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Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.


From the glossy pages of its admissions brochure, the prestigious Themis Academy appears perfect in every way: exceptional academics, extraordinary students, the kind of extracurriculars to make an Ivy League proud, and zero instances of student misbehavior. But this boarding school is
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Hardcover, 339 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Alex Bennett
Dec 04, 2013 Alex Bennett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
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
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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.
Heather
Aug 31, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2011
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
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Nomes

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
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
TW: This book is about rape––just wanted to give you a heads up in case that's a triggering subject.

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The Mockingbirds is the story of Alex, a girl at a prestigious boarding school who gets date-raped. She then turns to a student-run social justice group called The Mockingbirds to help her face her rapist and put him to "trial."

I appreciate that the author tackled such an important, personal issue. There are a lot of really important messages in this book, including:

• Consent is mandat
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Courtney
Nov 01, 2010 Courtney added it
Shelves: ya-fiction, 2009
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
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rachel
Jul 20, 2014 rachel rated it it was ok
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
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Jami
May 22, 2011 Jami rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Keertana
Jun 19, 2013 Keertana rated it it was ok
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
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Daisy
Mar 21, 2010 Daisy added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Can't wait for you all to read it!
julieta
“I don’t know what happened, Alex,” Casey continues. “Only you do and he does. And you’ll know for sure whenyou remember more. But I’m just saying something doesn’t sound right. It sounds as if he had sex with you while you were sleeping. Alex, it sounds like he raped you.


This is such a good an powerful book.

It's about standing up for yourself and getting justice-- in its own way-- but a justice that gives you peace of mind.

But was it really my choice? Was it ever my choice last night? Did I
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Thomas
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,
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Carolina
Aug 19, 2010 Carolina rated it it was amazing
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
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Princess Bookie
Jul 28, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
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
Sep 29, 2010 Pam Vlieg rated it liked it
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
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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
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Misha
Feb 20, 2011 Misha rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
*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
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Kim Miner Litton
Mar 07, 2012 Kim Miner Litton rated it it was ok
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
Ariel
May 10, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it
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
Lorena Mozo Vega (Pink Hummingbird)
Nunca hay que juzgar un libro por su portada, aunque sea bonita, como es este caso. The Mockingbirds no es la típica novela de internado con amores y misterios, aunque aparecen los típicos estereotipos de instituto americano, pero con una historia más real y profunda y una acción que no deja que te aburras en ningún momento. La autora crea unos personajes con los que empatizas desde el principio, especialmente con Martin, uno de los miembros de The Mockingbirds. Pero lo que hace especial esta no ...more
Lyn *GLITTER VIKING*
I was going to go with 2.5, but I am rounding up due to the realistic struggles in the novel.

My biggest issue was that a lot of the plot depended on some unrealistic events, such as the delusional adults (an entire school filled with IDIOT TEACHERS??), bullying of the accused previous of the trail and charges (the pool scene? Really, REALLY? I found it more immature than anything) and how wrong it is to lie to the staff to get even with the accused.

However, Alex's feelings and conflicting though
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Chiara (delicate eternity)
The Mockingbirds was an incredibly interesting novel. A student collective that runs trials against student crimes? Sounds pretty fabulous.

I felt at times it was hard to get a grasp on who our main character, Alex, really was. I know that she enjoyed playing piano, and that she got date raped (which is the main premise of this novel), but other than that I did not really know anything else.

My favourite character was Martin for numerous reasons. And I think he was just so lovely about Alex, and h
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Amy
May 12, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B-


After Alex is date raped at the prestigious Themis boarding school, she seeks help from The Mockingbirds, a student run, a secret underground justice group. With the help of her friends, The Mockingbirds, her sister and a potential love interest, Alex struggles to reclaim her sense of self and safety.

THE MOCKINGBIRDS isn't your typical date rape novel. Alex tells her roommate immediately after the incident, who immediately calls it rape, avoiding the secrecy of many stories where the vi
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

Diversity rating: 1 (1 lesbian, 2 WOC and one of them is only a background character)

Honestly, I’ve heard very little that’s good about her books, but I was in the mood for something hard-hitting that handles the issue of sexual assault (I’m especially fired up about it lately) and picked up a paperback copy from my used bookstore. BEST AND WORST CHOICE OF THE AGES THERE.

Alex’s story and how she beats herself up because another student date-raped her is pa
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Ula Pranevicius
Nov 21, 2014 Ula Pranevicius rated it really liked it
The Mockingbirds is actually a very good book, and for those wondering it has nothing to do with the Hunger Games. This book is very realistic and touches a topic that is needed to be brought up. The main character lives in a boarding school high school, one day she gets drunk (even though normally she tries not to). When she is drunk a series of misfortunate events take place that include her. As she starts remembering what happens she becomes more and more frightened. Her school believes noth ...more
Aisha
May 07, 2014 Aisha rated it it was amazing
Wow. I think every girl should read this book.

I went to the library to pick up a book I needed for a buddy read.
While I was there, I asked the librarian for her YA recommendations. She said that I had to read Mockinbirds. She told me it was about date rape. At first, I thought "well doesn't that sound depressing".
But I read it and it has been one of the best books I've read this year.

Alex is a student at Themis Academy, a prestigious prep school.
One night, after a concert she gets a little too
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Katie
Dec 26, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
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Kristy
Feb 06, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it
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
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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.

Second,
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Lucy
Dec 26, 2010 Lucy rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship
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
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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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“[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.” 58 likes
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