The realistic character struggles were wonderful to read, like how Alex is still trying to geBit 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 just suck. In this world, it so happens that a lot of sucky people run an entire preparatory school, which is unfortunate. The more and more I stew on how Themis is run the angrier I get, especially because of my own personal experience of going to a school similar to this -- and having it destroy me because the people "in charge" turned a blind eye and excused it as something else. Alex is absolutely right in that Themis doesn't give two shits about its student, just seeing them all as impending trophies on the school walls. I love how Whitney really has Alex go through that struggle of having to take care of things the school won't do crap about and realizing that even though the students have this whole "justice" system, they really shouldn't have to do any of it. The school should be taking care of its students, not looking at them with money in their eyes, treating them like flocks of sheep ready for consumption. I love how Whitney used the case Alex & the Mockingbrids handle in the book as a vehicle to really highlight the true issue of the book: Themis academy itself.
(view spoiler)[The ending when Alex talks to the Principal is super satisfying because it's like now the Mockingbirds have punished the school by taking away the thing it wanted most, and it's entirely the school's fault because they didn't act like a decent human being. The Mockingbirds didn't really have to do anything; the school punished itself. (hide spoiler)]
I give it three stars because it really was just okay. I just have really strong feels and deeply empathize with the larger message it holds. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more