Hey everyone today we have a stop on the Escape Theory Blog tour. We have a Guest post from the Author Margaux Froley.
Margaux Froley: Who Would You Cast Post
Margaux’s post about who she’d cast to play Hutch!
When I wrote Hutch, I imagined someone with the ease and coolness like Dave Franco. A charming smile like his that has the ability to make everyone have a crush on him. I liked Dave in 21 Jump Street, even though he played more of a jerk than a viable love interest. He has both the gawky teenager thing (although, he’s growing out of it quickly), combined with that classic handsome look. He reminds me a lot of Montgomery Clift.
I mean, Montgomery Clift in “A Place in the Sun” is for me one of the most classic, tortured male characters in cinema history. And, my Lord, how handsome is he? If you haven’t seen that movie, I couldn’t recommend it more. Montgomery Clift, Liz Taylor...they were both so damn good looking it just doesn’t seem fair. And such a gnarly, dark story.
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.
Devon has always been on the outside at the boarding school she attends. She decides to sign up as a peer counselor to add some extra padding to her college application. She thinks it will be an easy job but a student called Hutch commits suicide and Devon soon learns many secrets from the kids she is counselling. She does know Hutch as she had a fun night with him years ago when she first came to the school. What she knows from that night and what she hears leads her to believe Hutch would never kill himself and she believes he was murdered. Now she tries to track down who did it and why.
I really enjoyed this book as it really is a mystery. Most people believe Hutch did it to himself and doubt Devon cause after all she really wasn't one of his friends. She tries her best to track down his history these last few years at school and she really finds out more than she ever would have known about him. She also knows the Hutch that noone else knew the one who told her things he didn't anyone else. I like seeing the moments between Devon and Hutch in flashbacks. You get to see a different side of her and a different side to Hutch. Devon does manage to get a few friends from her counselling job even if some of them don't believe her about Hutch and want her to mind her own business. She never backs down from her belief and often gets into bad situations. This story does draw you in cause with all you hear about teens it is quite believable and you never really know what is going to happen to the end.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam