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Escape Theory (Keaton School #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  580 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Soho Teen
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Faye, la Patata
An ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review. All the thoughts here are mine, and were not influenced in any way.

Ok, if you know me, I'm a person who likes to be honest and real with those who read my reviews (and if you are, I sincerely thank you from the pits of my heart), and this instance is no exception. I'll be truthful here - there are good things and bad things to be found in this book. I'm not saying those are concrete goods and bads, though, because what I will disclose ar
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Escape Theory My first thought upon finishing Escape Theory? Whoa. This book is like a runaway train and a wonderful soap opera mixed together. Friendship, secrets, scandal, it's all here and Margaux Froley has written a book that is hard to put down once you start. Be warned my friends, this is a book you'll read straight through in one sitting.
Devon has always been an observer. The one who watches rather than participates. The one who listens rather than speaks. After the death of Hutch she d
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC read from ALA Conference - so far so good!

Final vote is for 3.25 stars - mostly for being better than I expected.
Good pace and characters, though its hard to keep track of them all the time. I enjoyed the unfolding of the memory of Hutch interwoven with the present-day story. Good level of reading for mid-high school readers.

Soapbox moment: there was a lot of discussion about abusing pills, teen sex, and underage drinking that was presented as though these were common and expected among an
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought that escape theory was a great book. I picked it up because of its front cover. It looked interesting because the pink lettering against the dark background made it different from the rest of depressing books that that specific library had to offer. It looked like it was going to be another depressing book about teenage social outcast, but the blurb was slightly more promising.

To outline what the blurb said, there is a girl called Devon who goes to an expensive high class private scho
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jason Reed Hutchins just committed suicide. He was popular, rich, intelligent, handsome, and his friends can barely believe that he took his own life. Devon Mackintosh didn't run in the same circles as Hutch, but she knew him well due to one special, emotionally intimate night back when they were both freshmen.

Now, Devon is a Peer Counselor and the one assigned to support Hutch's closest friends in their time of grief. Their sessions reveal aspects of Hutch Devon never suspected, but they also m
~Warning spoilers ahead~

And it all started with

And Devons need for milk, because you can't eat Nutter Butter cookies with out it.

Devon and Hutch had a special connection, even if they really weren't friends, meaning they never had a friendship that was known. They had one night together back in freshman year, but all it took was night to form a bonding. They understood each other and when he commits suicide, a drug overdose, two years later she can't believe it.

Hutch was Keaton school's legacy
Emily Blake
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
*A copy was provided by Soho Teen for review purposes*

Escape Theory really reminded me of Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday, which you guys may or may not know is my favorite mystery book ever. The dialogue was very funny and entertaining and the best friend was absolutely nuts and had tons of personality. I really liked Froley’s idea, and I loved the setting and how she described it. The set-up was absolutely perfect, and the circumstances were written flawlessly. In some mystery books I feel l
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Escape Theory
Margaux Frawley

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Private school...drugs...privilege...death!

My thoughts after reading this book...

I loved this book...those are my first thoughts...Devon is a fascinating character. I always love the sometimes misunderstood good girls/ heroines. This book weaves an interesting web of mystery and suspense within the lives of these private school students. A popular student dies...everyone believes it s a drug related suicide but Devon is committed to find
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
There is no escaping the implausibility of this YA book. I simply could not get past the ridiculous notion that an inexperienced, untrained and unsupervised sixteen-year-old would be the main provider of psychological services to fellow students at a private boarding school after another student commits suicide. Nor could I believe that the protagonist could Nancy-Drew her way to finding the truth about the student's death. It was Frasier meets Scooby Doo, complete with surfer dudes. Feh.
Devon is at Keaton School on a scholarship, so she has a hard time fitting in with the kids their. She manages to find a few friends and get by. For her junior year she decides to be a peer counselor (the only one), which is now a needed position since a student, Hutch, killed himself. Devon is a bit thrown by this, because she has to lend support to the people who cared about him, and she is secretly one of those people too. Based on what she hears while counseling, Devon begins to wonder if Hu ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

Escape Theory has two things that I cannot usually resist: a mystery and a boarding school. The novel itself is like a fruit salad. There are some sour moments and some sweet ones. Escape Theory has its issues and I will talk about them and get them out of the way before I talk about the good things.

The pacing is way too slow. Things happen very slowly and a lot of events and “clues” end up going nowhere. The administration (the token adults) are portrayed in a very menacing manner but it g
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Note, I received a copy from the publisher for review)

Okay. Wow. I really didn't think this book was going to affect me the way it did. I had a little trouble getting started with it, mostly because I was mad that my Nook broke and it is hard for me switching gears when I was in the middle of something else. But the story quickly sucked me in.

I found myself becoming very emotionally invested in the story, sucked in. I personally adore Nutter Butters, and let me tell you, I am going to have to
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Devon is a scholarship student at a boarding school named Keaton. Hutch, one of the school's most popular students, has died (presumably by an overdose). To help get through the grief, Devon has gone through a psych program to become a peer counselor. Even though she is not an official therapist, staff knows that people will speak more to their classmate than an adult. The problem is that Devon doesn't think Hutch committed suicide; she believes he was murdered. Devon obsessively begins
Jennifer Rinehart
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've tried, on multiple occasions to finish this book.

When I first got this book, I read ten pages (which felt more like fifty) and set it aside, promising myself I'd get back to it when I wasn't so distracted and could really devote myself to the story.

Sooo, five months later, I picked it up again. I'd forgotten what was going on, who the main characters were, the setting, etc., so I had to start over from the beginning, arrgh!!!

About twenty pages in the story was pretty familiar and it was bor
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
First off I don't read too many YA books, too Gossip Girl for me. I also don't read books were I am expected to solve something. That being said I read this book despite the HS drama and e underlying suicide/murder mystery -ish ness to the book. I was drawn to it. I really enjoyed it despite a little bit of a slow start.

