Tuesday, February 21, 2012

book review: the mockingbirds by daisy whitney

Book Review: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Little, Brown Books

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 Patrick is date-raped during her junior year, she has two options: Stay silent and hope someone helps, or enlist the aid of the Mockingbirds-a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of the student body.

I'll be honest. The only reason I picked up The Mockingbirds is because the cover is just amazing. I mean, look at how that red just pops! It nearly begs a reader to pluck it off the shelf and read it. That's exactly what I did! You should too!

But, as you can read from the overview above, it's an intriguing concept, no? Furthermore, for those who haven't read it, the Mockingbirds is an underground justice organization at a boarding school. Of course, the plot lives up to this fantastic concept and just gives a smash of a book. I can't say anything bad about it in aspect of plot, characters, or storylines. It was all "legit," if you're the kind of person to use that word.

Whitney's writing style wasn't phenomenal, but it does serve the purpose of the book and gives a realistic voice to Whitney's character, Alex. And really, isn't that what we want in a book written in first person? The writing style was natural. I could hear Alex through the book's prose; that was important to me. Additionally, this was a nice change because some authors, regardless of whether their character calls for it or not, write everyone as these insanely intellectual and witty individuals. Newsflash! 99.8% of the population is neither witty or intellectual (I just made that stat up. Don't quote me on it... but I think you understand my point). Although that kind of narrative is essential in some cases, it isn't for many characters. I'm glad to see that The Mockingbirds didn't overstep its boundaries and stuck with having a well-developed protagonist.

One last point. The whole idea of the Mockingbirds is that they act as the Boo Radley and Atticus Finch (You better get this reference, or go and check out To Kill A Mockingbird right now.) of Themis. I love it when books reference "canon" works, don't you?!

Overall, I enjoyed this book tremendously. A review for the second book (The Rivals) is coming soon! :)

The verdict (which is again appropriate in the "case" of The Mockingbirds)...

Daisy Whitney's The Mockingbirds deals with tough subjects with natural elegance. It shouldn't be missed.

'Til next time!

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