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The Rivals (The Mockingbirds #2)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  789 ratings  ·  183 reviews
When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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I MAY have gotten a copy of this to pass on to a charity, and I MAY have peeked inside just to see if it's as awesome as THE MOCKINGBIRDS. I MAY have finished the whole thing in about an hour and a half despite having lots of other things to do and despite the fact that it doesn't belong to me.

Officially, I did not read this book. But if I had, I would be telling you how AWESOME it is. YOU NEED TO READ IT.

I need to read it too. Because I didn't. Really. I swear.
And in trying again, I know who I am and I know who I’m not.
Because even though they took away the thing I love, I will not give in. I am more than just the thing I love. I am a friend. I am a girlfriend. I am a keeper of secrets. I am the girl with the blue streak. I am the one who confronted Ms. Merritt. I am someone who asks for help. I am the person who didn’t cheat on her boyfriend. I am a one-handed pianist. I am the audience. I am a fire-eater.
I am a survivor.
I am a Mockingbird, and I w
Daisy Whitney did something magical with The Rivals - she managed to craft a sequel I loved even more than The Mockingbirds, which was one of my favorite books of 2010. Riveting and intense, The Rivals is everything I was looking for in a sequel.

It had been awhile since I read The Mockingbirds, but within the first three pages of the book Daisy Whitney made me fall back in love with the world she has created with The Rivals. It was at this point, I was completely hooked and the only point in whi
As usual, I'll say more closer to the release! I got to read an early incarnation of The Rivals a while back and it was exciting. What it has become since that early read is even more exciting. It takes a bold, daring writer to establish all the ground rules in Book One (which was The Mockingbirds, which I also loved) and then proceed to DECONSTRUCT EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF THEM in the second book. Daisy Whitney is a bold, daring writing. This book is an unraveling of everything you thought you ...more
Alex is one of those characters it's impossible to dislike. She has a good heart, a good head, and she's trying to do the right thing. It's obvious from that start that she doesn't know how to handle her new role as the head of The Mockingbirds, and people take advantage of that left and right.

What I liked the most about her, however, was the fact that everything that happened in The Mockingbirds wasn't erased. It still mattered. Alex was still recovering, rebuilding, and working towards breakin
After reading The Mockingbirds, I was excited to pick up The Rivals. While The Mockingbirds could have ended where it did, I loved the characters and story, and I was a very happy reader with book two sitting next to me, especially with how different it proved to be from book one. (While I enjoyed book one, it would be boring to read the same formula in a different setting with a new case.) The Mockingbirds dealt with date rape. In book two, some students are using prescription drugs to cheat; p ...more
It has been a while since I read The Mockingbirds, but I got quickly up to speed in The Rivals. The students seem a little older in this series, so much so that I thought they were in college. Though they seem grown up, they make some bad decisions, which is where the Mockingbirds come in. The latest case is a tricky one for the vigilante group due to the relationship of the accused to members of the Mockingbirds, and that this time the victim is the entire student body. The Mockingbirds go on a ...more
First I'd like to clarify that I'm very much a bell curve grader for books. For me 3 stars is an okay book that I enjoyed, but didn't really like or love. I rarely give a book 5 stars so a 3 star book is pretty good and not necessarily a critical review.

Having said that, I enjoyed The Rivals, but not nearly as much as I liked the first book in this series, The Mockingbirds.

Overall, however, I do enjoy Ms. Whitney's writing style and I think she creates very real, believable teenage characters, w
Em (Love YA Lit)
Alicia's Review: The Rivals picks up right where The Mockingbirds left off: the elite Themis Academy on the brink of another school year. Alex is a senior and has been appointed leader of The Mockingbirds – a position she is not sure she’s ready for. Days before the semester begins, Alex is tipped off to a case unlike any other – one that threatens to affect her future, her relationships and the entire student body.

What I love about both these books is Whitney’s accurate yet empathic reflection
THESE BOOKS. MY BRAIN. I just have opinions on ALL the opinions. What a crazy complex, difficult, important look at ethics, and so different one book to the next. People: read these. Think things. Expand your brain box.

