From Alexis Bass, the acclaimed author of Happily and Madly, comes this lush and sophisticated YA tale of scandal, greed, love, and revenge, An Education in Ruin.
The Mahoney brothers are the golden boys of Rutherford Institute. Theo is well-connected and popular—but he’s hiding something. Jasper is studious and focused. Though he isn’t as impenetrable as he seems.
Collins Pruitt is going to expose them for who they really are. She will earn their trust—and then she’ll ruin them. Unless she gets what she wants. Even if that means her own secrets may be exposed.
As she’s pulled further into Theo’s and Jasper’s orbit, she uncovers truths she wasn’t expecting—truths that make her question why she’s doing this in the first place . . . and if it’s possible to ruin them without 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