GET DIRTY Blog Tour: ‘Top Ten ’80s Film Quotes’ Guest Post, Review + Giveaway


OK… Firstly, I LOVE this series. Secondly, I absolutely adore Author Gretchen McNeil… even more so because of the awesome quotes she chose for my tour stop today. Thirdly, I am totally stoked to be a part of the GET DIRTY Blog Tour hosted by Me, My Shelf and I and to be able to share my thoughts about this book and share Gretchen McNeil’s Top Ten Favorite 80s Film Quotes.


Fourthly, I totally would have chosen several quotes from Better Off Dead because that is like one of the BEST. MOVIES. EVER. Fifthly, I have not the first clue what’s going on in Top Gun. Sixthly, while I might have chosen a quote or two from Sixteen Candles AND Fast Times at Ridgemont High, I totally love ALL the quotes chosen.


Finally, I am super excited that GET DIRTY will be releasing next week and everyone will get to read this amazing two book series and fall just as in love with it as I did.




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Title & Series: GET DIRTY (Don’t Get Mad #2)
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Release date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 384
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


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.


The Guest Post

Top Ten Favorite 80s Film Quotes

by Gretchen McNeil

1. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

To me, this epitomizes the 1980s.  It was all about having a good time, and who was better at having a good time than Ferris?

2.  “They’re here.” – Poltergeist.

Damn, that little girl is creepy.  The best 80s horror flick, by far.

3.  “Gee, I’m really sorry your mom blew up, Ricky. I guess she won’t be able to eat any spicy foods for awhile.” – Better Off Dead.

I’m guessing most of you haven’t seen this John Cusak classic.  So you need to fix that.  Now.  (I want my two dollars.)

4.  “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Dirty Dancing.

I cry every time.  Every single time.  Don’t judge me.

5.  “Carpe Diem Boys. Seize the Day. Make your lives extraordinary!” – Dead Poet’s Society.

This movie taught me how I wanted to live my life, for good or for bad.  I wept real tears of loss when I heard that Robin Williams had taken the same path as Neil Perry.

6.  “See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.” – Footloose.

Is there anything more 80s than Kevin Bacon dancing in a barn?  I think not.

7.  “You’re still dangerous, but you can be my wingman anytime.” – Top Gun.

Not gonna lie to you.  I have no idea what this movie is actually about.

8.  “I’ll have what she’s having.” – When Harry Met Sally.

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

9.  “Well, fuck me slowly with a chainsaw.” – Heathers.

Dear God, I wanted to date psychopath J.D.  I’m not sure what that says about me, but it probably inspired me to write about teens killing each other.

10.  “Screws fall out all the time.  The world is an imperfect place.” – The Breakfast Club.

Because this list wouldn’t be complete without a quote from John Bender.  ☺

The Review

GET DIRTY is the incredibly exciting, suspenseful, and absolutely gripping conclusion to Gretchen McNeil’s two-book series, Don’t Get Mad. It picks up the story shortly after the events in the first book and guarantees to keep those pages turning as Olivia, Kitty, Bree and DGMs newest members try to uncover who is behind the murders, who’s responsible for putting Margot in a coma, for setting them up to take the fall, and for threatening to make things even worse for them.

With Margot, their most logical and tech savvy member, out of commission and Bree, the group’s risk-taker practically in prison, Kitty and Olivia will have to step up their efforts, put their trust in others, and reveal their secret if they want to save themselves and their friends and stop a killer before another murder is committed. But when new information comes to light about their only suspect, it looks like they’ll have to rethink everything.

And with the danger to each of them mounting, the killer’s list of targets expanding and everything seeming to be going according to this unknown but deadly plan, time is quickly running out. If they have any hope of bringing to justice whoever is responsible, they are going to have to work fast, be smart, and figure out how to catch a killer.

Gretchen McNeil delivered an even more action-packed, nail-biting, and electrifying story with GET DIRTY. Her sequel will keep everyone guessing as to who the killer is and if there is only one. It will keep them on edge wondering whether DGM will catch them before they, themselves, are caught and convicted or before anyone else is harmed. And it promises to surprise with a number of twists and turns.

Filled with likable and well-developed characters and a few smarmy ones, too, touches of humor to lighten things up, writing that will pull you into the mystery and keep you engaged, and the guarantee of the unexpected to keep your interest piqued, GET DIRTY has it all. It’s fun. It’s thrilling. It’s shocking. It’s a fantastic read and an amazing finish to the series.

The Rating


NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

About Gretchen McNeil


Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, a finalist for Washington state’s 2015 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award and Vermont’s 2014-2015 Green Mountain Book Award, and was nominated for “Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012″ by Romantic Times. In 2013, she released 3:59, a sci-fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places.

In 2014, Gretchen debuted her first series, Don’t Get Mad (pitched as “John Hughes with a body count”) about four very different girls who form a secret society where they get revenge on bullies and mean girls at their elite prep school. The Don’t Get Mad series began in fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in June 2015, also with Balzer + Bray.


Other Books in the Series


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Title & Series: GET EVEN (Don’t Get Mad #1)
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 400
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


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.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will get SIGNED copies of GET EVEN and GET DIRTY

Ships US ONLY | Must be 13+ to Enter

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

June 1st | Wholly Books – Review

June 2nd | Bookish – Review

June 3rd | Once Upon a Twilight – Excerpt

June 4th | Fiction Fare – Review

June 5th | Fictitious Delicious – Review

Week Two

June 8th | Chapter by Chapter – Playlist

June 9th | Fiktshun – Review + 10s List

June 10th | Such a Novel Idea – Review

June 11th | Me, My Shelf and I – Spotlight

June 12th | Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

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