It's been an INSANE week thanks to the Epic Giveaway of Epic Epicness at WriteOnCon--and I have to take a minute to thank you all for your amazing support and donations. Thanks to you guys we're about halfway to our fundraising goal--which is unbelievable, especially considering that's all from only two days. THANK YOU! Really, you have no idea how grateful we are. And if you haven't had a chance to enter all the contests and giveaways, you can find the complete list here.
BUT--that's not what we're here to talk about. It's Thursday, so of course we Bookanistas are out in force, gushing and raving about amazing books we've read. And today I have an especially awesome one by an incredibly fabulous author: THE MOCKINGBIRDS, by Daisy Whitney.
Ooo--look at the pretty cover...
Here's how the publisher describes it:
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.
Now--I'll admit--while I was intensely curious about this book because of all the buzz, I was also more than a little apprehensive. Not just because of the subject matter, but also because so often books that deal with issues turn into 300+ page soapbox lectures about THE ISSUES and you start to feel like, wait--is this a Lifetime special of the week? So I was relieved and amazed when THE MOCKINGBIRDS was nothing like that.
Yes, it deals with the subject of date rape in an honest, heartbreaking way. And it shows girls the importance of standing up for themselves and fighting for what's right. But it's so much more than that.
Alex is a real, complex character who is struggling to find a way to still be herself after being date raped. She doesn't want to let that one horrible incident define her life or rob her of all the things that mattered. And through her friends, her music, and The Mockingbirds, she's able to not only take a stand against her assaulter, but she's able to take back her life.
Will she ever be the same girl she was before it happened? Of course not. But she finds a way to play her songs again. To love again. To feel safe again. And to me, that was the best part of the message within THE MOCKINGBIRDS. It's not just about standing up and fighting back. It's about going on. Dealing with the daily realities and finding a way to feel whole again.
The book is page-turning and elegant and real and I loved every single word. And I applaud Daisy Whitney for having the talent and courage to write it. I'm sure it can't have been easy, considering her own personal experiences with date rape. But she poured her heart into the story and created something truly amazing that I highly recommend to all of you reading this.
THE MOCKINGBIRDS will be released on November 2nd, and I strongly suggest you pick up a copy. You won't regret it.
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