The Mockingbirds (The Mockingbirds, Book 1)
by Daisy Whitney
Synopsis: Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
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.
My Opinion: Rather disappointing!
After reading very good reviews about this book, it ended up in my "want-to-read" list some time ago and I was expecting a lot of it... this is the reason I'm disappointed.
The synopsis sounds very good: a young girl is date-raped and she gets help from other kids like her who want to make their school a better place by bringing some justice when adults do nothing.
Unfortunately, I couldn't feel anything for the heroine. In fact, after some time, she even became quite irritating to me. To be honest, I wasn't even sure I would finish the novel which is very rare for me.
I did finish it so it wasn't that bad or it would have ended up right back in my bookcase but I had high expectations and they weren't met.
The whole novel rests on the character of Alex and I didn't manage to feel for her and what happened to her which made me unable to truly appreciate the story. As for the Mockingbirds, I thought it was an interesting idea but in my opinion it wasn't well-developed so I lost interest in them too.
I've just discovered that the author wrote a second installment but I'm afraid I won't give this one a try.
To summarize: I was expecting more but overall it was an okay read.