An Education in Ruin
A sophisticated standalone YA suspense for readers of E. Lockhart and Karen McManus, featuring themes of scandal, deception, wealth, and greed, by the acclaimed author of Happily and Madly.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.

An Education in Ruin Details

TitleAn Education in Ruin
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139781250195951
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Mystery

An Education in Ruin Review

  • Leah Waters
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SO GOOD.Nonstop entertainment! Wow, this was even better than I expected. There's drama, twists, romance, a revenge plot--and it all takes place at a boarding school! The characters are morally gray, which makes the drama even more fun. The characters are also super unique and interesting, and everyone has secrets (even the main character keeps secrets from the audience!) so I was flying through the pages, desperate to learn what happened. And when everything came together, I was s This book was SO GOOD.Nonstop entertainment! Wow, this was even better than I expected. There's drama, twists, romance, a revenge plot--and it all takes place at a boarding school! The characters are morally gray, which makes the drama even more fun. The characters are also super unique and interesting, and everyone has secrets (even the main character keeps secrets from the audience!) so I was flying through the pages, desperate to learn what happened. And when everything came together, I was so satisfied and impressed. Seriously, this book is like a combination of mystery and gossip, and it was just amazing. You want entertainment? Read this book. It's awesome.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    A fun romantic suspense book featuring two of my favorite things: rich kids and boarding school! Collins has transferred to Rutherford, prep school for the rich & richer, with the sole purpose of "getting" to Jasper and Theo Mahoney so she can ruin them. You don't know why at first, only that Theo has a secret Collins is determined to uncover by infiltrating his friend group, and Jasper is a mark for a different reason--Collins is going to make him fall in love with her.The build up of the book A fun romantic suspense book featuring two of my favorite things: rich kids and boarding school! Collins has transferred to Rutherford, prep school for the rich & richer, with the sole purpose of "getting" to Jasper and Theo Mahoney so she can ruin them. You don't know why at first, only that Theo has a secret Collins is determined to uncover by infiltrating his friend group, and Jasper is a mark for a different reason--Collins is going to make him fall in love with her.The build up of the book is how Collins insinuates herself with the cool kids, and some of their rich kid antics. Jasper is at first resistant to her charms, so it takes some time for the romance to really kick off, but once it did, it was my favorite part of the book, beside some stellar tech-suspense in the back half. Overall, once the characters/story got to the shareholder meeting at the exclusive ski resort, the story really took off for me. Without saying too much, Collins' revenge thread converges with Jasper's (and several other people's threads) involving Rob James, a tech genius/Yale dropout and former Rutherford student whose invented a new medical device and gotten everyone to invest. But there's a lawsuit looming and Jasper seems to have beef with Rob... An Education in Ruin has a lot of the same things I loved in Happily and Madly, her last book--rich kids behaving badly, romantic suspense, and some big feels. It's definitely less suspense-driven than Happily & Madly, or some of the other thrillers I read, but I would recommend this one to YA romance fans who like some intrigue as conflict for their romantic pairing.
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Mildly surprised at just how bad this was.Some 17-year-old girl whose name I've forgotten enrols in a fancy private school to take revenge on a couple of boys. Her 'vengeance plan' is laughable, half-baked, and anyway falls to pieces instantly when she falls head-over-heels for one of her targets.As if that's not bad enough, the writing is insanely stilted and the dialogue is unrealistic as hell.[Blog] - [Bookstagram] ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Mildly surprised at just how bad this was.Some 17-year-old girl whose name I've forgotten enrols in a fancy private school to take revenge on a couple of boys. Her 'vengeance plan' is laughable, half-baked, and anyway falls to pieces instantly when she falls head-over-heels for one of her targets.As if that's not bad enough, the writing is insanely stilted and the dialogue is unrealistic as hell.[Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
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  • Lisan (lovesbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, it gave me strong wattpad vibes but it was actually written really well and didn't drag.I loved the plotting aspect in the beginning, where Collins was planning how to make Jasper fall in love with her. The flash backs got me really intrigued into the backstory, it was all very mysterious.The flash forwards were the ones that broke my heart though, because you could see what was going to happen in the end, yet it didn't really make any sense but I really couldn't wait.Collin's I loved this book, it gave me strong wattpad vibes but it was actually written really well and didn't drag.I loved the plotting aspect in the beginning, where Collins was planning how to make Jasper fall in love with her. The flash backs got me really intrigued into the backstory, it was all very mysterious.The flash forwards were the ones that broke my heart though, because you could see what was going to happen in the end, yet it didn't really make any sense but I really couldn't wait.Collin's and Jasper's relationship was the cutest. but I actually really enjoyed all of the characters because they were all very unique but not all very likeable.I loved the vibe of the fancy private school as well as all the rich people with their rich parents and vacations. I wouldn't call it dark academia because it wasn't that dark, but there was a sort of underground society and a lot of backstabbing and secrets..... soo.If it reminds me of anything, it reminds me the most of the series Gossip girl, so if you like that series I would definitely recommend!!
