I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Escape Theory by Margaux Froley
Series: Keaton School #1
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Length: 7 Hours 54 Minutes
Published by Soho Press on March 12th 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Action & Adventure, General, Romance, Young Adult, Love & Romance
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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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 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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From the Hardcover edition.
Why Did I Listen to Escape Theory by Margaux Froley?
Escape Theory by Margaux Froley appealed to me based upon the publisher – Soho Teen. Soho Teen was still a relatively new imprint when I had requested it on Netgalley. What they were doing sounded actually kind of really awesome. I am also a sucker for books set in private schools and for mysteries. Consequently, I was super thrilled to find an audiobook version of Escape Theory available on Hoopla for my listening enjoyment. Also, I was incredibly excited to find the book due to my super whittle down the netgalley queue goal achievement.
What’s The Story Here?
Escape Theory is a book set at a private school narrated by this girl named Devon. She is a bit of an outcast at her school. It is a really ritzy sort of school and she is not at all a ritzy sort of person. Devon is at Keaton on scholarship. One night she has this amazing sort of evening. It is with this boy named Hutch. Then, it develops into a bit of a crush. Unfortunately, Hutch commits suicide. Yet, Devon thinks there’s foul play involved because Hutch was not the kind of person to commit suicide. He had none of the indicators. To get to the bottom of it, Devon joins a peer counseling program. She begins to unravel the mystery behind Hutch’s death.
How’s The Characterization?
So, the main character Devon is actually really quite smart. She’s also a bit of a loner. She’s talking about her transition to Keaton in the beginning of the book. In addition, Devon also talks about how June like the month, this girl, is trying to help her make friends. She is trying to get Devon involved in activities and such. Unfortunately, Devon just does not feel like it — which leads to her whole night of friendship with Hutch. Anyways, I wasn’t too sure how I felt about Devon at first and to be honest, I am still not clutching a fan club card for her. I mean, Devon moves the story along okay, but she is not inspiring any real feelings or attachments in me as a reader.
How’s The Writing?
Margaux Froley’s Escape Theory is a good airplane sort of read. As Devon finds the answers behind Hutch’s death, there’s some action and it is quite thrilling. Also, the book gets intriguing as we slowly read the recap of Devon’s night with Hutch and why it is relevant to the story. Alas, I am not super invested in this story, but it is a good palate cleanser type of story. Escape Theory is one book that I absolutely would be confident reading on the plane because you do not need to be so heavily invested.
What Did I Think Of The Narration?
The audiobook of Escape Theory is narrated by Amanda Dolan and is published by Audiogo. The audiobook is 7 hours and 52 minutes unabridged, but I listened to it at 1.25 speed as that’s kind of my new thing. Anyways, this audiobook truly does go quick. I listened to it over the period of two days. Furthermore, I thought Dolan was an okay narrator. I wasn’t wowed like I am with Katherine Kellgren or any of my other favorite narrators. Most of all, I have no real complaints either. In all, the audiobook is not a bad audiobook but also not a great one.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
This book is perfectly average.
Other reviews of Escape Theory by Margaux Froley:
Red Letter Reads – “left me wishing for something more”
Lose Time Reading – “a really great contemporary mystery”
The Reading Date – “entertaining and witty”
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