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The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

The Mockingbirds by Daisy WhitneyThe Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Series: The Mockingbirds #1
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

Some schools have honor codes.
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 went into The Mockingbirds not knowing anything about the story, which was probably a mistake in hindsight. The Mockingbirds is a story about a rape survivor and how she handles the aftermath with the help of her friends and a secret society at her boarding school. Due to lack of research on my part, I was shocked to find out that The Mockingbirds was about date-rape, because I managed to steer clear of summaries and spoilers. On the one hand, I love doing this because I hate knowing what a book is about before going into it. On the other, I sort of wish I had been more prepared.

Alex, the main character, is someone who I really enjoyed reading about. I didn’t feel any mind-blowing connection to her or anything, but I felt many feels while she was dealing with her abuse and I love the way that she handled it. It wasn’t easy for her, obviously, but she survived and she’s freakin’ awesome.

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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

The Night Watch by Sarah WatersThe Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Genre: Historical
Release Date: 1st March, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, "The Night Watch" tells the story of four Londoners-three women and a young man with a past-whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly in the shadow of a grand historical event.

First of all: look at that hideous cover XD I’ve never seen a cover as tragic as that and yes, it is the cover of the edition I bought. Secondly: this was recc’d by Lauren for… what the hell month are we in now? April, I think it was because this month she’s making me read a horror *prepares the stake and holy water*

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