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  • Anna Bright
    January 1, 1970
    i was intrigued from the get-go by this premise-- a girl heading to boarding school for the express purpose of ruining two brothers. i was tired when i first opened it, but by the time i closed it to sleep, i'd somehow read 30% of the book. alexis bass's prose is perfect and her plot is just as perfectly twisty. for anyone who loves boarding school intrigue or the machinations of rich kids' parents!
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good boarding school book. AN EDUCATION IN RUINS is not one of those books.The reason for the revenge plot doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, given that the woman who put Collins up to exacting revenge is unscrupulous, which Collins knows. Trust no one.
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  • Jill Hart
    January 1, 1970
    I sped through this book - so good!
  • Purrrfect.Books
    January 1, 1970
    2,5✯
  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @20%I am having a hard time getting into this book. The main character is really dislikable and the story is quite far-fetched. Also, there is no introduction to the characters or the story at the beginning of the book. It just jumps right in and leaves you trying to figure out the details. Not for me.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you net galley for the advance reader copy of this novel. Wow what a read! This was a cont contemporary YA novel regardless part romance and part sleuthing through details to figure out what was going to happen to the elite at a boarding school. Collins, Theo and jasper are all at a bordering school and the story revolves around a serious misdeed by jasper, another misdeed by his brother Theo, and a bunch of tech savvy investors that are influenced by Colllins Dad. I loved that the story p Thank you net galley for the advance reader copy of this novel. Wow what a read! This was a cont contemporary YA novel regardless part romance and part sleuthing through details to figure out what was going to happen to the elite at a boarding school. Collins, Theo and jasper are all at a bordering school and the story revolves around a serious misdeed by jasper, another misdeed by his brother Theo, and a bunch of tech savvy investors that are influenced by Colllins Dad. I loved that the story pulled you through the end. I didn't like how my ebook format had the flashbacks in time set up. I also didn't like the fact that the misdeeds by Theo was mentioned in a small way and then not again as it has been built up in the novel. I really wish that the author has done an epilogue with a chunk of time past so the reader could see where ALL the characters ended up.....stewart, Theo, Anastasia, Rosie, Rob, etc. We only see a glimpse of where Collins and jasper are. Great read that keeps the pages turning.
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  • BRNTerri
    January 1, 1970
    This was awful and a lot longer than it should have been, by about 100 pages. I got real impatient with the story, which was going nowhere at all, then I got bored at around page 250 with still over 100 pages to go. There are so many characters, mostly classmates, to keep up with. I thought I was going to read a suspenseful story about a nasty, conniving teenage girl who's out to 'destroy' innocent people but that's not what we got. Collins is an extremely bland character, not unlikable at all. This was awful and a lot longer than it should have been, by about 100 pages. I got real impatient with the story, which was going nowhere at all, then I got bored at around page 250 with still over 100 pages to go. There are so many characters, mostly classmates, to keep up with. I thought I was going to read a suspenseful story about a nasty, conniving teenage girl who's out to 'destroy' innocent people but that's not what we got. Collins is an extremely bland character, not unlikable at all. She is out to do some dirty work that her aunt Rose put her up to while away at a boarding high school in California. She actually transferred to that school just because her aunt wanted her to. Dirty deeds are usually done to the benefit of the one doing said deeds but Collins wouldn't have benefited from them so why do them? Collins is just poorly written. Speaking of her aunt, there's a secret Collins learned about her a week before going away to school. I cannot think of one reason why that was put into the story as it did nothing at all for it other than to add filler content. And the secrets she has on people aren't anything like what I was expecting. One nasty trick she pulled on Theo, he didn't even get mad at her for doing it which was so unrealistic. I didn't really feel like I was reading about children because they mostly acted too mature. In fact, they should have been in college, not high school. And the main secrets involved >>>> spoiler warning >>>> money investments among the parents and insider trading! Who wants to read about that? Certainly not the target audience of young adult readers, which consists of middle and highschoolers.