Monday, September 20, 2010

ARC Tour & Review: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney


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.

The Elliott Review:

What struck me first about this book and then again many times throughout was the interesting, strong voice of the main character, Alex. I'm a sucker for good characterization. From the start, even as Alex begins to realize the immensity of what has happened to her, she is not wilting in a sea of helplessness and woe. She meets what she faces with a measure of courage and even ration that are both admirable. I love her quirky sense of imagination and creativity that are somewhat understated but still strongly present.

Martin is an awesome character, as well. He's just a regular (nerdy!) guy who likes a girl and wants to be there for her. He really endears himself to my heart due to his spectacular nerdiness, and my opinion of Alex is, of course, exalted since she likes him back. I think their relationship is a strength of the book because it is very natural and healthy and normal - something that is not always found in young adult literature.

The plot also really engaged me. Everything was naturally and logically paced. Even though the subject of date rape is so emotionally charged, at no point do things become melodramatic and weepy. Alex has a strong support group filled with people who understand her and who will stand up for her, and she actually lets them help her, despite being reluctant to share her uncomfortable and painful memories. I loved finding out about the existence and structure of The Mockingbirds right along with Alex. The connection to To Kill a Mockingbird is so cool!

The book carries the wonderful message of self-empowerment and speaking out against the wrongs that have been done to self or others, yet it is organically done through the plot and characters and at no point becomes preachy.  

ARC Tour from: Good Golly Miss Holly

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