The Mockingbirds

The Mockingbirds
By Daisy Whitney
Published on Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on November 2010

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

The Cover: The Mockingbirds now has a new cover- I like the new cover more than the old.  To be honest, I got the old cover confused with Mockingjay quite often.  I think it was wise to change the cover and I think it was absolutely for the better.  I wonder if the signature on the front of the novel is actually the authors?  Either way, it was a very nice touch to the cover.

The Characters: Alex goes through living hell in this book.  She is raped and has to go through the process of being a victim, feeling guilt, feeling shame, and coming full circle into being a survivor.  It is not pretty, but it is authentic. I loved the side characters in this book: Casey, T.S., Martin, Maia, Amy and others- the author is incredibly talented in created life-like characters.

The Story: This is the kind of book that you shake, and probably throw across the floor a few times.  I was so engrossed in the story- by the time the climax of the narrative came, I was shaking the stuffing out of my book I was so angry.  Not angry because the story was bad, angry because the story was so good I was 100% invested in the characters and they were making me angry.  Daisy Whitney is an incredibly talented author and I can't wait to read more from her.

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