The Mockingbirds was one of my most anticipated reads of 2010 and thanks to James of Book Chic I was able to read it early- thank you James! The Mockingbirds lived up to all my expectations. It's amazing.
Here's the summary from Goodreads
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 first chapter of the novel completely hooked me and I couldn't out the book down. I stayed up to 1am to finish and it was completely worth it.
Daisy's writing is amazing. I lived Alex's whirlpool of emotions. I cried for her, raged for her and wanted to reach into the book and hug her. I also loved her, admired her and was so proud of her.
Although I haven't cried this much at a book since The Book Thief, this not a depressing book - honestly. Some parts are difficult to read, some parts are heart breaking, but It's empowering and uplifting too.
The Mockingbirds is about rape but it is also about justice, reclaiming what has been taken from you and moving forward. These are the things that stay with you.
I also loved the student group Alex turned to The Mockingbirds. This is such an interesting idea and Daisy explored the ideas of weights and balances and justice really well. I'm interested to see what happens in The Mockingbirds 2.
And finally I loved this book so much I'm giving away a copy. The Mockingbirds is out 3rd November but my indie already has it in - yay! So I'll ship it straight away.