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July 2020
Tor Teen - Macmillan

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An Education in Ruin

Alexis Bass

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.


Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona and spent her early 20s in Seattle. She graduated from Arizona State University with a business degree as well as a love of writing. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband where she works in marketing and writes novels for young adults.

Praise for this book

“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
Author of "Falling into Place" and "This is Where the World Ends"