Monday, November 29, 2010

The Mockingbirds

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (NY: Little, Brown, 2010).

Alex Patrick knows something is off when she wakes up naked. Just that quickly, Daisy Whitney catapults the reader into Alex's elite prep school world, where Alex slowly realizes that she's been date-raped. Initially she can't even remember how she got into this boy's room, let alone naked. He says they had sex. Twice. Alex is horrified that she can't even recall the details of her first time. She confides what little she can recall first to her best friend/roommate and then to her older sister. They ultimately convince her to get help from a secret justice society at the school called The Mockingbirds.

This is an excellent tale, somewhat reminiscent of Speak, that is bound to be both an award winner and a must-read for the YA set. Highly recommended for ages 13 and up.

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