to celebrate the release of her newest YA novel, The Smaller Evil.
Sometimes the greater good requires the smaller evil.
Seventeen-year-old Arman Dukoff is crippled by anxiety and chronic illness when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He's taken a huge risk for a chance to "evolve." Beau, the retreat leader, is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman's not sure, but more than anyone he's ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than worthless.
The retreat compound is seculded among towering redwoods, and when its iron gates close behind him, Arman believes he can get better. But the program is a blur of jargon, bizarre rituals, and incomprehensible encounters with a beautiful girl. Arman is certain he's failing everything. But Beau disagrees; he thinks Arman has a bright future--though he never says for what.
And then, in a instant Arman can't believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? or murder? Arman was the only witness and now the compound is getting tense. And maybe dangerous. As the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he's always trusted the least: himself.