end of it, you'll hopefully know why I loved this so much.

Don't Get Caught is about Max. Max is Just Max, a nobody, nothing special at all. So when he gets a mysterious invi
Jay G
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*


Maxwell Cobb has always been known as "Just Max", boring and nothing special. So, when Max receives a note in his locker from The Chaos Club to meet them at the water tower he obviously accepts the offer. When he arrives, he is greeted by 4 other students, Kate Malone, Dave Wheeler, Tim Aldeta and Ellie Wick, who have also received invites. Thinking they are being offered positions into
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Elaine by: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating 4.5/5
At Asheville High School there’s a special secret Club - the Chaos Club. It has been pulling pranks at the school for more than thirty years but no one seems to know just who is behind it. When Maxwell Cobb, Ellie Wick, Dave Wheeler, Kate Malone and Tim Adleta all receive invitation to go to the Club but to tell no one, that’s exactly what they do, only finding out the others have been invited when they reach the rendezvous. They’re not the ones you’d automatically assume would be me
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy via netgalley.

Anyone ever been apart of senior pranks? Ok take that and times it too 100x it's an all out school year war. This books growth of all the character's throughout is incredible. It's started off a bit rocky since all of them seemed to be these two dimensional "nobodies" conveniently set up and when I sat back and pictured the five of them I immediately thought why not, I would have them all as my heist partners it makes total sense different backgrounds, specialitie
This was really fun, and I know I really liked it because my ARC had a ton of printing errors (like, full-on missing pages) and not only did I plow through anyway even though I rarely have compunction about DNFing, but my first thought afterward was "I'm gonna buy a copy now so I can see what I missed."

If you love Breakfast Club-esque books, absolutely add this one to your list. The characters are great, the pranks are original, and the voice is spot-on.
Brooks Benjamin
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are certain types of movies that will always get an insta-watch from me.

For example, heists.

I love how screenwriters come up with these intricate plans of attack that have to be carried out by a select group of friends, each with their own strengths. These stories are always full of villains and red herrings, twists and turns, botches and foils, love and betrayal. It's storytelling at its absolute action-packed peak.

So when I heard this book pitched as The Breakfast Club meets Oceans Eleve
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year old Max is obsessed with heist movies, and so when he is given the opportunity to be a part of a prank pulled off by the notorious Chaos Club, he throws caution to the wind and accepts the challenge. He’s not going to be known as “Just-Max” anymore; “Not-Max” embraces danger, does cool things, and sneaks out of his house in the middle of the night to be…caught, red-handed, in the biggest set-up known to man. Ouch. Luckily, Max lives by a set of heist movie rules, and #7 is “Always g ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

Books like this always make me feel like nothing cool ever happened in my high school.

This was a riot - laugh out loud and full of fun. They got it right when they said that this was The Breakfast Club meets Ocean's Eleven because it includes all your favourite high school tropes with an epic prank war that makes you want to rewatch all those great heist movies.

When Max and 4 of hi
Jenny Manzer
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heist Rule #9: Know your enemy. Extending the heist rule slightly, let's say that writers should know their readers, and Kurt Dinan does in spades. I think DON'T GET CAUGHT is the lively, funny, irreverent story many teens have been waiting for. This is definitely one to recommend to teens who appreciate humour and might not otherwise pick up a book. The well-crafted plot keeps us on our toes and the humour keeps us laughing. Underlying the elaborate, creative (and often hilariously rude) pranks ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Don't Get Caught. It was exciting and I liked they way they think lol Revenge prank goshh I wish I was this brave during my teenage years 😂 Btw the twist at the end asdfghjkl I kind of expect that but at the same time I didn't phewwww ...more
Kathy MacMillan
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Most of the time, when a book is touted as ____ meets ____, I am disappointed at the result. Usually the story only holds the vaguest of resemblances to the well-known movies or books it's being compared to. In this case, however, the tagline of "Ocean's Eleven meets The Breakfast Club" is dead-on. Dinan's high school caper novel delivers all the intricate fun of Danny Ocean's schemes and all the self-revelatory teen
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle schoolers and above
A Hilarious Mashup of Pranks and Suspense

You can’t turn down an invitation from the Chaos Club, an anonymous, prank-pulling club, because you know that you will face dire consequences if you do. Having been around for 40 years, the Chaos Club’s history includes training birds to poop on someone’s head, filling an entire office with water balloons, and other nefarious pranks. So when they invite Max Cobb and four others to climb a water tower at night, everyone agrees. But while climbing the wate
4 stars. I LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK. The writing is hilarious. The characters are likable, unique, and surprising. The discussion is interesting and valid (Revenge?? Justice?? Philosophy?? I APPROVE).

Also, there's the fact this entire novel is about epic prank wars. YASSS.

I especially enjoyed our main protagonist/narrator. Max is a lovely representation of awkward ducks (like yours truly), as well as anyone who ever wished they had the guts and willpower to pull off an epic heist - which
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Kurt Dinan is a high school English teacher living in Cincinnati. His debut novel, DON'T GET CAUGHT, was released April of 2016, and was a Junior Library Guild selection and winner of 2017's YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Award. His latest novel, THE SCAM LIST, will be released in August of 2020. He is represented by Kerry Sparks of LGR. ...more

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