Author: Daisy Whitney
Series: The Mockingbirds, Book 1
Release date: January 2nd, 2012 (Paperback)
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Alex Patrick is a piano savant on track to attend the incredibly prestigious Julliard. First she has to get through Themis Academy though, which she has always done easily and rather quietly until now...
Themis Academy's students are honorable and trusted by administration who believes that they live by a code which is way above any line you could imagine, the Themis way. Unfortunately that is NOT the case as I'm sure you could have guessed. That's where the Mockingbirds come in. "The Mockingbirds are the law." When there are wrongs to be righted the Mockingbirds enforce the student's code of conduct at the academy.
After Alex wakes up the morning after an evening of bad decisions and choices including getting drunk, she quickly realizes that horrifyingly she is naked, in bed with Carter who she not only barely knows, but who's also naked. And the biggest problem? Alex doesn't remember ANYTHING from the night before! So when Carter starts bragging to the whole water polo team about their wild evening together, Alex realizes that she needs help. Will the Mockingbirds be able to help Alex deal out justice when it comes to date-rape? Or will this "he said" "she said" nightmare end badly for Alex?
My thoughts: I can't believe I waited this long to read this one! When it was first out, I remember reading a bunch greatness about it, adding it to my TBR list and then just never getting to it. What a stupid mistake! This was SO good! It was raw, and real, and uncomfortably terribly ugly! I felt violated just reading her morning after and each memory she begins to get when something randomly sparks a memory from that horrific night when a stupid drinking game turned her body into a prison that not only kept her from saving herself, but is also holding her memories captive.
It was very obvious that Daisy Whitney had gone through this herself as I was reading Alex's scared thoughts and downward spiral into herself. No one but someone who has had this nightmare happen to them can completely understand what it's like to not be able to remember. To not know what you did. And worst of all, to not know what someone else did to you. If you remember kissing a boy like Alex remembers doing, does that mean what he did was ok? Was she "asking for it"? Absolutely not! Just because Alex didn't say no, doesn't mean she said yes! If you cannot give consent, it's rape clear and simple.
Following Alex on her brave and confusing journey of being the first student to ask the Mockingbirds for help after a rape is a very tough journey to read, but also such an important story of struggle that needs to be heard. The Mockingbirds are such an amazing group with rules and procedures that are fabulously full of justice and balance. Plus, it's all wrapped around my all time favorite classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The ultimate story of injustice.
Final thoughts: This is a really tough one to read, but it's such an important story to be told and heard. We cannot just sweep everything under the carpet that's unpleasant or ugly in life. We have to deal with it and open our eyes and help others deal with them. So brace yourself, and open your eyes to this one.
*PLUS, it's only $2.99 as a NOOK Book or Kindle Book right now!
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