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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 ...
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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A 2014 Anthony Award Best Young Adult Novel Nominee
"Escape Theory is a riveting psychological journey—Margaux Froley truly nails it. The characters sing on the pages, the mystery leaves you breathless, and the world is spooky but recognizable—you feel like you're in the thick of things with Devon every step of the way. I will never think of Nutter Butters the same again, and I can't wait for the next Keaton School installment!"
—Sara Shepard New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars
“A sexy, smart, page turner, a must read!”
—Octavia Spencer, Academy Award winning star of The Help
“Escape Theory kept me up way past curfew, with no regrets.”
—Cecily von Ziegesar, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gossip Girl
“A suspenseful, psychologically complex drama of teenage angst and sexuality.”
—New York Journal of Books
“This is Froley's first novel and I can't wait for her to bring another book out. I loved the strong lead characters and finally a teen girl who doesn't give everything up for the perfect guy—Devon's guy is far from it. If you like a mystery, a good teen story or a bunch of very different characters, this is for you.”
“Gossip Girl goes West Coast ... [Devon] opens a Veronica Mars-style investigation that uncovers a web of secrets and lies.”
"A stellar debut.... With a heady mix of mystery and emotional turmoil, Froley gives readers compelling character development."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Veronica Mars meets Nancy Drew... This fast-paced novel weaves emotionally rich characters into a complex web of unspoken rules and painful secrets, including love, betrayal, and a deeply entrenched system of pharmaceutical abuse among Keaton's students."
—School Library Journal
“Froley infuses this story with layered and interesting characters that keep the reader guessing [about].... the super-rich, complicated student body of Keaton School. If this debut novel is any indication of the quality of those to succeed it, the series should have a great following.”
“Margaux Froley gives the boarding school novel a West Coast twist in this suspenseful and complex mystery.... Readers will be eager to follow Devon's progress.”
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Posted January 17, 2015
I originally got this book via NetGalley but was unable to finish it. However, the first chapters alone had me HOOKED so once I was able to buy it, I was excited to get back to it. There was something incredibly intense about Devon and Hutch, I had to know what really happened to him.
The story starts with the moment they shared together in Freshman year. This moment, involving Nutter Butters and pancakes, is so beyond incredible. In between what is going on at present, we hear bits and pieces of that day. This is what attached me to Devin and Hutch. Especially Hutch. Why? Because the things he said to her that day resonated with me big time. Like these:
“Because I figure there's two kinds of people in the world. The ones who do everything that's laid out for them, the supposed-tos, and then there's the people that look above it and do what they want to do. I prefer the latter, but maybe that's just me. A not-supposed to.”
“I just like the idea of looking back at my life and feeling like I made different choices than everyone else, you know? Most people are inherently boring if you really dig deep. They don't want much, they don't veer from their chosen path, and they're generally scared of change. I don't know, at least that's how my grandfather tells it. I don't want to be like fifty and realize that I was one of those people who didn't bother to think outside the box.”
And that's not all. There was something infinitely amazing about their connection that day. It was like this perfect moment in time. Inescapable in its perfection. I get chills thinking about it.
Back to the present... As she conducts the therapy sessions with her peers, she begins to put pieces together. Based on what she learned of him that one day, and what she's gathering now, she just knows that Hutch couldn't possibly kill himself. She knows it's up to her to find out the truth because everyone else seems convinced that it was suicide. Throughout this ordeal in the aftermath of his death, she deals with a lot--having to console Hutch's friends and attempting to come to terms with it herself. And in the end, she does find out the truth.
Escape Theory was a stunning novel. It delves deep into the way people are and what they become when they are placed in certain situations. The romance between Devon and Hutch... simply beautiful. Margaux Froley kept me entranced by their story, from their moment to their last moment. It tore me up and sewed me back together again. Very impressive and a must read.
My Rating: Very Good
Posted March 14, 2014
This was a wonderful book with a wonderful story. It shows how you can see your flaws through others and make changes for the better. I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2013
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Posted April 11, 2013
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Wow...who knew boarding school was so exciting and fraught with mystery and peril? Well, I guess everyone who read the books or saw the movies of Harry Potter. Bt this school has no magic or wizards, just the usual high school angst cranked up to 11 because when you live with your peers, there's no getting away from your unrequited crushes, your mistakes...or the realization that comes too late that you JUST SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING!
During the first week of her first year at boarding school, Devon felt like an outsider until one night's secret adventure had her spending stolen time with "Hutch," the guy who would soon become Mr. Popularity and move out of her orbit. But that was 2 years ago...and now Hutch, the golden boy of campus is dead of an apparent suicide. It didn't matter that Hutch would never OD on oxy, at least according to the people who new him best...that was the verdict that the school and his family, as much as they tried to hush up the news, was pushing. But Devon, even though they had never really kept up, knew that the connection she had forged with Hutch those years ago was a true one, and she was not buying the story. So, using her position as a Peer Counselor - a pilot program which would help her get in to Stanford - Devon commences her talks with anyone close to Hutch who needs assistance with their grief in order to find out the truth of what really happened that horrible evening when a wonderful guy lost his life too young. But who will help Devon with her secret grief?
A wonderful story that contains mystery, scarily casual misuse of prescription drugs, and a romance that might have bloomed make Margaux Froley's first book in the Keaton School series a must read.
Posted April 8, 2013
Devon has always been on the outside at the boarding school she attends. She decides to sign up as a peer counselor to add some extra padding to her college application. She thinks it will be an easy job but a student called Hutch commits suicide and Devon soon learns many secrets from the kids she is counselling. She does know Hutch as she had a fun night with him years ago when she first came to the school. What she knows from that night and what she hears leads her to believe Hutch would never kill himself and she believes he was murdered. Now she tries to track down who did it and why.
I really enjoyed this book as it really is a mystery. Most people believe Hutch did it to himself and doubt Devon cause after all she really wasn't one of his friends. She tries her best to track down his history these last few years at school and she really finds out more than she ever would have known about him. She also knows the Hutch that noone else knew the one who told her things he didn't anyone else. I like seeing the moments between Devon and Hutch in flashbacks. You get to see a different side of her and a different side to Hutch. Devon does manage to get a few friends from her counselling job even if some of them don't believe her about Hutch and want her to mind her own business. She never backs down from her belief and often gets into bad situations. This story does draw you in cause with all you hear about teens it is quite believable and you never really know what is going to happen to the end.
Posted November 16, 2013
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