The Year of the Gadfly
By Jennifer Miller
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24)
Iris Dupont begins her freshman year at elite Massachusetts prep school Mariana Academy with a mission: to kick-start her journalism career by ferreting out the truth in the school’s hallowed halls. Soon she uncovers a web of secret-society exploits, deadly pranks and teachers who know more than they let on. With a cast of engaging characters and a febrile plot, this addictive debut novel about the intricacies of prep school social life cuts to the core of why we are the way we are.