Rating: 0 out of 3

Let’s begin by stating that I know I am about the last person in the world to have read this book and I am certainly the last to post the review. That being said here goes: (If you haven’t heard about this book look below for the summary)

Where do I begin with this review.  On this blog I am trying to concentrate only the books that I would at some capacity recommend to other readers. For the new year I didn’t want to “waste” my time with books I didn’t like. This book is an exception. I had such a strong reaction, that I have to write about it. In order to keep my thoughts organized I am going to write my points in bullet form.

  • A girl gets date raped on a high school campus and her friends ask her, what, twice if she wants to go to the police? Oh, you don’t want to go? Okay, I won’t mention it again. If you want, instead of the police, you can have other high school students do a “trial”. Oh okay! That sounds like a great idea. Yes, rape is serious, other high school students “trying the case” is perfect! I wanted to smack the friends for not pushing the police more. If Alex kept saying no, they should have at least kept trying.
  • So Alex decides having other high school students listen to the case is the perfect solution. So I have moved past that part. And now I have to read how The Mockingbirds make the whole situation into a game. Secret letters, gum wrappers on trees, laundry room meetings. Are you serious?  A girl was RAPED and they are doing the same things they do when they are trying a cheating case. It’s treated as a play!  It’s all a joke!
  • Before The Mockingbirds are convinced to take her case, they pass around a vote on whether a girl who doesn’t say yes, is still saying no.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They are leaving it up to the student body to determine if it’s a winnable case. In this day in age, do we really need to argue this case? What if the voting had come back against the incident being labeled as rape? “Oh, too bad Alex” We don’t think we would win, so you are on your own.”
  • So The Mockingbirds have their fun (they start taking points and cake away from Carter (the accused). They take several months into actually bringing the case to “court” MONTHS!!!!  This isn’t a cheating case!  They aren’t investigating anything! What exactly is the hold up? What exactly are they doing that they can’t listen to the case right away?
  • Where are her parents?!?! Okay, so Alex doesn’t want her parents to know. Not that uncommon. But she is away at school – she sleeps at this high school – and not once do we hear about the parents call her once. If I was away at high school, I know my parents would be calling me to the point of me needing a stalking complaint against them. And yet, not once do Alex’s parents call.
  • As this mock, senseless trial comes around the corner, Alex begins to doubt that she did enough to prevent the rape. She has connected with her music teacher and decides to visit her to talk about what she is feeling. Remember, this teacher is an adult! Finally someone that is going to have some sound advice. Nothing!  NOTHING! I think the most emotion we got from this teacher was a pat of the hand. No crying, no I’m sorry, no “do you want me to go to the police?” Nothing! I don’t think she even drove Alex back to the dorms. It’s disgusting.
  • ***SPOILER ALERT*** So the “trial” takes place. Carter is found guilty. Oh what does that mean you ask? So glad you asked. That means he doesn’t get his points back which allow him to go off campus on Fridays, he never got his birthday cake, and he is off the polo team. Yup. That’s it. He is still going to that school. Alex is still going to that school. No one (outside the kids that really know about The Mockingbirds) know what was going on. No adult – minus that horrible excuse of human music teacher – knows. But hey! He was tried by high school students. That should be enough right?

These are only the HUGE things that bothered me about this book. There are plenty of smaller things that irritate me about the book. I have heard of many readers that loved this book. They felt this book opened the door for young adults to talk about a scary circumstance they may find themselves in. But to make it sounds that having other teens try the case is good enough is horrific. This was the perfect opportunity to show how the law can help. And if victims choose not to go to the law, at least show how family can be there for you. The entire book disgusted me. I’m sure many would disagree with me. I am ok with that.

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Summary of book:

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.

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