Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

The Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney
[November 2, 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.

 Let's start with this: This is not my usual kind of book. I'll read contemporary, but just not this kind of contemporary. But a few other bloggers had been raving about it, so I snatched up the chance to get an ARC.

This. Book. Was. Phenomenal.

A little story for you: One August day, Julie had just finished a book she didn't particularly like and knew she had to read an assigned book for English. Julie was going to cry from boring books. Julie had gotten The Mockingbirds earlier that day and decided to read that instead. Julie stayed up until 4 am to finish it, despite the fact that Julie's dad wakes up at 4 to go to work and would not have been happy to see her still awake. Fortunately, Julie was snuggled into bed before her dad walked into the living room where he could see the lights.

Yeah, you got that right. Unlike with The Hunger Games, I didn't make sure I was in bed before my dad woke up. It just happened to work out well.

This book was clever and funny, despite the heavier topic. It also had the message that we all sometimes forget. You have to speak up for yourself, because others can't do it for you and when something's wrong, it has to be stopped.

My heart broke for Mel. Poor, poor Mel.

But Martin was always there and I loved Martin from the minute we met him. He was so sweet and polite and just all around epic without being perfect...or a jock.

And Alex is definitely a brave person. Any person would have to be brave to go through what she went through and talk about it and take some sort of action, because so many people don't. And while it drastically changed her life, it didn't control her life. That's something I don't think I could ever do, and something millions of women can't do.

This novel is amazing and witty and love and important for anyone who's been afraid to speak up.

--Julie

1 comment:

  1. *adds book to wish-list* Awesome review! You had me at the word "phenomenal."

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