Review: 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.

Collins Pruitt is at Rutherford Institute for one reason only. To get close to and destroy the Mahoney brothers. She has her reasons, and she plans to go on with this mission of hers. What she doesn’t expect is to actually start falling for Jasper Mahoney along the way.

I found most of the story to be interesting, especially pertaining to why Collins was out to destroy the Mahoney family in the first place. I can’t say I didn’t see the reason coming, but there were other shocks along the way that did take me by surprise. I always love a boarding school setting; there’s just something about it that makes the story better, even if the story falls short. Unfortunately, the story did fall a little short for me. I still liked it, but it didn’t meet my expectations. 

I can’t say I liked any of the characters, except for Sebastian. He was kind of fun and I loved how he kept calling Collins by her full name. I felt bad for him, actually, because he seemed to genuinely like Collins but she wouldn’t give him the time of day because of her “mission.” That said, Collins spent a lot of time talking about her “mission” more than anything, so I didn’t really feel the chemistry between her and Jasper at all. She was just yammering about how she had to get close to him and break his heart because that’s what she was at Rutherford for. It got too repetitive.

The monthly sections ended with a little flash forward to the end of the story, which I liked. It gave me some wonder as to what exactly was happening and who Collins was with in each flash-forward. It was the flashbacks that got a little hard for me to follow because it seemed like that was also half the story instead of where Collins was presently.

Overall, I did like the book, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.

Rating: 3 stars

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