The Mockingbirds | Daisy Whitney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
Brent’s opinion of the novel:
Daisy Whitney’s debut novel, THE MOCKINGBIRDS, caught me off guard. On Christmas Day, before heading out to my grandmother’s house for our family shit, I picked it up to read it in the car. To read the first chapter, or so. But the writing and subject matter tugged me deeper and deeper into the story, and I couldn’t stop reading. I read it that whole day, sneaking in chapters between ripping open presents. It was that good.
Alex is a good girl, a good student. Which is why she ended up at Themis Academy, a prestigious boarding school. At Themis, nothing bad happens. All students act the honorable way, all the time. Or so the staff thinks.
One night, Alex gets date-raped. She wakes up confused, worried, and most of all, disgusted in herself. She doesn’t know what to do… Stay silent, or speak loud? When her friends convince her to go to The Mockingbirds, a secret student organization dedicated to bringing justice to the student body, she wonders what she could have done differently the night she was raped…
Like I said, this book caught me off guard. I was so not expecting to get slapped in the face with so much emotion and storyline. The scenes that show the after-math of the date-rape what really grabbed me. Alex’s self-hatred and guilt were compelling, and they were such a big part of the book. I liked that THE MOCKINGBIRDS was Alex’s story, you know, it was about her and how she came along to realizing that it wasn’t her fault she got date-raped, and the guilt slowly fades away. That was perfectly paced in the novel.
Daisy Whitney’s writing is very beautiful, but it wasn’t stunning or anything. What really made me love it, and I think others too, was the storyline. The storyline was great, and Alex’s feelings and actions are what really made me love THE MOCKINGBIRDS. You should definitely read it.
Check out the hella tight trailer Little, Brown made. IT really captures the mood of the book.