Escape Theory by Margaux Froley

After the apparent suicide of a popular senior, boarding school peer counselor Devon starts wondering if there was something more going on and decides to find out the truth about the boy she loved from afar.

Escape Theory is smart and well-written, with varied characters and an interesting setting. Devon is haunted by an encounter she had with Hutch, the suicide whose friends and girlfriend she’s now counseling, and because that one night stands out in her mind as a defining moment, she can’t let Hutch go without figuring out what exactly happened to him. She just can’t believe he killed himself–and neither can anyone else. It’s 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, and Devon’s role as peer counselor gives her access to the other characters in an organic and compelling way.

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