Alex is in her junior year at prestigious Themis Academy and has a lot going for her. Older sister Casey was a star athlete at the school and Alex has extraordinary musical talent that might just be Juillard-worthy. So when she wakes up in a boy’s bed knowing she was date-raped, her world screeches to a halt and and she must put her future and stability in the hands of a student organization formed to protect other students and insure that justice is achieved.
When I first read the summary of this novel, I assumed that it would focus on the student organization, The Mockingbirds, and be solely about the greatness that is achieved through what they do on campus. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the novel hones in on protagonist Alex’s emotions and daily life after the rape and during the trial process. As the reader, you see life through her eyes as she struggles to understand what has happened and her role in it. You see her becoming both weaker and stronger throughout the judicial process and her recovery from the rape itself. Her past is revealed in a way that makes her truly come alive as a character.
While there is a fair amount of action in this novel, namely The Mockingbirds enacting their processes, it is not a novel that I would say moves in a fast-paced manner. However, I found myself turning pages quickly and not wanting to put it down because I wanted to know how justice would be served and how Alex would come through it all. Even through confusion and conflict, I found myself rooting for her and the students that came alongside her. Although the ending seemed to resolve abruptly, I was still left satisfied in the resolution and the person that Alex had become.
by Daisy Whitney
Published by Little, Brown