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Escape Theoryby Margaux Froley
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Sixteen-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an outsider at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school perched above the Pacific. As long as she’s not fitting in, Devon figures she might as well pad her application to Stanford’s psych program. So junior year, she decides to become a peer counselor, a de facto therapist for students in crisis. At first, it seems like it will be an easy fly-on-the-wall gig, but her expectations are turned upside down when Jason Hutchins (a.k.a. “Hutch”), one of the Keaton’s most popular students, commits suicide.
Devon dives into her new role providing support for Hutch’s friends, but she’s haunted by her own attachment to him. The two shared an extraordinary night during their first week freshman year; it was the only time at Keaton when she felt like someone else really understood her. As the secrets and confessions pile up in her sessions, Devon comes to a startling conclusion: Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality—and tortured by her unrequited love—Devon embarks on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, and the stakes are higher than she ever could have imagined.
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"TV writer Froley makes a stellar debut with this problem novel/thriller hybrid that might be the boarding school answer to Conroy's The Lords of Discipline. Junior Devon Mackintosh, one of the scholarship student 'have-nots' at the ritzy Keaton School, is the school's first peer counselor. When popular student Jason 'Hutch' Hutchins dies in a presumed suicide, Devon's therapy sessions with grieving students become much more intense than she expected. Exacerbating matters are Devon's history with Hutch and the secrets she learns from Hutch's girlfriend, best friend, and others, all of which convince her that Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Meanwhile, Devon's romantic life is heating up, as her friend Grant returns to school looking hunkier than before. Even if the privileged environment and its prescription drug and alcohol abuse have been seen before, Froley uses the setting well, avoiding caricatures and letting her characters' apparent shallowness dissolve, as Devon quizzes them both in and out of therapy. With a heady mix of mystery and emotional turmoil, Froley gives readers compelling character development (even with a large cast) and a fast-paced plot. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
16-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an alien at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school perched above the Pacific...except for one crazy night, her first week as a freshman. That was the night she met Hutch, a legacy student with built-in popularity who somehow understood her. True, they haven't hung out since then. But Devon has always believed that they forged an unspoken bond that was lasting and real.
Now, on the eve of junior year, Devon is poised to become Keaton's first Peer Counselor: a de facto therapist for fellow students in crisis, a person to turn to when faculty or absent parents won't suffice. But Keaton is turned upside down when Hutch apparently commits suicide. As Devon provides confidential support for Hutch's closest friends, she comes to believe that Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality─and tortured by her unrequited love─she finds herself on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, with stakes higher than she could ever have imagined.
About the Author
Margaux Froley, a Southern California native, boarding school grad, and connoisseur of all things YA, spent the last few years working her way through the Hollywood ranks to become a television writer on CW's Privileged. She then moved to New York to become a development executive at MTV Networks. Escape Theory is her first novel.
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