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The Rivals

(The Mockingbirds #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  937 ratings  ·  195 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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May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 th
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here: (SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH)

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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Hunter Forbes
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is the justice system ever enough? The Mockingbirds tend to disagree. As students go to the dean they get turned away leading them to an underground practice. This technique helps those who need it and prosecutes those who do wrong. It all starts when Delaney Zirinski comes to the leader of the Mockingbirds, Alex Patrick, with a secret to tell.

I would solely recommend this book to anyone looking for a mystery and maybe some high school drama. 'The Rivals' both relates to life at a high school a
Teresa in ohio
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This is another book, where i have picked up and put down a few times. This year I am finally going to read the put downable books and decide to stay or leave the series. There is no third book which cause me to pass this book so many times. This books begins right after Alex's "trial" with the Mockingbirds, her case happened during a time where date rape was shoved far under the carpet and the door was sealed shut. This time it is all about who is abusing ADD drugs and why it is going on. At ti ...more
Cheska the Great is Not Okay
I actually liked this slightly more than The Mockingbirds. While the first book focused more on Alex's trauma as a sexual assault survivor and how the Mockingbirds operates from the point of view of the plaintiff, The Rivals fleshes out Themis Academy and its student body politics, as well as involve new characters, which I really liked. It also shines a light on The Mockingbirds' imperfections, and the changes it goes through now that Alex was made the leader.

Also: I don't really know who the g
Sarah Marchant
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Alex thinks she has everything figured out with the Mockingbirds and that she is going to have a rocking senior year. But, oh boy, her first case and the new member on the Board will shake her to the core. I don't know that there is another book coming out, but the ending sure leaves room for that. Alex makes lots of mistakes, but finally understands she has to own up to it. This high school is unreal in the way the administration is blind to what is happening among the students and only cares a ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved how the story continued in this book. I love how Alex grows as a character. My main critiques were that a love triangle was attempted that I don't feel was executed well and that two of the "villains" in this story didn't have a very good motive to do what they did. I did like how the drug abuse was handled in this story. I feel parts of it were very realistic. All in all I'd recommend this book (just read the first one beforehand :P)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller, ya
This was a disappointment for me. I appreciated the difficulty and skill that Whitney displayed in The Mockingbirds to tell different sides of the story about date rape. It was a deeper read for me than I expected. The Rivals just did not display that same skill for me. I was not as invested in the crime being put on trial or the players involved.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, books-i-own
This book was definitely a lot slower than the first one but I still enjoyed it a lot.

The mystery in this one was really fun. I loved Alex in this one even more than the first one and I didn’t know that was possible.
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Ali Mark
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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When Alex is in charge of leading The Mockingbirds, she's thrown into a case with her boyfriend, which is sure to cause romance-issues, and an half-brained junior politician, Parker. But when Alex's best friend and mentee are at the center of her investigation, will she do what's right? Or will she protect her friends?

You may like this book if you like the following sub-genres:

Drug Abuse
Vigilante Justice
Boarding Schoo
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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
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenyalit
The Mockingbirds was one of my favorite books of 2011 so I eagerly picked up the sequel, The Rivals, as soon as it was released. The Rivals was good...but not as good as The Mockingbirds.

The world of The Mockingbirds was largely black and white. We knew who the good guys were and we knew who the bad guys were. It wasn't quite so simple, but for the most part, it was clear. The villains and the heroes is much less clear in The Rivals. A massive drug ring designed to improve academic performance i
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Coming back to Themis Academy after summer, Alex Patrick's first year as leader of the Mockingbirds is off to a confusing, complicated start when a new student comes to her with allegations that a widespread cheating ring, aided by pharmaceutical drugs, is being carefully planned by a large group of students. This crime is less clear-cut than anything the Mockingbirds have went after before: there's no clear victim and they're not even sure who the accused are. But as clues start piling up, some ...more
Reading Teen
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-hardcover
The Rivals is a follow up book to The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. In The Mockingbirds, Alex Patrick is a high school junior who is date-raped after drinking at a club. The elite residential high school that Alex attends refuses to accept that any of their intelligent, talented students would break their honor code and so have no structure in place to deal with disciplinary issues. Alex's only recourse is to enlist the aid of the underground student group known as The Mockingbirds. After Alex' ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Daisy Whitney’s debut novel The Mockingbirds was one of the more unique books I read last year. It established the ground rules for the Mockingbirds, an underground student-run judicial system set on helping students when the administration fails. Now with the sequel The Rivals, Alex, who had sought help from the Mockingbirds in the previous year, is head of the secret society. Alex’s first case is unlike any other before it; a prescription drug ring aimed at helping students cheat has been set ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on my blog Reading the Best of the Best.

3.5 on blog. Has been rounded up.

The Mockingbirds was an excellent novel and one I loved immensely. I was worried about why The Mockingbirds had a sequel and after having read it, my opinions are still mixed. While I respected Daisy Whitney's ability to show that what happened to Alex did not just dissolve after a few months, the rest of the novel felt unnecessary. The Rivals was a good book nonetheless but not as good as The Mockingbi
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Well…this one had me on one rollercoaster of a ride. I was bouncing up and down from hating it to loving it and from hating Alex to appreciating her. It’s the year that Alex needs to discover the new her. The leader of the Mockingbirds and she tends to have some trouble doing this. She’s went from being the girl who went unnoticed to the one that everyone talks about and she’s having some issues dealing with the spotlight and all the pressure. So would I. imaging holding someone’s dreams in your ...more
Jan 07, 2013 added it
Welcome back to Themis Academy, a prestigious boarding school for exceptional teenagers. Here, you will be greeted with open arms, but this school is not as perfect as it may superficially seem. Even the rich, talented, and intelligent—especially the rich, talented, and intelligent—break the rules, and when the staff does not care, students must take action once again. In The Rivals, a set of justice-seeking students returns stronger than ever, ready to right the wrongs that the administration i ...more
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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 ...more

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