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The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
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Mar 29, 2012

it was amazing

The story is set at Themis Academy, and is about Alex, a gifted music major. The morning after she attends a concert with her friends, she wakes next to Carter, with no memory of how she got there or of what happened. It soon becomes evident that Carter had sex with her. Guilt-stricken that she had sex with a virtual stranger and can't remember it, Alex confides in her roommates. Alex's roommates convince her to take her case to the Mockingbirds.

At Themis Academy, the students are held to high standards. However, the students don't feel like there is any real justice system. That's why, years earlier, Alex's own sister created a secret group called The Mockingbirds. The group listens to evidence and declare the defendant guilty or innocent after the trial.

Alex's memories slowly begin to return, usually at the worst possible times. To make things worse, she must deal with the whispers of her fellow students as Carter spreads his lies about her. Due to the rumors, Alex ends up eating her meals in her room and taking different routes to her classes. She must also work through her own doubts about who she is and how this could have happened. As she and the Mockingbirds move forward to the trial of Carter for date rape, Alex begins to understand that not saying no doesn't mean yes.

Thankfully Alex has good friends, especially her new friend Martin, who stand by her and make sure she always has an escort to classes and sometimes bring her food in her dorm room. Alex and Martin develop a sweet romance as Alex slowly tries to get back to normal in the aftermath of the rape and the progression of the trial.

This is a powerful and moving book about a very sensitive topic – date rape. Drawing on personal experience, Ms. Whitney has written a haunting and emotional fictional account of a girl’s reaction to being date raped and the punishment that was meted out via a very unique student justice system. This book will stay with you long after you close the back cover. This is something you’ll want to read with your teenage children – girls and boys.

The Mockingbirds series: The Mockingbirds (1), The Rivals (2)

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