I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL By Gretchen McNeil

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I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL By Gretchen McNeilI'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Balzer + Bray on 10/18/16
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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ReviewedbyDani

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

Short and Sweet

After dealing with the constant bullying through their high school years Beatrice and her friends Spencer and Gabe, are ready for a change during their senior year. Beatrice comes up with a formula that involves reinventing herself and her friends to become more popular and join the “It” crowd. But when a new girl takes Beatrice’s boyfriend away from her Bea thinks it’s time to undergo one more change, one that involves her becoming a manic pixie dream girl. While Bea goes through her transformation she’s learning that maybe these changes weren’t necessary.

My Thoughts

~ Bea and her friends were outcast and I liked seeing them make more friends, and Bea’s formulas were interesting.

~ While I was reading I noticed that Bea reminded me of Kevin from Mean Girls they both love math, I swear she’s a girl version of him.

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~ I’m also glad that Bea learned that she didn’t have to chase after a boy who wasn’t worth it.

~ We see Bea grow a lot during this book she goes from changing herself to realizing that just being herself is enough.

~ It also taught me what a manic pixie dream girl is, thanks for that!

~ There’s a lot of diversity in this book which was nice, and we also get to see Bea’s life at home which is split between her mom and dad.

~ Bea, has some amazing friends, but I felt like sometimes instead of helping she made things worse for them.

Overall

I loved this book. I love all of Gretchen McNeil’s books! It was funny and adorable. The characters were enjoyable except for Jesse (he wasn’t worth it). Bea learns that she can be herself and that’s what people really like her for, she also finds a little romance along the way during her journey. Definitely read it if you want something light, funny, and romantic.

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TEN By Gretchen McNeil

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TEN By Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Balzer + Bray on 9/17/13
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Mystery & Detective, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Reviewer Purchase
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ReviewedbyDani

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Short and Sweet

Ten is the story of ten teenagers who are invited to a secret house party on a secluded island over the course of a three-day weekend. Expecting to have a fun time at the party, best friends Meg and Minnie decide to go, despite Meg’s reservations. When the two arrive at the island and party house, things begin to go awry. After watching a video ending with a chilling message, “Vengeance is mine.”, the teenagers start getting picked off one by one by an unknown killer, and at this party, there’s no one you can trust.

What I Liked

~ Ten Teens on an island for three days and one killer that they have to avoid. Its so good and the suspense and having to try to avoid a killer on an island, there’s not a lot of places you can hide.

~There were some twist that I wasn’t expecting and let me tell you the killer is one smart cookie.

~Meg is a very likeable character. She’s always there for her friends, always wants to help out, and her instincts were on point. Especially when it comes to murders around her she didn’t do anything idiotic that would get her killed.

What I Didn’t Like

~This question is irrelevant when it comes to this book.

Overall

TEN is one of my favorite novels! If you want a novel with secrets and betrayals, shocking moments and terrifying conclusions, TEN is definitely the book you should buy and read!

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RELIC By Gretchen McNeil

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RELIC By Gretchen McNeilRelic by Gretchen McNeil
Published by HarperCollins on 3/8/16
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Reviewer Purchase
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For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.

The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.

The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.

As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.

Short and Sweet

Annie and her friends are graduating and planning their summer of “no regrets” before leaving for college in the fall. They take a trip to the lake, where they venture into an old, deserted mine. In the mine Annie and her friends get separated. After leaving the lake and the mine Annie and her friends realize something has followed them out of the mine and is determined to kill each of them one by one.

What I liked

~ Annie, she was smart and determined to solve the mystery of what happened in the mine and what’s after them.

~ The teens were getting picked off one by one and trying to figure out who was next and if Annie would be able to save them had me on the edge.

~ It was fast paced, eerie, and also had some humor.

What I didn’t like

~Nothing!

Quotes

“I have no idea why you would bring a controlled substance for which I do not have a medical license onto government premises. I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”

~“Four tunnels,” Jack says decisively, “eight of us. We’ll split up and see where they lead.”
“Split up?” Sonya asks. “Do you think that’s a good idea?”

Overall

I love all of Gretchen McNeil’s books and this one was just as good as all of her others and its kind of like Ten. The ending was great and it really threw me because I wasn’t expecting it at all. If you like mysteries and horrors this is a great book to read and you can definitely try to find out yourselves what’s after Annie and her friends.

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GET DIRTY by Gretchen McNeil

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GET DIRTY by Gretchen McNeilGet Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Series: Don't Get Mad
Published by Balzer + Bray Genres: Young Adult
Source: Author
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The members of Don’t Get Mad aren’t just mad anymore . . . they’re afraid. And with Margot in a coma and Bree stuck in juvie, it’s up to Olivia and Kitty to try to catch their deadly tormentor. But just as the girls are about to go on the offensive, Ed the Head reveals a shocking secret that turns all their theories upside down. The killer could be anyone, and this time he—or she—is out for more than just revenge.
The girls desperately try to discover the killer’s identity as their personal lives are falling apart: Donté is pulling away from Kitty and seems to be hiding a secret of his own, Bree is under house arrest, and Olivia’s mother is on an emotional downward spiral. The killer is closing in, the threats are becoming more personal, and when the police refuse to listen, the girls have no choice but to confront their anonymous friend . . . or die trying.

Get Dirty starts where Get Even left off. I loved Get Even but Get Dirty blew me away. I love all of the characters and I was just rooting for them to figure out who’s behind all of the murders and torment. I was trying to figure out who is responsible for everything and when I thought I had the person, I was wrong.  I was shocked when I found out who the villain is.  I wasn’t expecting it and I was blown away by Ms. McNeil’s crafty writing. I read this book in 2 days.  I simply couldn’t put it down. I love these books and would definitely recommend this series to my friends.

Get Dirty is a WONDERLAND Hit earning six Cheshire hearts for it’s thrilling plot.

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GIVEAWAY! GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
GIVEAWAY! GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeilGet Even by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-09-16
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
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Reviewed by Dani

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.


I can't even explain how much I loved this book. I think I have a book hangover, I can't stop thinking about this book. Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot are all apart of Don't Get Mad a group that gets revenge on people they think deserve it, like bullies. When one of their targets end up dead everything gets turned upside down. Someone wants their own revenge on the girls and they don't know who it is. I finished this book in two days I could not put it down. In Get Even you see things from each of the girls point of view so you won't get bored. Each of the girls live very different lifestyles and it's interesting seeing things through each of their eyes. I loved the characters even though the girls are different I felt like I could relate to each one of them. My favorite thing about this book is that they're all in DGM but when things get crazy they realize they don't know each other as well as they thought they did. Get Even had the biggest cliff hanger. Gretchen McNeil is a genius! I will definitely check out some of her other books, I can't wait until the sequel Get Dirty comes out! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries and thrillers.

 

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