Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
332 pages
Read on December 11th 2010


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 got The Mockingbirds because date-rape is a serious thing and, honestly, I love books that talk about serious things. They're not only entertaining, they're also helpful. And I had never read a book about date-rape, (if you don't know what that is, go here) so this was quite new and fresh.
There were so many mixed reviews about this book I didn't know what to expect. And this turned out to be a book with an awesome concept (The Mockingbirds), a likable heroine (Alex) and love interest (eh, lets leave that blank for now) and a great message.
The characters were well developed and seemed real to me, even the secondary ones, like Amy, who turned out to be my favorite of them all.
The writing was good too, and though I wouldn't say the plot's pacing was perfect, it was still a very enjoyable read. The ending was really good, and though the main thing was definitely predictable, there was still a minor twist I think was perfect.
What I really loved, though, was The Mockingbird's concept. It was awesome, and I thought it was even more awesome that it was Alex's sister who created them.
So, if you're looking for a book that is not fluffy, but not that darkly written either, and are interested in this date rape issue, or if you simply want to know about The Mockingbirds, read it.

3 kisses


Jen the bibliophile said...

I've actually never heard of this book (I feel as I'm kind of a failure). Thanks for bringing it to my attention! You rock!


Zakiya LadyWings said...

You aren't a failure, Jen! :D

Awesome review, Leonor. I will definitely have to check this one out. I had been hearing mixed reviews, and wasn't sure if I should give it a hot or not.


Anonymous said...

I love books that address serious subject matter as well. I have to read this one soon!

Ginny said...

I was wondering whether I should get this book or not because, like Zakiya said -and you basically as well-, I've heard mixed reviews about this one. So, thanks for writing the review, Leo!

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