Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Escape Theory

Escape Theory
Release Date: 3/12/2013
Genre: YA Mystery
Author: 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 confidentialityand 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.
My Thoughts:  
   Escape Theory is an admirable YA contemporary mystery. I liked the mystery in this book, even though at times it was a bit predictable. I loved the characters. Margaux Froley’s writing was great and fun to read.  I highly recommend this book.
 The mystery in this book was really good. It was bit predictable at times, but this book is still a good YA mystery. There are incredible contemporary elements to this book. I loved how it's not just a mystery about what happened to Hutch but also a contemporary about how the other characters are dealing with it. The way Margaux Froley is able to blend the two different elements so perfectly together is breathe taking.

 I loved Devon. She was very relatable and realistic. Hutch was so easy to fall in love with too. I loved all of the other characters too. I didn't like how Devon and her friend constantly called each other names; I found it a bit stereotypical.

 I loved the writing. I loved how Margaux Froley transported me to this world she created it. It was like I was there watching it all go on not just reading about it.

 I really liked this book. The mystery was great. I loved the protagonist and the other characters. I loved the writing style. I recommend this book to people who like mysteries.
 My Rating:
4 out of 5 hearts: It is a great YA Mystery, and I highly recommended it.

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