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The Mockingbirds (The Mockingbirds #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  4,618 ratings  ·  881 reviews
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 Moc...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Alex Bennett
Wanna know what I did for a whole day after reading The Mockingbirds? Well, I did absolutely nothing besides sit there and think about it. My body was doing stuff, but my mind was always somewhere else. My mind was in The Mockingbirds. I absolutely can’t get this book out of my head. It will always be with me wherever I go. This is not a book I think I will ever be able to forget.

Alex was such a strong character. She was the victim of a horrible crime, date-rape. But she refused to go under, ref...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Added this book a few days ago.
Bought it yesterday.
Decided it was crap. Returned it.

I had a "review" on here, but I took it down because in reality, it was an open invitation for trolls to gripe me out. No thank you.
The end.
Most of the reviews I've posted haven't been getting a lot of attention, so I doubt this one will matter, either.
Aug 31, 2011 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
It's taken me a long while to get around to reviewing this book. I was dreading it as voicing my thoughts on this book make me feel like a horrible person, especially given that the author was a victim of date rape, but...this book was deplorable.

I appreciated the conflict endured by Alex (the heroine) as she struggles with the loss of her virginity, and anguishes over whether or not she has been a victim of a crime, or merely her own poor choices. Frankly, I'm a bit torn as well. She was incred...more

This is what I thought The Mockingbirds would be: a powerful, heart-felt, intriguing and emotional read. It has a lot of components that appeal to me like mad: boarding school, mysterious society, fierce vigilante justice with a traumatised but strong and sympathetic main character.

I was SO thrilled to finally have a copy, especially after reading so many fab reviews.

Unfortunately, I found myself... kinda bored while reading this.

First off ~ the first chapter is intriguing. The prose utterly ap...more
Nov 01, 2010 Courtney added it
Shelves: 2009, ya-fiction
So I was lucky enough to get an early read on The Mockingbirds way back, and I LOVED it. I still love it. It's a real testament to the novel's strength that every word has stayed with me from my first read to its publication and I am so thrilled that it's out on shelves for the world to read, appreciate and discuss. Because oh, there is much to discuss in this one.

The Mockingbirds is about Alex, a junior at the elite Themis Academy, a prestigious boarding school which prides itself so much on it...more
Jul 20, 2014 rachel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, 2011
What happens when, being a hater of Issues Books, you're confronted with an Issues Book concerning an issue you actually feel strongly about?

Every element of plot in The Mockingbirds -- every character -- has some function in the task of showing that sex without explicit consent or ability to consent is rape; that though rape may be a difficult crime to prosecute and so humiliating to the victim going through the process, those victims who speak out are validating victims everywhere. I agree wi...more
I really hate when I wait so long to review a book after I read it. I don't even have a copy of it here to refer to, so I'm really just giving my impression of what I could remember from this book.

If I remember correctly, this was Daisy Whitney's first novel, and frankly, I felt like it showed. I found the story idea really interesting, but the execution of the plot and the writing itself was a bit so-so. The basic premise is that at an elite boarding school, a small group of students called th...more
Mar 21, 2010 Daisy added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Can't wait for you all to read it!
Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

Here's the thing about Daisy Whitney's The Mockingbirds - if you aren't invested in the characters and if you aren't a fan of the way this issue is handled, you'll likely not enjoy this book. Now, that isn't to say it's a bad book - at all. In fact, I'm more than a little thrilled that Whitney wrote a book about date rape, set in a boarding school, all with a secret society who takes matters into their own hands. From the surface, it sounds fantastic. When you dig a little dee...more
4.5 stars. Although I had a minor issue with this book, overall it coveys a serious message with an unforgettable tone.

I loved the Mockingbirds. Their system fascinated me and I wanted to know more about them just like Alex did. It intrigued me that the students took it upon themselves to organize a system to deal out justice, as opposed to pleading with the teachers or administration to aid them.