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm being quite serious: don't read this unless you're okay with delving into a world of morally gray, often loathsome wealthy people. If you don't have the energy for a real viper pit of #richpeopleproblems, pick up something else.I understand the compulsion to compare with The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and at first I would have chosen that as a readalike based on the boarding school setting, the inclusion of a secret society, and a deceptive main character, but I didn't fin I'm being quite serious: don't read this unless you're okay with delving into a world of morally gray, often loathsome wealthy people. If you don't have the energy for a real viper pit of #richpeopleproblems, pick up something else.I understand the compulsion to compare with The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and at first I would have chosen that as a readalike based on the boarding school setting, the inclusion of a secret society, and a deceptive main character, but I didn't find this nearly as well-written or as compelling, the secret society barely featured, and the inexplicably named Collins (Collins Pruit - a girl named like a law firm) was a deadly combination of not particularly sympathetic/desperate, nor calculating enough for me to somehow admire her cleverness. (Her bizarre plan is initially fed to her by an obviously untrustworthy character, and later improvisations don't necessarily turn out well.) The main romance technically hit the right beats, but I found myself wondering over and over what exactly attracted the two characters to each other.That said, despite a slow and uneven first half, and a narrator who I didn't find particularly clearly characterized or compelling, I did find myself engaged by the second half, at least enough to want to see how deep the rabbit hole went. It did get a bit twisty within the character relationships, so if you like that and a dubiously moral main character in a story, go for it (though the twistiness gets undercut by a somewhat lackluster epilogue). Otherwise, perhaps give a pass.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Most of the teens enrolled at the Rutherford Institute are there because their family can afford to buy them a place at the prestigious boarding school known for churning out wealthy young elites that will go on to succeed at Ivy League Colleges and start their own companies. They are there to get good grades and have fun when they can. Collins Pruitt is there for another reason, to destroy the Mahoney brothers. She’s on a mission to bring down Theo and Jasper because she’s sure it’s the only wa Most of the teens enrolled at the Rutherford Institute are there because their family can afford to buy them a place at the prestigious boarding school known for churning out wealthy young elites that will go on to succeed at Ivy League Colleges and start their own companies. They are there to get good grades and have fun when they can. Collins Pruitt is there for another reason, to destroy the Mahoney brothers. She’s on a mission to bring down Theo and Jasper because she’s sure it’s the only way to save her family. But as she gets closer to the boys she develops a friendship with Theo and feelings for Jasper making things much more complicated. Will she be able to fulfill her ultimate plan to bring down the boys’ mother by hitting her where it will hurt her most, her boys hearts?VERDICT is that I probably won’t be recommending this book to many people. From the description I thought this was going to be a fun guilty pleasure read along the lines of Gossip Girl or One of Us is Lying. This novel fell totally flat for me though. There was never any incentive to emotionally connect with any of the characters and I didn’t find Collins’ plan for revenge to be all that intriguing. If you’re going to have a novel filled with a bunch of entitled characters they need to at least do something interesting. There was no real twist because of the flash-forwards that I think fell flat because there were no surprising character developments.
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  • Hope Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    Collins is the only daughter of uber-weatlhy investment mogul Jacob Pruitt. As such, she has always enjoyed an easy and sheltered life. The summer before her junior year in high school her aunt speaks with her to reveal that her father is having an affair with a woman who is using him as a bail-out for her family's dire financial straits. Aunt Rosie convinces Collins to move schools to the elite Rutherford School and get close to the woman's sons in order to find damaging information to use to c Collins is the only daughter of uber-weatlhy investment mogul Jacob Pruitt. As such, she has always enjoyed an easy and sheltered life. The summer before her junior year in high school her aunt speaks with her to reveal that her father is having an affair with a woman who is using him as a bail-out for her family's dire financial straits. Aunt Rosie convinces Collins to move schools to the elite Rutherford School and get close to the woman's sons in order to find damaging information to use to convince the woman to break up with her father. Only Collins didn't expect to really fall in love with the oldest son, Jasper.I had high hopes for this book, especially since it has been compared to E. Lockhart's work. Sadly, this fell far short of the mark. I did like that Collins didn't come across as snobby rich girl who uses as the world as her playground. Instead, she was more of a poor little rich girl, and I almost felt sorry for her since it seemed like she was being used as a pawn in this adult game of high finance. Collins came across as a girl of average intelligence, and very naive, but still expected to pull an amazing con. She simply doesn't have the feminine wiles or lack of conscience needed in order to bend others to do her bidding. I kept waiting for that mind-blowing plot twist as in Lockhart's "We Were Liars," but it never came. The best adjective I can think of to describe this book is "tepid."
