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.
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.
While the concept of boarding school mystery isn't exactly new, the way that Escape Theory takes it on totally is. The chapters are split into sessions that Devon has as a peer counselor and really moves the story along as the mystery of what happened to Hutch starts to unravel.
I love Devon's voice and again, another excellent addition to the SOHO Teen imprint. That's three months of excellent mysteries back to back...I couldn't be any more pleased!
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