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 expose them for who they really are.
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 ruin them. Unless she gets what she wants. She needs leverage and she’ll go to any lengths to secure it.
But 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 also destroying herself.
“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
“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 It Wasn’t Always Like This and Finding Paris
"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 This is Where the World Ends and Falling Into Place