The issue of date-rape is austere and genuine - I realize that even though it is not reported often,...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Whoa Daisy Whitney, you sure do know how to get to us! This was a wonderful novel, so insightful and emotional. We meet Alex who is your typical student. She gets good grades and wants to do something with her life. She goes out with some friends one night, drinks a little too much, goes back to a guy's room, and gets date raped. She knows she drank a little but didn't think she drank enough to really hurt her. This book opens up the next day where Alex wakes up in a strange room, n...more
Pam Vlieg
I loved mostly everything about The Mockingbirds. The writing was superior. The subject matter was one that needs to be talked about and the characters were drawn very well. Even the smallest character in the book had a fantastic voice. The rape scenes were believable and scary. The black outs from the drinking caused the character to remember her rape in bits and I loved that aspect of the book.

I think this book in time will be looked to and taught in classes around the country. I do believe th...more
Shannon Messenger
I'll admit--while I was intensely curious about this book because of all the buzz, I was also more than a little apprehensive. Not just because of the subject matter, but also because so often books that deal with issues turn into 300+ page soapbox lectures about THE ISSUES and you start to feel like, wait--is this a Lifetime special of the week? So I was relieved and amazed when THE MOCKINGBIRDS was nothing like that.

Yes, it deals with the subject of date rape in an honest, heartbreaking way. A...more
*Please note the rating is 2.5 stars*

I had expected a LOT from the book. Unfortunately, the book turned out to be a mixed bag. I know a lot of people would disagree with me; there have been so many positive reviews of the book. This is just my opinion of the book. It should not deter you, if you want to give it a try.
I did not hate the book. There were good parts; but the bad parts outweighed the good.

I will start with the positive aspects.
The Mockingbirds has a very powerful concept. It tackle...more
Kim Miner Litton
Let me first say that this book had me compelled at points. I was sneaking off to read it, wanting to know what happened next. I felt for the main character and her problems. It's also a book that got me thinking, which is always a good thing. I talked about it with friends and family, I really had to work it out. Despite my low rating, I do not think I would say I don't recommend the book just because of all those factors. However, there are just too many flaws for me to be able to say this was...more
I was a little nervous about reading THE MOCKINGBIRDS. For one thing, there’s no magic. No time travel. And no spunky, sarcastic, trash-talking, slang-flinging main characters. There are no crazy action sequences. No monsters, demons, angels, or shapeshifting whatevers in sight. It’s not like any YA I’ve read recently, especially because it deals with the very difficult subject of date rape.

And yet?

I couldn’t put the frigging book down. I simply had to know how it would end. I felt so attached t...more
May 10, 2013 Ariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I think that this book dealt incredibly well with the very sensitive and powerful topic of rape. In a lot of books, I feel as though the book expects the "hero" to stand up for themselves, like the white tree of Gondor never waivering standing alone an fbrave,.. But that can be really untrue! There are definitely brave people out there, definitely people who CAN stand up for themselves.. But there are loads more people who CAN'T, who need support and that's real and valid. I liked that this book...more
This review is also found on Ink & Tea Reviews.

The Mockingbirds was intended to be a quick read while I was sitting in Starbucks one day with a craving for some high school drama. I had seen mixed reviews for the book, so I went into it not expecting a whole lot. Unfortunately, my expectations were met.

Our protagonist is Alex, a teenage girl at a boarding school that demands excellence. After a night partying and drinking, she is raped by another student – Carter. The first part of the book...more
Dec 26, 2010 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The Mockingbirds is an astounding debut novel from Daisy Whitney. I was blown away by her amazing writing and her gut-wrenching subject matter. Just plain wow.

Alex Patrick is not a slut. That's why when she wakes up naked in a strange guys bed she knows something is wrong. It turns out she's right to be worried. She can't remember anything about the night before but she knows she had sex with the strange guy. When she finally admits that she was date raped she doesn't go to the police. No, she g...more
Read this if:
you like books about boarding schools
The book "To Kill a Mockingbird" (this book is a walking tribute)
you like obvious mysteries
you like trial books
you play piano (I loved all the references, it made me want to practice all the classics again)
you are interested in piano
you like secret societies (that aren't totally secret)
you liked "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks", it was similar in some ways (I still prefer Frankie though)
you like flashbacks
you like non-gender s...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Y'all, there were a lot of things I liked about this book. However - there were a few huge glaring problems - in my opinion - that kept me from loving it.

