The Mockingbirds

Paperback | January 2, 2012

byDaisy Whitney

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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 isn't as pristine as it appears. There's a dark underbelly to the perfect record the Themis administration flaunts. Student infractions are rampant, and it's up to a secret vigilante society, the Mockingbirds, to maintain order on campus--a responsibility their members take very seriously.
Alex Patrick never thought she would need the Mockingbirds. But when she's date-raped by another student, she doesn't know where else to go. As much as she'd like to forget what happened, she can't escape the daily reminders of what went wrong that terrible night. Before she can summon the courage to take a stand, she'll have to accept that her battle for justice is not hers alone. Standing up for someone, especially yourself, is worth the fight.

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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 mis...

Daisy Whitney reports on television, media and advertising for a range of news outlets. She graduated from Brown University and lives in San Francisco, California, with her fabulous husband, fantastic kids, and adorable dogs. Daisy believes in karma and that nearly every outfit is improved with a splash of color. She is the author ofTh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316090549

ISBN - 13:9780316090544

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmm... I thought that this would be similar to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson but it really wasn't. It was much worse in fact and it wasn't really about her getting better, she was just making new friends and getting revenge on Carter. Alex was a good character. She had a large personality and knew what she was doing even though she was confused with everything. She was smart and wise. I liked this, but it could've been better. <3
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney tells a story of a secret society within a boarding school. How cool is that? Everyone who attends the school believes the Mockingbirds are a choir club when in reality they punish students for their wrongdoings. It reminds me of a court system. Although schools try their best, there is still not enough being done to deal with incidents that occur to their students. In addition to this, students find it difficult to speak to their teachers about the problems in their lives due to a fear that they may not understand. However, having a student society that deals with problems seems to be quite effective and rewarding. Many schools are beginning to offer peer support groups that give advice and resources, not quite to the extent of the Mockingbirds. Overall, I really enjoyed the idea behind this novel. It told a great story that many students can probably relate to. Although what you are dealing with may not be to the same extent of what Alex, the protagonist, is dealing with, it is always great to know there are other people in the same boat. As for the writing, I found myself bored a few times, as the novel was not fast-paced enough for my liking. I found this particularly during the court scene. This could be because I have no interest in law. Other than these moments where the writing was a bit slow for me, I did enjoy the writing. I found that The Mockingbirds was beautifully written with just enough description of the events through the novel to keep things interesting without it being overkill. I would recommend The Mockingbirds to anyone who is interested in law, challenging life-situations and high school life. More specifically, I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 15. Those who are younger may struggle with understanding some of the major themes.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotionally compelling book : I chose to read this novel for about three reasons. 1) I love To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, so I was immediately taken by the title. 2.) I started to look around on some other blogs for ratings of this novel and was happy to see a high number of stars/ratings on almost all the review I looked at, and 3.) The synopsis. It tells of something series with a little mystery about a secret underground society in a prep school. All very, very inviting. It all starts off on the first page: A very dramatic page that tells the story of a very confused, scared girl in denial. The story is about a girl who after trying to piece things together, then going through denial, and questioning her entire life takes a stand for herself and by doing so takes a stand for many others who have gone through what she has gone through. Because the only thing Alex really want it to get back to normal she decided to not go to the police and instead take it…well…underground I guess you could say. I couldn’t help relate to this. I have never been through anything like what Alex has gone through but I do know that when something bad generally happens to me I wish I could go back to a normalcy and find myself struggling trying to define what is normal and where it can be found. We probably all do. And when something bad happens we usually find that it has invaded every part of our life and it seems like no where is safe. That is why sometimes we just need justice. Maybe not for future individuals, or punishment/revenge, but to reclaim our live. And that is the story that Daisy Whitney portrays in her profound novel: A girl trying to claim her life, something that was stolen from her. The novel had me sitting up straight with my nose almost touching the inner spine of the book just wanting to get closer. I found myself cringing at the details of the incident as Alex’s random memories hit her at the most inconvenient of times. After reading the book that I just clung to, and almost ruined the pages from having gripped so hard, I found out that the reason the visions and emotions seemed so real was that Whitney experience it herself. What happened to Alex actually happened to her. And I have to say that I am extremely proud of her to be able to retell her story to the whole world. Although this is the story of Alex this is also the story of Daisy Whitney and I found myself respecting it even more than I would have if I just read it without the author’s background information. If that is even possible. Be aware…she leaves nothing behind and bares all in this heart wrenching story. I cried, I laughed, and I smiled for Alex. Good: Alex…although she believes herself to be weak through the majority of the book, she proves herself very strong. Martin…what a good man Maia and T.S…those are some great friends. Jones…although he doesn’t believe in the Mockingbirds he believes in Alex and justice…that is enough for me Bad: Sadly I do have to somewhat agree with Jones. Not that people should solely be able to deal with things themselves but that something like this probably should have gone higher than inner school justice. However, I can’t help seeing Alex’s point…I love my normalcy and dragging other things into it basically guarantees you to never have that again. