Review + Giveaway: Escape Theory by Margaux Froley

Received from publisher for Blog Tour
Published: March 12, 2013
Escape TheoryPublisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 272

    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

What could be better than a book that takes place in an elite boarding school just days after a boy committed suicide, or so they thought...

Devon takes on the job as peer counselor in Escape Theory meeting with Hutch's friends and ex-girlfriend during this difficult time. Hutch, the boy who died, sent out a text to everyone in his contact list the night he died, well to everyone but Devon. Even though Hutch's death was ruled a suicide, Devon thinks otherwise.

The thing is, Devon and Hutch had a secret night in the kitchen together. No, not anything risky they just made Nutter-Butter pancakes (which I definitely want to try now!) So not only is Devon dealing with therapy sessions with Hutch's old friends, but also her own questions, like why didn't she receive that last text from Hutch the way everyone else had?

I found Devon to be likable, but had a bit trouble completely stepping into her shoes, but she did have a pretty strong voice throughout the story. My favorite character in the book was Hutch. We get to hear first hand experiences Hutch's friends had with him and even some flashbacks from Devon's point of view. I love that the author made Hutch appear to be this 'Golden Boy' to Devon, but that he had a darker side she didn't know of. 

One part that really turned me off was how frequently the teen girls in the book cursed and talked down to one another. Really, not all teenagers talk like that. I felt like I was always aware that an adult was writing this novel, the voice and actions of the teens just felt forced to me which prevented me to really enjoy the book. 

Awesome Quote:
"I just like the idea of looking back at my life and feeling like I made different choices than everyone else, you know?"

Characters: 4/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Impact: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

 In Escape Theory we follow a teenage peer counselor, Devon while she tries to uncover the truth behind Hutch's death. There's definitely some slow parts, but they are balanced out by the murder mystery part of the story and Devon's fight to find out what really happened to Hutch.

A big thank you to Soho Press for making this giveaway possible!

One copy of Escape Theory by Margaux Froley is up for grabs!

There will be one winner.
U.S. only please.
Entrant must be least 13 years of age.

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Giveaway will end Friday, March 15th.



  1. I'm bummed to hear about the cursing as I usually prefer cleaner novels but I still like the premise and I like that Devon has a strong voice. Looking forward to trying this one!

    1. Yeah, it was even a little bit much for me and I don't mind it. I hope you love it though! :)