Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Review: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

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Justice doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t erase what happened. It doesn’t make you who you were before. I’m becoming someone else – someone else I’m figuring out how to be.
- Daisy Whitney

If my memory serves me correctly, The Mockingbirds was the very first book I read in 2011, and since I liked it so much, it is only fitting that it is the first review I feature here.

At Themis Academy where the story is set, the ‘powers that be’ are of the opinion that the students ‘know better’ and would never be involved in anything remotely wrong, let alone against the law. But that is obviously not the case, or we wouldn’t have a story.

The main character, Alex after being date raped while drunk, seeks the help of The Mockingbirds, an underground justice system for students, made up of students. I felt for Alex, a girl who thought she’d go through all four years of high school without making a wave, and then found herself the victim of a horrendous crime. While she is the central character of this story, the author should be commended for creating some of the best supporting characters I’ve seen in a while. Each one of them had something significant to add without taking over the story, and I liked many of them just as much as Alex.

This story may be a work of fiction, but date rape isn’t, and there are far too many girls who ‘get over’ their experiences alone and in silence. While The Mockingbirds aren’t a reality (though I wish they were), Daisy Whitney, through Alex speaks about the importance of standing up for yourself and for what’s right. 

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