Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Mockingbirds review

Title: The Mockingbirds

Author: Daisy Whitney

Publisher: Little, Brown

Publication date: November 2nd 2010

Series: The Mockingbirds #1

Links: Author Website|Facebook|Twitter|Buy the book

Book source: UK Book Tours

My Rating: 8/10


Some schools have honour 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 honourable 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.

My thoughts:

This is a pretty easy review for me. I thought this was a brilliant read and I loved everything about it.

For dealing with such a hard topic, this book was a really easy read for me with the way rape was dealt with and how the protagonist felt about it. I felt all of her pain, confusion and doubts which made it a really refreshing read.

I would say the only problem I had with this book was how ‘The Mockingbirds’ punished students who did something out of line in any way or form. For rape it was kind of…unfair. I did enjoy how they encouraged people speaking out and discovering their voice as it were, but sometimes it made me a little bit uneasy.

I really do recommend this read though, it was fantastic and it’s definitely one I will read again.

Good quotes:

"And we're all good, everything is forgiven between Beethoven and me because this is the part of me that hasn't changed. In this moment I'm not defined by the other things, the things that happened to me, the things I didn't choose. This is the part of me that defines me for all time, for always. The thing I choose completely."

"Hush, little students, we'll say the word,

Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird won't sing,

Mama's gonna write down everything.

And so that book won't look the same,

Mama's gonna add a brand-new name."

About the author:

By day, Daisy Whitney is a producer, on-air correspondent, podcaster and raconteur in the new media business. At night, she writes novels for teens and THE MOCKINGBIRDS is her debut. Little, Brown will publish it in fall 2010. When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found somewhere north of San Francisco walking her adorable dog, watching online TV with her fabulous husband or playing with her fantastic kids.  A graduate of Brown University, she believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies and karma.  You can follow her writing blog and new media adventures at Daisy

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