June 8, 2015

Blog Tour: GET DIRTY (Don’t Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil – Playlist and Giveaway

Blog Tour:  GET DIRTY (Don’t Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil – Playlist and Giveaway

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Get Dirty (Don’t Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil!

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Blog Tour:  GET DIRTY (Don’t Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil – Playlist and Giveaway

<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>

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Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Published by: HarperCollins  on June 16, 2015
Series: Don’t Get Mad #2


Here are a selection of songs that author, Gretchen McNeil, has chosen for her playlist!

You can check out the entire playlist on YouTube HERE!

The original 80’s 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 and Mosh, serenades her with it at one of the band’s concerts, 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 and Mosh sounds…in my mind.

As much as I love the original Go-Go’s version, I wanted something punkier (more Bangers and Mosh-ish) for this playlist. I feel like Kitty, Margot, Olivia, and Bree could do a smashing cover of this song as well.

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.” You’re welcome.

I hear the secrets that you keep/When you’re talking in your sleep. Creepy McStalkerson? Maybe, but DGM is all about secrets.

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.

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. And looking back we do forgive (we had no choice, we always did).



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.


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  1. It’s a toss up between Uncle Buck and Home Alone!
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  2. My favorite is Pretty in Pink.


  3. Amy Pollard Woolard

    Pretty In Pink & Sixteen Candles are my favorites!!


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