Devon met Jason 'Hutch' Hutchinson freshman year at the boarding school. He was different, down to earth despite being extremely wealthy and popular. He was cute in a slightly aw
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Froley brings her readers on a riveting journey as she develops her characters along a psychological mystery in Escape Theory. The main character, Devon Mackintosh, discovers what it's like to be a peer counselor her junior year at Keaton, an Ivy-League boarding school in California. But while Devon believes that assuming this position will help her fit in, she eventually sees that she may be getting herself into something more challenging.

As her curiosity is heightened by a sudden suicide at t
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This speaks volumes: When I went to add this book, after slowly working my way through it over the course of a week in which I didn't have much time to read, I had to go fetch it off my nightstand because I couldn't remember either the title OR the author. Not a good sign.

This is a murder mystery, masquerading as a boarding school book, masquerading as a coming of age story...or is it the reverse? Yes, it's a murder mystery, but it meanders its way through subplots about drugs and secret pregnan
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
I really liked this book. I felt that it was real and honest, and I really liked how Devon and Hutch was portrayed. Devon was doing very well as a peer counselor, I thought, even though she didn't completely follow the guidelines set by her teacher. She was emphatic and sensitive, sharp and smart.

We don't really get to see much of Hutch except what the other characters tell us about him, and of course, this whole story is based on the tragedy of his death. It breaks my heart a little. I wish I
Kelly Hager
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This is one of those books with a good premise: what if you were the only person who didn't believe someone actually committed suicide? I enjoyed this book, but I felt like the premise was better than the execution.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book is the fact that Devon's belief that Hutch didn't kill himself started to seem like an obsession and that served to alienate her from everyone else. (Even her friends were like, "Uh, weirdo, you need to stop this.")

And as compelling a
Erica Alyson
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! This was sooo sooo close to 5 stars for me. This is closer to 4.5 because 1 big thing was missing for me.

In this book the popular student Hutch commits suicide. Everyone felt such a huge loss by this, Devon a student at Keaton who has be in love with Hutch since she met him is the student counselor. As she meets with students she begins to think this isn't a suicide. Throughout the book we get a glimpse back to her 1 time hanging out with Hutch and it is so cute. I love it. Bu
Lauren Stoolfire
It's safe to say I was pleasantly surprised by this First Reads book. Overall, I liked the writing style and the premise. Escape Theory deals with very real issues regarding drugs and suicide and then added a layer of mystery. The author's method of alternating the beginning of freshman year when Devon and Hutch meet with present day junior year as everyone deals with Hutch's apparent suicide. For the most part, the characters were unique and had their own voice, but there were a few that didn't ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I liked more about the book was the idea of missing somebody you have never had. Devon misses Hutch although they only shared a memorable night and some Nutter Butters locked in the school kitchen. She misses what their lives could have been like if they had kept close to each other and therefore she does everything she can to solve the mystery of his death.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Too bad the love interest was dead.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. “ ...more
This review was originally posted on Ruby's Reads.

Full disclosure: This is the second review I’ve done of this book. The first one got lost in the mists of the interwebs, never to be seen again. And while I might feel better after some wailing and raising of my fists to the sky, I shan’t subject you to any more than I already did on Twitter. The worst part is, I was really happy with the first review. I’ll try to recreate it, but you probably already know that feeling doesn’t usually come that s
Rachel R. (My Book Empire)
3.5 stars for ESCAPE THEORY

Jason Reed Hutchins a.k.a. HUTCH
A legacy student. Popular. Responsible. Intelligent. He once told Devon that there are two types of people in this world - the supposed-tos and the not-supposed-tos. Hutch is a not-supposed-to.

And I don't freaking know why a guy like Hutch will take his own life. And Devon will do anything to know why, and what happened.

There were a lot of issues discussed in this book. How the school administrators run Keaton School, where the students
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been meaning to read more mysteries lately, so I thought that Margaux Froley's Escape Theory, the start to a new series by SoHo Press, would be a great place to start. I loved the sound of the plot, and it's hard for me to pass up a book that has a boarding school setting. Luckily, Escape Theory managed to be a solid debut.

Escape Theory starts the story of Devon Mackintosh, a junior at Keaton and an aspiring psychologist. Those two aspects combined are what got her landed her a job as a pee
Escape Theory. I hate an extremely large love/hate relationship with this book throughout reading it. I did come out liking it and it seems like it may be a series(correct me if I’m wrong, I’m honestly not even sure!) so I will most likely continue reading at least one more of the following books.

Escape Theory takes place in a ritzy boarding school in California. Devon, the main character, is a scholarship student and one of the only students that has not come from money and a rich lifestyle. I
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm exactly sure whether I liked this book or not. I'm still trying to figure that out. I liked the main character Devon, and a few of the others. Others characters I was pretty meh about.

The story opens with the obituary of Jason (Hutch) Hutchins, a student at the Keaton Boarding School in Santa Cruz, CA; a school for wealthy kids on track for Ivy League colleges and jobs running Fortune 500 companies. Supposedly Hutch committed suicide by ingesting a lethal dose of Oxycontin. The chapters alt
Rob Slaven
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
As is my usual preamble, I received this book through the kind consideration of the people at GoodReads. Well, that, and my tendency to sign up for lots of drawings.

To put the plot in a nutshell, our protagonista is a reluctant entrant into a high-end California prep school. After a couple of years there, one of her intermittent acquaintances commits suicide… or DOES HE…? and the hunt is afoot for what REALLY happened.

So, in judging such a work the first thing I remind myself of is that it’s a b
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“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.” 7 likes
“We're half-awake in a fake empire.” 5 likes
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