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QUIZ: Who is your perfect John Hughes boyfriend—and corresponding GET EVEN character?
1. The perfect boyfriend is…
- a. Pretty
- b. Talented
- c. Hilarious
- d. Wealthy
- e. Buff
- f. Edgy
2. Pick a book:
- a. Atlas Shrugged
- b. On the Road
- c. The Catcher in the Rye
- d. A Farewell to Arms
- e. The Great Gatsby
- f. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Who is the perfect romantic couple?
- a. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth
- b. Han and Leia
- c. Ron and Hermione
- d. Rhett and Scarlett
- e. Mr. Big and Carrie
- f. Romeo and Juliet
4. Your boyfriend has an afternoon alone. He spends it:
- a. Napping
- b. Playing video games
- c. Reading a book
- d. Watching the big game
- e. With his guitar, writing a new song
- f. Alone? Never. There's always a party when he's around.
5. Pick your favorite Hollywood icon:
- a. Cary Grant
- b. Steve McQueen
- c. James Dean
- d. Gregory Peck
- e. Jimmy Stewart
- f. Bob Hope
1. a-4, b-2, c-5, d-6, e-3, f-1
2. a-6, b-1, c-2, d-3, e-5, f-4
3. a-3, b-1, c-2, d-6, e-4, f-5
4. a-6, b-5, c-4, d-3, e-2, f-1
5. a-6, b-3, c-1, d-4, e-2, f-5
5–9: John Bender (The Breakfast Club)
Who doesn't love a bad boy? Especially one who can make you laugh and happens to be tall, dark, and handsome. In GET EVEN, your match is Shane White, senior at Bishop DuMaine high school by day, lead singer of the local punk band by night.
10–12: Keith Nelson (Some Kind of Wonderful)
He's the strong, silent introvert who might not say much, but when he does, it makes you believe in one breathtaking moment that he knows you better than anyone else. In GET EVEN, your match is John Baggott, Bree Deringer's comic book-loving best friend.
13–15: Andrew Clark (The Breakfast Club)
A man in uniform gets you going. And while popular jocks get a reputation as selfish d-bags, you just happened upon the most sensitive and caring “sporto” on the block. In GET EVEN, your match is Donté Greene, star forward of the Bishop DuMaine varsity boys' basketball team.
16–18: Jake Ryan (Sixteen Candles)
A guy so hot he makes a sweater vest look good. Tired of sycophants who are only interested in his money and his red Porsche, he's ready for something more, something deeper. And you're just the girl to give it to him. In GET EVEN, your match is Logan Blaine, the happy-go-lucky surfer.
19–21: Farmer Ted, AKA “The Geek” (Sixteen Candles)
It's the age of the geek! Brains over brawn—and personality counts for quite a bit. Not everyone might see the potential in our scrawny little business man, but you do. In GET EVEN, your match is Ed the Head, Bishop DuMaine's resident fast-talking, wise-cracking bookie, and purveyor of fine junk food.
22–25 points: Phil “Duckie” Dale (Pretty in Pink)
The pompadour, the vintage vest, the wing tips— he's simply irresistible. With his geek chic and outlandish R&B karaoke skills, he'll steal your heart. In GET EVEN, your match is Ed the Head, Bishop DuMaine’s resident fast-talking, wise-cracking bookie, and purveyor of fine junk food.
26–30 points: Blane McDonough (Pretty in Pink)
He’s rich, popular, and has a mega-watt smile that lights up when you enter the room. You may come from opposite sides of the track, but he doesn’t care. He sees something in you that transcends social status or financial statements. In GET EVEN, your match is Logan Blaine, the happy-go-lucky surfer.
Get Even Playlist
1. “Don’t Get Mad . . . Get Even” by Age of Chance
t’s like a 1987 theme song for my series!
2. “The Promise” covered by New Found Glory
The original ’80s version by When in Rome is one of Bree Deringer’s favorite songs. So when her best friend John, newest member of the local punk band Bangers & Mosh, serenades her with it, Bree is more than a little confused about her feelings. This cover by New Found Glory is the closest I could find to how Bangers & Mosh sounds . . . in my mind.
3. “Revenge” by Ministry
When the angriest band—ever—says “Ain’t got time for what you feel,” you listen.
4. “Rave Up (Shut Up)” by The Rave-Ups
If you’re a fan of Pretty in Pink, you know the significance of this song. For those of you who don’t, The Rave-Ups were Molly Ringwald’s favorite band and their appearance in Pretty in Pink was at her request.
5. “Our Lips Are Sealed” covered by The Hippos
I love the original Go-Go’s version but I wanted something punkier (more Bangers & Mosh-ish) for this playlist. I feel like Kitty, Margot, Olivia, and Bree could do a smashing cover of this song.
6. “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” by The Wombats
There’s tremendous irony in the title alone, but the message of this poppy little British song is one the DGM girls live with every day: “’Cause this could all go so wrong, but we’re so happy.”