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  • Jennifer Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Edelweiss DRC review:If you enjoy unreliable narrators, then this book might be for you. I have trouble deciding if Collins is unreliable or just been lied to so much she doesn't know what's true. There are also LOTS of secrets in this book, which don't really come out until the very end, and even then you are left wondering. Collins is headed to boarding school. Her aunt has tasked her with finding some dirt on two boys, brothers, in order to break up their married mom with her dad. Aunt Rose c Edelweiss DRC review:If you enjoy unreliable narrators, then this book might be for you. I have trouble deciding if Collins is unreliable or just been lied to so much she doesn't know what's true. There are also LOTS of secrets in this book, which don't really come out until the very end, and even then you are left wondering. Collins is headed to boarding school. Her aunt has tasked her with finding some dirt on two boys, brothers, in order to break up their married mom with her dad. Aunt Rose claims that the mom is using Collins dad for his money. As Collins tries to befriend the boys and make Jasper fall in love with her so she can break his heart, she finds out that what secrets the boys possess are not what her aunt had in mind. The book is broken into sections by months and at the end of each section there is a hint of what happens in March. The ending seemed to end with a good closure. I would recommend this for 7th and up.
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  • sparkypink
    January 1, 1970
    "Can you worm your way into people's lives, get to know all sides of them, without also starting to feel close to them?"This is the struggle of Collins Pruitt, who transfers to Rutherford Institute, a prestigious boarding school. She has a hidden agenda, and is determined to learn the truth in order to help her family. But as truth comes to light, and feelings get real, will she be able to follow through?It took me several chapters to get into the story, but once I did, it was a fairly quick rea "Can you worm your way into people's lives, get to know all sides of them, without also starting to feel close to them?"This is the struggle of Collins Pruitt, who transfers to Rutherford Institute, a prestigious boarding school. She has a hidden agenda, and is determined to learn the truth in order to help her family. But as truth comes to light, and feelings get real, will she be able to follow through?It took me several chapters to get into the story, but once I did, it was a fairly quick read. While I did question the plausibility of high school students being tasked in the downfall of multi-million dollar corporations, I found myself pulled in to the characters and their stories. Each character had their own agenda throughout, and there was enough mystery written into each one that you didn't know who to believe at any given time.I received an ARC of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Christine Hazel Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Collins Pruitt has it all... or so she thinks: a loving relationship with both her parents, wealth, acceptance into a prestigious and exclusive boarding school. But someone in Collins's life tells her that all of what she loves most is at stake, and how to fix it, if she's brave enough.I liked Bass's overall story crafting in "An Education in Ruin." Bass writes her protagonist in a way that allows her morals to be tested, and Collins is certainly an interesting character. I wanted to keep readin Collins Pruitt has it all... or so she thinks: a loving relationship with both her parents, wealth, acceptance into a prestigious and exclusive boarding school. But someone in Collins's life tells her that all of what she loves most is at stake, and how to fix it, if she's brave enough.I liked Bass's overall story crafting in "An Education in Ruin." Bass writes her protagonist in a way that allows her morals to be tested, and Collins is certainly an interesting character. I wanted to keep reading to see what happens, but there were a few points in the story where I felt the pacing was a bit rushed, but not so much so that the story as a whole suffered. If you're looking for a love story that isn't run of the mill, this one is definitely for you.
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  • Zoey Waddell
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this book in exchange for an honest review.Now, to say I didn't enjoy reading this would be a lie. It was so easy to read and it was quick as well! I think what kept me captivated was the difficulty that Collins had with what she was trying to do. While she wasn't my favorite female narrator, I did like watching Collins grow and kind of understand. The twists and turns felt very unrealistic for most of the book and the main romance felt stilted and not quite there. However, I did fe **I received this book in exchange for an honest review.Now, to say I didn't enjoy reading this would be a lie. It was so easy to read and it was quick as well! I think what kept me captivated was the difficulty that Collins had with what she was trying to do. While she wasn't my favorite female narrator, I did like watching Collins grow and kind of understand. The twists and turns felt very unrealistic for most of the book and the main romance felt stilted and not quite there. However, I did feel a Gossip Girl vibe that was pretty intoxicating. I wish our gay character and our diverse characters were a bit more fleshed out and involved in the book, but I did enjoy the quick (if a little predictable) read.
