Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Mockingbirds

Summary from Goodbooks:

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.


I had read some mixed reviews about this book, but I'm glad I decided to give it a shot. The story follows Alex Parker and begins the morning after her date-rape. While some found it worrisome that the students are the ones that are judge and jury, I found it refreshing. Teenagers often play judge and jury with their peers, just look at cliques. Students judge each other based on perceptions, both real and imagined. I liked this book, because the founding of the Mockingbirds is based on one of all my all time favorite books - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I feel the author, a victim of date-rape herself, handled the touchy subject matter quite well. The resolution of Alex's story felt real to me, and I was pleased with the outcome. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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