7. “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
Aside from being a quintessential creepy song, I have a personal connection to Oingo Boingo. I sang with a circus troupe called Cirque Berzerk for many years, and the bassist in our band was Johnny Avila from Oingo Boingo. We covered this song one night, and I shared a mic with Johnny, which I think officially makes me one degree from Danny Elfman, yes? Yes.
8. “Little Dead Bodies” by Algebra Suicide
My husband introduced me to this gem, which is essentially a spoken word poem about dead bodies. I think these lyrics say it all: “Imagine dressing dead people, straightening their ties and fluffing up their hair so you can afford to take a girl out to the movies on Saturday night.”
9. “Wallies” by Anne Clark
It’s a new wave anthem against bullies. How perfect is that?
10. “Head On” covered by the Pixies
In 1990, I saw The Jesus and Mary Chain (aka JAMC) at the Warfield in San Francisco. A year later I saw the Pixies at the very same theater. What’s the connection? This song. Why is it on this playlist? “Makes you wanna feel, makes you wanna try, makes you blow the stars from the sky.”
11. “Talking in Your Sleep” by the Romantics
“I hear the secrets that you keep/When you’re talking in your sleep.” Creepy McStalkerson? Maybe, but DGM is all about secrets.
12. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” covered by Lick the Tins
You might recognize this from the closing credits of Some Kind of Wonderful. I tear up every time Eric Stoltz says, “You look good wearing my future.” Also, I walked down the aisle to this cover version at my wedding.
13. “There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends” by Morrissey
Like any good playlist, this one ends with a ballad: Morrissey’s torch song from Kill Uncle. This song highlights the underlying pathos of DGM. Bullying, revenge, payback—there’s a price you pay for it, deep inside. And the girls all know it.
“Don’t get mad, get reading this wild ride filled with twists and turns, revenge and romance, suspense and Shakespeare. I can’t wait to see what Gretchen McNeil comes up with next.” (Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality)
“A revenge story with murder, mayhem, and Gretchen McNeil’s signature snark? Yes please! Gretchen proves once and for all that revenge is a dish best served deadly. Readers will be immediately sucked into the dangerously intriguing world of DGM and by the end they’ll be dying for the sequel.” (Jessica Brody, bestselling author of The Unremembered Trilogy and The Karma Club)
“GET EVEN is an edge-of-your-seat, sink-your-teeth-into-it mystery -- filled with vivid, intriguing characters, set against the ruthless landscape of a modern high school. I’m dying for the next book!” (Katie Alender, author of the Bad Girls Don't Die series)
“This suspenseful whodunit…is sure to appeal to a broad audience and engage reluctant readers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“A compelling contemporary thriller” (Kirkus Reviews)
“If you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan, it’s safe to say you’ll love Get Even” (Bustle.com)
“Will engage readers.” (Romantic Times)
“Ever-enjoyable…McNeil has a screenwriter’s instincts.” (Booklist)
“The suspense that McNeil (Ten) builds should keep readers curious to discover what happens next.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for 3:59: “This book is scientifically action-packed, complete with monsters and drama. Teens who are fans of the ever-popular Dr. Who television series will love this book.”—VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for 3:59: “McNeil’s movie-quick setup speed and humorously inventive language...make her a very welcoming author who succeeds at injecting fresh verve into some stalwart sci-fi concepts.” (Booklist)
Praise for TEN: “A breathless read.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for TEN: “In the esteemed tradition of teen horror fiction, TEN hits all the high notes: a stormy night, illicit liaisons, cut phone lines, suspicious disappearances, double-crosses, secret histories, and plenty of twists.” (Booklist)
Praise for TEN: “Agatha Christie meets Gossip Girl in McNeil’s throwback to old-school thrillers.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for TEN: “A quick-paced thriller full of half-facts and red herrings that take readers through the twists and turns of a deadly weekend.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for TEN: “Gretchen McNeil’s TEN is my new number one! I jumped at every creaking floorboard in my house and on the page. This is sure to be a teen thriller classic!” (Nancy Holder, Bram Stoker Award winning author of THE SCREAMING SEASON)
Praise for TEN: “TEN is a real page turner! Gretchen McNeil knows how to plot a thriller: Her setup is flawless and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat.” (Christopher Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the THIRST series and REMEMBER ME)
Praise for POSSESS: “A fantastic YA debut …. the humor and occasional twists will keep fans of the genre hooked and wanting to finish this book in one sitting.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for POSSESS: “McNeil strikes a fine balance between outright scares and sarcastic humor…[a] light, entertaining read.” (ALA Booklist)
Praise for POSSESS: “With demons, secrets, and a butt-kicking heroine, POSSESS is a whole lotta dark and twisted fun!” (Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series)
Praise for POSSESS: “A dark, unique, and intelligent novel with frightening twists around every corner that left me breathless.” (Courtney Allison Moulton, author of ANGELFIRE)