Saturday, April 7, 2012
"The Mockingbirds" by Daisy Whitney
First of all, I want to commend Daisy Whitney for writing about such a sensitive topic. Date rape is such a difficult crime to acknowledge, as most victims feel that they are to blame. Somehow they caused it and since it is their fault, they could not bring any action against the perpetrator. Whitney repeats several times throughout the book that the absence of a NO does not mean YES. That is so true, and so necessary for men and women alike to remember always.
I am glad that eventually Alex felt confident enough to confide in one of her teachers. It didn't amount to much other than helping her realize the truth of the matter, but at least one adult was consulted in all of this. As Alex is the victim, she also undergoes the biggest change throughout the book. She learns to stand up for herself - finally. She has a great group of friends who help her through her ideal, and they each add their own different kind of help. And of course the ending is set up for a sequel (The Rivals which was published earlier this year).
Overall, I'm glad there is a YA novel out there that speaks to this topic, and I think it did so realistically. But I am not in love with this novel. I really wish that the adults in this situation were not so removed or off-limits. In an event as serious as date rape, I think it is sad that parents are not consulted for fear of overreaction or being taken out of this boarding school and that the police are not informed due to fear of a big scene and the possibility of a rape kit being performed. So I hope this has been getting people talking about date rape and thankful that there are resources listed in the back of the book if anything like this has happened to you... but other than that - I'm all set.
by Daisy Whitney
Little, Brown 2010
Source: Purchased New
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