Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to read an ARC of The Mockingbirds many months ago. And I admit that, before I had read the book, my opinion may have been a little biased. I mean, I basically loved this book before I had even read it. Crazy, no? I'll admit that the #1 reason for this wasn't because of all the noteworthy buzz, or because of it's awesome cover (though, it is pretty awesome, isn't it?). It was because of it's fabulous, shoe lovin' author, Daisy Whitney. She's an awesome lady! And I knew, without a doubt, that her book would be great.
So what did I think once I read it?
Well.... I was a little surprised. Why, you ask? You see, once you build up a book in your head that much, and you just know you'll love it, it's a little surprising to find that..... it's so much better than you could have ever imagined. And now, when people ask you what you think about it, you won't even have to lie, because the truth is: The Mockingbirds is freaking fantastic!
Before I read The Mockingbirds, I wasn't a big reader of the YA Contemps. It's not like I was opposed to the genre or anything, but it just wasn't what caught my eye when I walked into the bookstore. I think you all know how I feel about the YA Paranormal Romance genre. For many months in 2009 I was all: Vampire and Angel and Zombied out. That's all I read, so that's what I became accustomed too. After I read The Mockingbirds though, that all changed.
Alex's--the MC of The Mockingbirds--story opened my eyes. The strength, courage, and transformation she makes during the course of the story, struck a nerve. This was a story of girl, a real girl. She didn't love a vampire. Not even a fallen angel. She was just a girl, and she was in a really bad situation all the same. The difference is: she was in a real life situation. One that any one of us could, or maybe even have faced before. Her story hit home, it was real. And that's why I loved it. And it didn't hurt that Alex was loveable, intelligent, and one bad-ass pianist. Oh, and there's Martin too. Can't forget about him. Anyway.....
Debut author, Daisy Whitney, handled the sensitive and very delicate situation of date-rape masterfully. And most importantly, never preachy. The topic of date-rape, or rape of any sort is a bold choice, and I commend Daisy for writing on the topic and sharing her personal experiences with us.
The Mockingbirds is the first book of a (now) two book series. The Mockingbirds 2 is set to release sometime in the fall of 2011.
The Mockingbirds is now available online at Amazon and other book-buying sites, as well as in stores like Barnes & Noble, Borders and of course your local independent book store. I'm also thrilled to report that Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review calling it "Bold, intense and timely."
To celebrate the book's release I made a donation to the charity Girls for a Change to support a team of teen girls leading social change in their community and I will continue to donate a portion of all my book proceeds to this charity.
So, as if you didn't already know, The Mockingbirds, released today! So be sure to run out and buy your copy. Now! I promise that you won't be disappointed! And you're helping a good cause as well. What's better than that?