Monday, 25 October 2010

Book Review: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney








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.

To Enter leave a comment on this post.


The Contest is open Internationally.

I'll pick the winner Friday Morning.

19 comments:

  1. Great review; I've been wanting to read this one. :)


    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  2. deffs on my wishlist too!! i dont remember which author highly highly recommended it but after that, i've wanted to read it! great review :)

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  3. This sounds amazingly powerful--I can't wait to read it! I'm in the mood for an affecting emotional novel, and this one looks perfect. Thanks so much for the review!

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  4. i love how your reviews always include your personal response. I love a good tear-jerker and have been hanging out to read this book too! Thanks for making it international :)

    x

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  5. Great review. Definitely bee wanting to read this one for a while, it sounds really powerful. And thanks for the contest :)

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  6. You know you want to pick me, Alexa...

    This books sounds really wonderful. Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK really touched my heart, and it sounds like THE MOCKINGBIRDS will, too.

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  7. I have just found your lovely blog through my friends at Goodreads.

    Great review and great giveaway. I cant wait to read Mockingjay :)

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  8. I'm usually don't read Contemporary that often but Mockingbirds sounds so good. Also, I have read nothing but positive reviews. Thanks for giving a copy away!

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  9. Oh, I MUST get my hands on a copy of this book! Must, must! I really hope that I win...

    But if I don't, what is this indie bookstore you speak of that carries the book already? Politics and Prose? I need to get my butt there if so!

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  10. This sounds amazing--that summary from Goodreads would have been enough to have me hooked, but with your review added in, sold! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  11. Great post! Would love to read the book.
    Please enter me.

    lucybeugelingramos@gmail.com

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  12. That sounds like an awesome book! Definitely adding to my list.

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  14. I heard about this book a few months ago and now I have to read it! It sounds amazing. I'm glad you thought it lived up to the hype.

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  15. I loved this review - this sounds like an amazing book. I can't wait to read it! (Please, luck, be on my side this time, okay?)

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  16. I love it when I can connect with a character on so deep a level. This book sounds amazing and I really want to read it! :D

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. Your review is incredible. Made me want to read this book so badly -- it seems so, so amazing (and I cried bucketloads during the Book Thief. That was such a heart-wrenching read, so if this is up there it's bound to be good).

    So looking forward to this :)

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  18. Would love to read this, sounds like a great read - thoughtful and gripping. I've had my eye on this for a while now and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

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I adore comments, so thanks so much for taking the time. I'll try and return the favour :D