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  • Lori Goldstein
    January 1, 1970
    I count myself as incredibly lucky to have had the chance to read an advance copy of AN EDUCATION IN RUIN. Alexis Bass's writing is lush and immersive. I was instantly drawn into the world she creates at this elite private school. The ensemble cast of characters is expertly drawn, with each feeling distinct and real. The main character of Collins is as flawed as she is fearless, making choices to help and protect those she loves, fighting hurt and betrayal, and coming to understand what it truly I count myself as incredibly lucky to have had the chance to read an advance copy of AN EDUCATION IN RUIN. Alexis Bass's writing is lush and immersive. I was instantly drawn into the world she creates at this elite private school. The ensemble cast of characters is expertly drawn, with each feeling distinct and real. The main character of Collins is as flawed as she is fearless, making choices to help and protect those she loves, fighting hurt and betrayal, and coming to understand what it truly means to give and receive love. The relationship with Jasper feels earned, real, and made me happy and sad all at the same time. This is a gorgeous book, and I will be here for all of Alexis's future books! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!
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  • Haley Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    If you write a book about boarding school, rich kids getting into trouble, and mysterious back stories... I’m in there like swimwear.⁣I loved the setting, the academics, the gossip and cliches. Collins seemed very real - with real struggles. The brothers, Theo and Jasper were interesting as well, but I never really felt a connection to Jasper.⁣I enjoyed the writing style and had a hard time putting this one down. Each chapter ending makes you want to see what happens next. I will say that certai If you write a book about boarding school, rich kids getting into trouble, and mysterious back stories... I’m in there like swimwear.⁣I loved the setting, the academics, the gossip and cliches. Collins seemed very real - with real struggles. The brothers, Theo and Jasper were interesting as well, but I never really felt a connection to Jasper.⁣I enjoyed the writing style and had a hard time putting this one down. Each chapter ending makes you want to see what happens next. I will say that certain aspects of the “high stakes” overarching story didn’t really seem to work for me. I can’t say much more without giving anything away. ⁣Overall, this was an enjoyable read! ⁣
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  • María Laura
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Muy Gossip Girl todo, razón por la que me enganché bastante.Lo que no me convenció fueron todos los conflictos y sus consecuencias, no sé si ameritaba tanto escándalo pero igualmente lo disfruté y me cautivó hasta el final.Ah y en este libro nombran dos veces a "Buenos Aries", SUPONGO que se estaban refiriendo a la ciudad Argentina llamada Buenos Aires... No fue una vez sola, porque si lo hubiera sido, tal vez fue un error pero ya la segunda vez me pareció un poco ignorante. Me molesta cuando 3.5Muy Gossip Girl todo, razón por la que me enganché bastante.Lo que no me convenció fueron todos los conflictos y sus consecuencias, no sé si ameritaba tanto escándalo pero igualmente lo disfruté y me cautivó hasta el final.Ah y en este libro nombran dos veces a "Buenos Aries", SUPONGO que se estaban refiriendo a la ciudad Argentina llamada Buenos Aires... No fue una vez sola, porque si lo hubiera sido, tal vez fue un error pero ya la segunda vez me pareció un poco ignorante. Me molesta cuando estas cosas suceden porque habla de desinterés y desconocimiento. Tal vez me molesta más también porque soy de Argentina y específicamente, de Buenos Aires.
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  • Trishla Jain
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe ending felt anticlimactic to me. But I did enjoy the MC, Jasper, and the friendships that she had with the characters. I enjoyed the story and writing as well, even though it felt like Collins was too trusting of Rosie, but she did eventually start questioning things. I would like to read more about Jasper and Collins, maybe in later years or something!
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  • Brianna Donato
    January 1, 1970
    Dnfd 36% into the story. Just didn't grab my interest and I didn't like the MC.
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    It had some very large holes in logic and perhaps attepted to be much more diabolical than it actually was in the end.
  • Book Babe2333
    January 1, 1970
    It was an okay book. A little hard to get into at first. Took me about 3 chapters to really dig into it but when I did it was good. Fairly quick read also.
  • Bec
    January 1, 1970
    In the simplest sense, this book just didn't offer much that hasn't been done before. The writing style itself felt extremely flat and disconnected, making it difficult to care for the characters and how their circumstances turned out. The plot, as well, felt forced and honestly insignificant in a sense. The characters lacked any depth at all. Additionally, diversities included in the story felt surface level only and used just for the sake of including a diverse character cast. Overall, this fe In the simplest sense, this book just didn't offer much that hasn't been done before. The writing style itself felt extremely flat and disconnected, making it difficult to care for the characters and how their circumstances turned out. The plot, as well, felt forced and honestly insignificant in a sense. The characters lacked any depth at all. Additionally, diversities included in the story felt surface level only and used just for the sake of including a diverse character cast. Overall, this felt like a very forced and stilted story that you can find elsewhere. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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