The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.
I loved this book! The Mockingbirds has been on my shelf since BEA 2010- that is crazy long. I don't know why I took so long to read it, but since I have an ARC of the sequel waiting to be read I figured this was as good a time as any. This was a heartbreaking and intense read, but it had a great message and a plot that sucked me in from the first page. I can't wait to pick up The Rivals and see what happens next.
Alex was such a brave character. Her experience at Themis Academy was awful and I can't imagine the pain and heartache she felt after being date-raped by a boy she barely knew. Even worse, the school would do nothing so she is left with consulting the secret honor society known as The Mockingbirds that helps their fellow students. I feel as though Alex would be someone I could be friends with in real life. She was strong and determined and even at her worst moment she came out fighting. I admired her dedication to gaining justice and how she wasn't afraid to show her emotions when things got especially tough.
This was certainly a page-turner because I just had to know what was going to happen. There were quite a few plot twists and Alex only starts remembering the night of her rape very slowly and each memory helps her in trying to piece together what really happened. The Mockingbirds has a unique premise and the idea of a secret society righting the wrongs committed against their fellow students is such an original idea. The Mockingbirds may seem like an unbelievable group, but it worked.
I have never dealt with what Alex had to (thankfully), but I still felt for her and wanted her to be able to seek justice and move on with her life. Luckily, she had a great support system in her friends and sister. The secondary characters were a great group (especially TS and Martin) and I liked getting to know them all and better understand their role in the story.
Contemporary YA is my favorite genre and The Mockingbirds once again reminded me why this is true. Daisy Whitney's debut was a brave and intense read that will open teen's eyes to something not often talked about- date rape. While this did deal with a very serious issue, there was still humor and romance, which I loved.
Overall, The Mockingbirds is a book I will definitely be recommending to my friends and I hope if you haven't picked it up yet, you will. I'm so glad I have The Rivals on my TBR shelf because I can dive right into it!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
November 2, 2010/Little, Brown BFYR/332 Pages/Young Adult/Book One
Source: BEA '10
Other books in this series: The Rivals