Sixteen-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always
felt like an outsider at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school
perched above the Pacific. As long as she’s not fitting in, Devon figures she
might as well pad her application to Stanford’s psych program. So junior year,
she decides to become a peer counselor, a de facto therapist for students in
crisis. At first, it seems like it will be an easy fly-on-the-wall gig, but her
expectations are turned upside down when Jason Hutchins (a.k.a. “Hutch”), one
of the Keaton’s most popular students, commits suicide.
Devon dives into her new
role providing support for Hutch’s friends, but she’s haunted by her own
attachment to him. The two shared an extraordinary night during their first
week freshman year; it was the only time at Keaton when she felt like someone
else really understood her. As the secrets and confessions pile up in her
sessions, Devon comes to a startling conclusion: Hutch couldn’t have taken his
own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality—and tortured by her
unrequited love—Devon embarks on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of
Hutch’s death … and the stakes are higher than she ever could have imagined.
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