Author: Kurt Dinan
Published Date: April 1st 2016 by
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
"I'm not going to define myself by such simple terms any longer. And I'm sure as hell not going to let anyone else do it for me either. My friends, including Boyd, have shown me the consequences of letting that happen. If I've learned anything over the past six months, it's that I'm capable of stunning feats of greatness and amazing moments of stupidity. That's who I am, and it's time to embrace that."
This was a fun and entertaining book, and at times it did remind me of certain other books, but I’m okay with that because sometimes you just need a nice payback type of book.
Max is tired of being “boring” and he sees this invite that he got in his locker as way to become somebody. Little does he know that four other students had been given the same note that will change their lives forever.
Max along with Tim (Adleta), Wheeler, Ellie, and Kate (Malone) all end up at the same place, and find a clue that tells them what to do, but when it doesn’t go as expected and they end up getting into some trouble. They become friends and decided to get back at the people that put them into this situation in the first place. At least that’s what they think they’re doing.
As the school year goes along and each member of Max’s crew pulls a prank each worse than the previous one, until one of them gets into serious trouble and puts a stop to it for a while. But then on the last possible day the biggest prank of all gets pulled and the culprits that started it all get caught.
That twists at the end though, even though we had a warning about it, I still wasn’t expecting the person to be as devious as they turned out to be.
This wasn’t just a story about pulling pranks though. It’s one about friendship and figuring out who you are in the world and what it is you want to do to leave your mark on the world.
I really enjoyed this one and how easy of a read it was. If you want a quick/fun read then I think you should check this one out.
This book does contain strong language at times.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.