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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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.
Praise for Escape Theory…
Praise for Escape Theory
"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
“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.”
“Funny, mysterious and a little dangerous...[Escape Theory] is eminently readable and engaging...and has pop culture references that made me smile.”
—The Reading Date
“What Froley does magnificently [in Escape Theory] is create a character who without even being present occupies so much space....That takes talent.”
“Escape Theory is smart and well-written, with varied characters and an interesting setting.... A great hook for a story, the burning question of whether a connection you made with someone was as meaningful to them as it was to you.”
—Reading Is My Superpower
“A modernized Nancy Drew.”
—The Tattered Thread
"[Escape Theory] presents the dark underbelly of what can happen on a campus filled with entitled, wealthy teens.... a really enjoyable crime novel."
“Loved this book.... If you're looking for a fun boarding school book that actually packs a bit of an emotional punch, pick this one up. I really enjoyed it; it's just what I was looking for in a contemporary [read].”
—Backstage Book Lover
"[A] well-written and engaging debut."
—Stop, You're Killing Me!