First of all: the many good things. For one, I love the focus and awareness put on the specific form of rape that Alex suffers from. It doesn't necessarily mean being brutally attacked. Alex was not in a position to say yes - so she was raped. End of story. I think that is an important point - perhaps the important point - of the story.

Tackling the difficult subject matter of date rape, The Mockingbirds is a thoughtful and powerful read. I think the story is so compelling because it’s so easy to relate to the protagonist, Alex. This story about date rape and standing up for yourself felt very raw and honest and and like this situation could happen to anyone. I was immediately hooked on the story with the opening sentences.

The book presents the circumstances regarding the rape and the aftermath. Alex deals with a lot of guilt a...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I just don't know how i feel about this one. I do believe that Alex was date-raped but this was after a lot of uncertainty. Alex was obviously very drunk and no, she shouldn't have had sex when so inebriated, but the thing is, for more than half of the novel she can't remember the night completely and so I just couldn't tell myself that she was definitely raped. Before Alex hazily remembers anything, she is still claiming that she's been raped and I just found this a bit unfair - she was drunk a...more
My Summary: Alex - known around school as 'piano girl' - is like every other student at Themis Academy: gifted and driven. But when a night at a concert turns her life around, Alex has no choice but to seek out the Mockingbirds - a disciplinary group dedicated to righting wrongs that the administration blinds themselves to.

Now with her friends behind her, Alex is speaking out for all the girls whose voices weren't heard - and figuring out who she is in the process.

My Thoughts: Although I didn't...more
Lee Ann
I wish this book - and other teen novels that deal with issues that teens actually face - could be incorporated into high school lit curriculums. They would help so much more than the same old classics. Maybe they could add it as a "modern YA lit" course...I'm sure enrollment for that would be large if the kids had a choice.

In Mockingbirds (yes, it is a reference to To Kill A Mockingbird), you can't really call Alex a typical high school student, because that doesn't fit any of the kids at Themi...more
Jun 26, 2012 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
The teachers and administrators at Themis, an elite boarding school, are clueless. When an incident arises about bullying, cheating, stealing, or other student crimes, it's brushed under the rug. After all, the students at Themis are some of the brightest, most talented students in the country! They can't do any wrong. That's where The Mockingbirds come in. Equal parts Boo Radley and Atticus Finch, The Mockingbirds are the vigilante justice system in place for the students, by the students. They...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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What happens if one night you imbibe too much alcohol - and when you pass out someone rapes you?

This is what happens to Alex. She is attending a private school and studies music. One January morning, she awakens to find herself in a bed and a room where she has never been before. She is naked and there is a strange guy in the bed with her. She sees opened condom packages and then realizes what has happened, though she cannot remember the details. Sh...more
Justin Lim
The book "The Mockingbirds" is author Daisy Whitney's first novel, and it definitely makes itself evident throughout the novel. The book follows Alex, the protagonist, through her experience after being date raped by a guy named Carter. What follows is a shallow cliche tale of a girl shunned by society, only to turn to her two gal pals and a new love interest who is actually a member of an organization of vigilante high school kids. This secret society keeps the peace by punishing wrongdoers th...more
Steph Su
A book as impactful as Daisy Whitney’s debut novel comes along only once every few years. THE MOCKINGBIRDS is at once tender and empowering, clear-cut and sensitive. It’s the kind of book that needs to be read by everyone, yet doesn’t scrimp in the important qualities that make up good literature.

I would say read this for the mere fact that EVERYONE should be educated about the personal and societal consequences of date rape, but it’s also more than that. Yes, the book’s subject is one that ever...more
Nov 07, 2010 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to CLM by: NEIBA
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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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“I don't need to be any place else, because the music takes me to the only place I want to be right now. To the place where I am and have always been wholly me, the only church I've ever belonged to, the only place I've ever prayed.” 62 likes
“[Referring to rape] It already is bigger than everything else. It lives in front of me, behind me, next to me, inside me every single day. My schedule is dictated by it, my habits by it, my music by it.” 45 likes
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