The Mockingbirds

by Daisy Whitney | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316090530 Global Overview for this book
Registered by xallroyx of Huntington Beach, California USA on 12/28/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by xallroyx from Huntington Beach, California USA on Tuesday, December 28, 2010
“Silence does not equal consent. . . . The only thing that means yes is yes.” When Alex, a junior at Themis, a New England boarding school, wakes up naked in a boy’s bed, she doesn’t immediately realize what has happened during the previous drunken night. As fragmented memories return, though, she begins to understand that what happened was date rape. With the encouragement of her friends and older sister, Alex submits her case to the Mockingbirds, an underground justice system inspired by Harper Lee’s classic novel, in which Themis students investigate and try crimes committed against other students. Whitney, whose author’s note discusses her own teenage experience of date rape and its aftermath, is a seasoned journalist, and she writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird’s trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love.

Journal Entry 2 by xallroyx at Huntington Beach, California USA on Saturday, June 25, 2011
I read this over X-mas break. It had an interesting premise and I enjoyed it.

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