The Rivals

The Rivals
By Daisy Whitney
Published on Febraury 2012
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary taken from Goodreads:

When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.

The cover:  I don't have anything new to say about this cover that wasn't said in the first book.  My only question is- who is this? It's not Martin- he has green/brown eyes.  Is it Jones? It is Theo?  I need to know!  Anyway, this cover is just as good as the first- and I am glad they changed the covers!

The characters:  For as much as I liked Alex in the last book, I didn't like her at all in this book.  I thought she was impetuous and based all of her decisions on what she was feeling in the moment.  It was as if she didn't mature at all from the first book.  Being so passionate (not in a good way) and quick to act before she thinks plus being the new leader of the mockingjays- well that just spells trouble.  There is also the startings of a love triangle- which was slightly disappointing. Martin is still the calming and centering character in the story.  He seems to be the only one who has his act together.

The Story:  I enjoyed this story, but not nearly as much as the first story.  This had all the components of a filler story- and it breaks my heart to say that.  Nothing major happens with the characters- they are not majorly changed from the beginning to the end of the story.  Yes, there is a trial, and yes people close to Alex are involved in the trial.  But nothing was resolved in the story- it was simply set up for the next book.  That being said, I don't regret reading this story- I DID enjoy it.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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