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An Education in Ruin

An Education in Ruin

Alexis Bass

Tor Teen


From Alexis Bass, the acclaimed author of Happily and Madly, comes this lush and sophisticated tale of scandal, greed, love, and revenge, An Education in Ruin.

The Mahoney brothers are the golden boys of Rutherford Institute.

Collins Pruitt is going to ruin them.

Theo Mahoney is well-connected and popular. He’s charming and beloved. But he’s hiding something.

Jasper Mahoney is lauded for his intellect and athleticism. He’s studious and focused. But he isn’t as impenetrable as he seems.

Collins will earn their trust—and then she’ll destroy them. But the closer she gets, the more she questions the reason she was sent to Rutherford in the first place…and if it’s possible to ruin the Mahoneys without also destroying herself.


I find him in the study hall entrance of the library, right where he’s supposed to be. He’s past the rows of long oak tables topped with dark metal lamps, leaning against a wooden column. Above us is a towering ceiling ignited...

Praise for An Education in Ruin

“With gorgeous writing and secrets that keep you turning pages until the heartfelt end, this deeply immersive tale asks how far we’ll go to protect those we love—and what happens when we’re wrong. I devoured this masterfully plotted and beautifully executed story.” —Lori Goldstein, author of Sources Say and Screen Queens

“It's hard not to fall for Bass's glittering cast and all the secrets they keep at Rutherford Academy. The romantic tensions and hidden motives of these golden, blessed boarding schoolers will have you turning the pages fast.” —Amy Zhang

“Part Gossip Girl, part Riverdale, with a healthy sprinkle of teen noir, Alexis Bass’s AN EDUCATION IN RUIN is a juicy, scandalous, romantic delight, with twisty family secrets, wealthy prep school setting, and a protagonist whose mission to destroy the Mahoney brothers brings her face to face not only with her own family’s lies but also the desires of her heart. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Joy Preble, author of Dreaming Anastasia and Children's and Teen Programming Director at Brazos Bookstore, Houston


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Alexis Bass

ALEXIS BASS grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and a gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever, Dylan McKay. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of long beach vacations.

Alexis is the author of Happily and Madly, Love & Other Theories, and What's Broken Between Us.

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