An Education in Ruin (Hardcover)

By Alexis Bass

Tor Teen, 9781250195951, 384pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2020

List Price: 19.99*
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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.

About the Author

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.

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. Bass’s writing is as compelling and addictive as the unfolding secrets and deceptions that drive Collins Pruitt deeper into the world of elite Rutherford Institute. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This is the kind of book you devour in one sitting and then flip back to page one to savor your favorite passages again.” —Joy Preble, author of Dreaming Anastasia and Children's and Teen Programming Director at Brazos Bookstore, Houston

"Sophisticated and smart, Happily and Madly is everything you want in a summer read: a lavish beach setting, a troubled family, forbidden love, and a slow-burning mystery that sinks in its hooks and doesn’t let go until the last page. I’m still thinking about it." —Virginia Boecker, author of An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

“This lush and slow-burning mystery by Bass (Love and Other Theories, 2014; What's Broken Between Us, 2015) is intoxicating and exhilarating and will enthrall young readers and mystery fans alike. Readers will be hard-pressed to unravel the mystery before the last page.”—Booklist on Happily and Madly

"This masterfully paced crime thriller grabs readers from the get-go and does not let up, pulling them along with Maris down a twisting path through blind alleys, past red herrings, and into an enticingly complex web of deceit, money, and power."—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books on Happily and Madly

"Sexy and surprising, with sinister twists and turns lurking beneath the surface.”—Kara Thomas, award-winning author of The Cheerleaders on Happily and Madly

"Forbidden romance, dark family secrets, twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end—get ready to fall madly and deeply for your next favorite YA romantic thriller."—Kim Liggett, New York Times bestselling author of The Grace Year, on Happily and Madly