Saturday, November 20, 2010
Fresh New Voice of YA- The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
"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."- summary from Amazon
I loved this book and it just really spoke to me because lately, with all the suicides caused by bullying as well as some other things I've heard about, I feel so powerless when it comes to righting wrongs. I feel like people are getting away with doing bad things because of authority figures looking the other way. Reading this story (and the author's note at the end) made me feel reinvigorated about justice and bad people getting what's coming to them. It was exactly the kind of story I needed at this moment in time.
The story ends how you expect it will, but the story is more about speaking up and being heard as well as the journey to getting validation that what was done to you wasn't your fault and was wrong. Alex is a wonderful protagonist and Whitney writes her in such a way that it's so easy to get lost in the story and be placed in Alex's shoes.
The other characters are handled really well and there's a lot of depth given to them. I also really enjoyed the romance in the book too; it was really sweet. The ties to To Kill A Mockingbird were really cool as well, and I liked seeing how The Mockingbirds worked.
Overall, this is a really powerful book and one everyone should read, much like Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. Go out and read this book now!
FTC: Received/borrowed book from Meaghan- thanks! Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.