It may seem like I like every book that I review, but I will tell you that for the first two-hundred pages or so, I didn’t care for this book at all.
To me, the idea of the plot was super interesting, but when I was reading it, the story seemed trivial and Alex annoyed the crap out of me. Alex, the main character, was wishy-washy and overall seemed selfish to me. The story is based on a private school whose administration takes no responsibility for the students’ safety or well-being, which causes the students to take control by forming an elite organization called the Mockingbirds that gets justice for students who have been wronged and ignored by the school. Alex is the leader of the group and is put in the difficult spot of determining what was right in the first ever cheating ring at her school, Themis.
Like I said, I really didn’t like this book until I had only about 1/3 of it left and it is mostly because of Alex who kept doing what she knew was wrong and while I understood the basic point of the Mockingbirds, I didn’t think it was all that impressive. However, at a certain point in the book, everything changed and I literally felt like a lightbulb went on above my head. It finally clicked to me what the author was saying - that teens, despite hating it, need some sort of authority figure and shouldn’t be forced to grow up knowing only that they have to succeed. Also, at that point in the story, the truth finally came out and Alex seemed to finally understand she didn’t need to be a victim from her date-rape case any longer and instead could be a survivor and a role model.
In conclusion, this book was one of those books that you need to be patient with and if you are, it will totally pay off. Overall, I enjoyed this book and think it proves an excellent point.
P.S. I accidentally read The Rivals (the sequel) without reading The Mockingbirds so keep that in mind when reading this review, please!
P.P.S Jones is mine. Daisy Whitney approved.
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