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I had no issues with her writing style. It was well articulated and the emotion was carried across beautifully with every written word View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful debut by Daisy Whitney! Alex attends the prestigious Themis Academy and is your typical teenager. She gets good grades, has a couple close friends and has her future mapped out. On a night out with friends she get a little too drunk, meets Carter, a student from her school and ends up making out with him. The next morning she wakes up in his room, naked, with him sleeping next to her and with no idea what ended up happening the night before. That is until the he informs her that they had sex last night, twice. Stunned, she returns to her dorm and her and her roommates piece everything together and come to the conclusion that she has been date raped. How could something like this happen to her? At first Alex is in disbelief, tries push it aside, forget about it but she cant. She's reminded of it every time she sees Carter and what's worse is that he's told all his friends that she's easy and that she wanted it. Finally her friends convince her to speak up and enlist the help of The Mockingbirds, a secret student society created to enforce justice on the student body. Alex is brave for speaking up, she could've wallowed away in her room for the rest of the school year but she didn't. She's got a great support system with her sister and her two best friends all behind her. Carter...what a jackass. It was so easy to hate him because he thought he got away with it and that he did nothing wrong. There's also Martin, a friend of Alex's who is very caring, sensitive and understanding of what she is going through. Throughout the story their friendship slowly develops into a romantic relationship as well. Overall a wonderful debut novel by Daisy Whitney. I enjoyed going on this journey with Alex as she struggles with the aftermath of date rape, finding her voice and standing up for what's right. Date rape is another important issue that we don't see a lot of in YA which makes this another must read book for teens.
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational, Heartfelt... It's a Must Read! The Mockingbirds is one those novels that everyone needs to read at least once… and that’s saying something. It’s a contemporary novel that was not only enjoyable, but at the same time, it touched on a subject that is so rarely talked about in YA… date rape. I began reading the novel late at night and the next thing I knew, I was halfway done and a couple hours had passed. I was so lost in Alex’s story and the aftermath of the one horrible night that changes everything for her. When Alex Patrick is date-raped one night after attending a party, she turns to the Mockingbirds, her school’s secret society whose word is the law at Themis Academy. Inspired by Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, they seek to right the wrongs of their fellow students, forming their own sort of justice system as their school will only turn a blind eye. Because if Alex truly wants justice served for what happened to her night, they are the only ones who can help her. I think anyone can picture themselves in Alex’s shoes and understand what’s she going through... or at least try to. There are so many emotions running through her mind like hurt, confusion, anger, pain, fear, and even shame, and Daisy Whitney does an excellent job portraying all of that. Like any victim, she feels like it was her fault, like she did something wrong when in actuality, she did nothing of the sort. She’s haunted by the fact that she can’t truly remember the details of the night, and while she does her best to try to move on, it’s rather difficult when the memories slowly return with no warning when she’s doing the most normal of things. Initially, Alex wants nothing to do with the Mockingbirds, but she’s lucky to have such great friends and older sister who support her from the very beginning. They’re the ones who give Alex the confidence she needs to speak up, but in the end, it’s Alex’s brave courage which stops her from remaining silent. I do think The Mockingbirds is more intended for a mature audience. The subject of date rape is not one too be taken lightly, and there are some moments in the novel that I feel some people might find too discomforting. As Alex slowly remembers the events of that night, more and more details of the night are revealed from the eyes of a teenage girl who was frightened and in no position to understand what was happening to her. It’s enough to make you clench your fists and wish for the worst fate to happen to the boy who would do such a thing to her. But while the subject matter may be heavy at times, Daisy Whitney easily balances this by throwing in more light-hearted moments like the good-times between best friends and budding romances such as the one found between Alex and Martin. Ah, Martin. *happily sighs* The Mockingbirds captures your attention from the very start. You’ll be intrigued by the Mockingbirds and their own form of the justice system, but most of all, you’ll heart will reach out to a girl who only ever wanted to play the piano so she could someday attend Juilliard. It’s a novel about speaking up for what you believe in and that it takes courage to right wrongs. Daisy Whitney has written a truly inspirational novel and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/01/mockingbirds-by-daisy-whitney.html
Date published: 2011-01-11

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"In The Mockingbirds, Daisy Whitney has written an unflinchingly honest story about the importance of taking a stand and speaking out. An emotionally powerful debut that will leave readers breathless."-Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be