Release Date: November 2, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Kindle Store
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 concept of The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney has had me hooked when I first heard about it. I love books about tough issues. They are usually some of my favorites, and The Mockingbirds definitely dealt with a tough issue. Date rape, and the fine line between consensual sex and rape. This is a powerful story that brings speaking up and out into the forefront.
Although the premise was fantastic–I loved the idea of students taking matters into their own hands–I found the characters to be lacking. Especially Alex. Unfortunately, I didn’t really connect with her. She was having all of these strong emotions and going through this terrible ordeal, but I just didn’t feel it. I really wanted to! Fortunately, this wasn’t a huge blow to the story. I was still interested in the workings of The Mockingbirds, and I enjoyed the side characters a lot.
Overall, The Mockingbirds was an enjoyable read, it just wasn’t the fantastic read I wanted it to be. Maybe my exceptions were just too high…? Whatever it was, it was still a good debut and I will definitely be reading anything that Daisy Whitney puts out in the future.