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The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

March 8th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Honestly I have no clue where I picked this up from. Oops.

Publication date: November 2, 2010

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com:

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.

This book was a engrossing read that took on a touchy subject of date rape.  I loved the characters and each had such a distinctive voice and complemented each other so well.  One night Alex drinks too much and wakes up to find herself in bed with little memory of what happened the night before.  At first she blames herself until her roommate points out that since she was in no position to give consent to have sex she was date raped.  Then she has to make a decision, does she go to the police, stay silent or turn to the Mockingbirds for help.  Alex’s turmoil was so real that you are horrified by what happened to her as she goes through the stages of blaming herself, feeling ashamed, anger and then becoming a voice for others who were in her position but were too afraid to speak up.

As the story progresses we slowly get glimpses of what happened that night as Alex starts to remember bits and pieces.  The process the Mockingbirds has in place to “try” cases like this were amazing and although there was a system of checks and balances in place I’m not sure how comfortable I would be with students judging other students.  I understand that the Themis faculty and administration was clueless and the purpose of the Mockingbirds is positive but you have to wonder one day if their actions will one day may go too far.

Still I loved the message delivered in this book and thought overall it was a wonderful read.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Michelle

    There were so many great discussion points for this book. I struggled with some of the vigilanteism as well as where the adults really were through it all. But overall I thought it was a interesting read that would be great for schools to have a conversation on.

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