Anyway, with MOCKINGBIRDS I opined that I couldn't buy into (read: couldn't stomach buying into) the idea that any set of intelligent adults in charge of the daily welfare of teens would so WILLFULLY ignore such horrid behavior all for plaques and accolades. Well. WELL. Feel free,
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Scrivere una recensione su libri a sfondo sovrannaturale mi riesce più facile, lo ammetto, perché tendo a mettere un po' di distanza tra me e il libro. Quando invece mi trovo davanti libri come The Rivals è impossibile non fermarsi a riflettere su tematiche un po' più profonde, anche se lontane dal nostro ambito culturale.

Di Daisy Whitney avevo già letto The Mockingbirds, il cui tema principale era lo stupr
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
3.75 stars

Hey ho, whaddaya know? It’s Michelle and Andi here! In a small freakish moment in nature she and I happened to unexpected read the same book at the same time. Fortunately for you that means you get to hear us gab about it. We have thoughts people, very serious thoughts. Check out what they

What did you think about the story overall? I have to say I liked The Mockingbirds better. I felt like this book (while good) wasn’t a necessary extension of the first. Having said that I qui

The book picks up right where Mockingbirds leaves off. There is enough back story to jump into this book without reading the first one but I liked the first one because of the originality. This one lacked a clear conflict. There would be a beginning of a conflict and then it would fizzle. Eventually, I saw the pattern of the real conflict which was two-fold 1)Students are using ADHD medicine to improve academic performance and 2) Alex, the new leader, is imperfect, not knowing what she
Grade: B-

Last year after Alex was raped, the not so secret group The Mockingbirds got her a form of student justice. This year Alex is the head of the group. Her first case is about alleged use of an ADHD drug to give students an edge and to help the debate team win a coveted trophy. This case threatens friendships, her relationship, and maybe even Alex herself as she is forced to make ethical choices and challenged about the difference between right and wrong within the thousand shades of grey
Bit of a letdown from the first novel, The Mockingbirds.

The realistic character struggles were wonderful to read, like how Alex is still trying to get through what happened to her last year, Martin's struggle between being a trusting boyfriend and whether he should be concerned for their relationship, and the entire Mockingbird's struggle between justice and vigilantism.

I can't say I'm entirely clear on some character motivations but I suppose that just comes down to the fact that some people
I read The Mockingbirds with book club a couple of years ago and liked it, so when Anarda sent The Rivals home in my book bag, I decided to follow through. I liked it--especially the convolutedness of where the cheating/drugging scandal goes--but I thought there were some parts that were unlikely, and some parts where people's reactions did NOT match up with what I thought they would/should be, so disbelief wasn't completely suspended for me. Still, it was well told, and for those who liked the ...more
2.5/5 Stars. True neutral.

Honestly, this book didn't blow me away. I really liked the first book, because it had all these powerful messages about taking control of shitty situations, overcoming horrible events, being a powerful woman and standing up when it's the scariest thing in the world to do, and was really insightful about rape and rape culture. This book lacked any of the depth or insight of the first book. I found myself getting bored and reading just to finish it. There were moments wh
Coming on the heels of the intense message against date-rape that was Daisy Whitney’s debut, The Rivals had a lot to live up to. I was, to be honest, skeptical about this book. Some books work best as a standalone, and The Mockingbirds is one of them.

In The Mockingbirds, most of the novel’s content is focused on Alex Patrick’s rape and how she struggles to move on. Whitney wrote mostly about independence, empowerment, standing up for yourself. However, in The Rivals, Alex has (more or less) come
I don’t get it. I adored The Mockingbirds. It put Whitney on the map for me and was one of my very favorite contemporary YA novels. And yet I found this wildly underwhelming.

It was too repetitive (lots of Alex repeating thoughts about how she was afraid of what people were saying about her, about how she was still living with the ramifications of her rape, of how she was afraid she had lost who she was, etc.). And it was told in a dreamy, langrous tone that sapped any urgency from the book. I d
It's been a while since I read The Mockingbirds, but I still remember absolutely loving it. To be honest, I wasn't sure that kind of story needed a sequel - I didn't know if Daisy Whitney could come up with another plot concerning the Mockingbirds as strong as the one in the first novel. And while I do think that The Rivals is lacking a bit of the driving force that Alex's struggle for justice after her rape provided for The Mockingbirds, I did really enjoy this sequel!

