Release Date: November 2, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Review Source: Library
Synopsis: (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 Mockingbirds' is an absolutely lovely novel, which probably sounds like an odd way to describe a book that deals with such a serious and heinous subject as date rape. However, Daisy Whitney has written the book in such a way that it is so much more than an issue novel. Her characters feel like real people, both good and bad. Alex is an interesting, layered character from whom it's easy to feel sympathy for and relate to.
Though 'The Mockingbirds' is more than an issue novel, it deals with those issues quite interestingly, presenting messages without making them seem preachy. The book goes beyond just the issue of rape and discusses matters of truth, memory, and, most of all, justice. I love how Whitney managed to include all this weighty material without making the book feel like a lesson, and how she was even able to write humorous and romantic aspects into the story.
If you enjoy contemporaries that deal with serious issues while still retaining a hopeful tone, then you're sure to enjoy 'The Mockingbirds'. I know I really did, and I'm so glad that I was exposed to so many positive reviews which convinced me to pick this one up.
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P.S. Happy Birthday to my Mom (!!!), who supposedly reads this blog but tells me she "keeps forgetting to check it". ;)