The whole cheating/drug ri
After reading The Mockingbirds, I was lucky enough to have The Rivals laying around the house (THANKS Little, Brown!) and I went directly to it and picked it up. The Mockingbirds is a phenomenal book and I was so excited to see where Daisy Whitney was going to go next.

*May have some spoilers for The Mockingbirds*

Now that Alex is the head of the Mockingbirds, the focus has changed from her survival from her rape, to her helping others become survivors. The problem is, Alex is not completely heal
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
My sister really liked The Mockingbirds and has urged me to read it for a while. I still haven't picked it up but when we were sent a review copy of its sequel The Rivals, I decided to read it instead. It turned out to be such a great read that I'm making it a goal for myself to read The Mockingbirds this summer as soon as I get the chance.

I loved this book. It was unputdownable (I'd begrudgingly put it down only when necessary--for food and sleep) and when I finally finished reading it, I was b
In the Rivals, we revisit Themis Academy. Alex is now in charge of The Mockingbirds and this novel chronicles her struggles with leading the group, following her own moral compass and surviving the aftermath of her date rape. I was so pleased Whitney did not gloss over that part of Alex’s journey, as it would have been all too easy to just put that behind Alex and move on to the new mystery. Speaking of which, the new Mockingbird case involves a drug ring at Themis and the case raises challengin ...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
4.5 stars

The Rivals is vastly different from The Mockingbirds, both in plot and tone, but it works. Alex isn’t retelling or reliving her story; she’s coming into her own and learning what it takes to head up a secret judicial system within a very well-to-do private school. And it’s a lot more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

The thing I really loved about The Rivals, that Daisy Whitney did a phenomenal job conveying, was that these characters – Alex in particular – are so three dime
Source: Library

The Mockingbirds was one of my favorite reads so I was interested in reading the next installment. One of the issues I had (actually my only issue) was that the students undertook their own vigilante justice because they don't think the administration will do anything. I was horrified that the faculty and staff were not notified and neither were the police nor her parents when Alex was date raped (seriously, she never talks about/to her parents...I can't imagine not talking to my
In Daisy Whitney's first book, The Mockingbirds, we met Alex, a student at the ultra-competitive boarding school, Themis Academy. She was date-raped at a party, which was ignored by the administration. Alex found herself in the underground court of the Mockingbirds, a student-run vigilante justice group. Her case was successful, which, according to Mockingbird rules, makes her an automatic board member of the Mockingbirds. Alex is honored and intimidated. She gets a case the very first week of s ...more
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Kristen Unger
In the interest of full disclosure, I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of The Rivals from the wonderful author.

I love these books for so many reasons, but I especially love that they take place in a world that feels very real, and that even the exaggeratedly blind eye the faculty cast upon their teenage turmoil feels believable given the way that a part of being a teenager is thinking (justifably or not) that adults just don't understand or appreciate just what teenagers are going through
3.5 out of 5 rating

Just like the first book (The Mockingbirds), The Rivals deals with an important topic not only at boarding schools, but at all schools in general--a cheating ring. While I really enjoyed this book, it didn't quite have the power that the first book did.

While I'm still not sure that a system like this would work in a real school (and we kind of see that in the book) I'm the type of person that definitely sees right from wrong. I think I would be on a board like this, if I atte
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Also check out my review of Daisy Whitney's debut novel THE MOCKINGBIRDS.

Daisy also participated in an interview during Psychtember!

This is a book I was about to review when my computer crashed, so it never quite happened...and then I got too busy! So I'm sorry about that. I wanted to be singing the praises of THE RIVALS to the moon and making sure everyone reading this was so inspired by my review that they rushed out and bought the book right away. (I'm pretty sure there's still time to do th
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By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013.When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found s ...more
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