The Rivals – Daisy Whitman

02 Aug

The Rivals
By Daisy Whitman
Mockingbirds Book 2
Available February 2012


When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn’t do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that’s been given to her, she’s now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn’t rape. It isn’t bullying. It isn’t hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don’t add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.

This Blonde’s Review:

After what Alex went through last year, she was the only person who fit the qualifications to be the new leader of the Mockingbirds. She is given a difficult task this year since it’s not just one person who is wronged. This time the Mockingbirds are asked to try a case about a prescription drug ring that helps students cheat.

Alex soon finds herself going against her principles and possibly ruining some of her relationships in search of the truth. She finds herself surprised by the things she finds, but are those things really what she thinks they are? Is she putting her trust in the wrong people?

I really enjoyed this. Some things seemed obvious to me, while others had me wondering what was going to happen. When everything is revealed Alex learns that sometimes friends and enemies are the ones you think they are, while other times you find yourself amazed.

We also see the introduction of a new group who seems to be anti-mockingbird. I’m sure we can figure where this would be going, but it’s still interesting to get inside this world that the author has created. And watch Alex figure out how to deal with everything.

While she may mess up along the way, Alex gets back on track with the way she should be acting as leader of the Mockingbirds. I was glad to see that Alex wasn’t perfect but she was able to figure out where she went wrong and try to fix it. I also loved that what happened in the first book wasn’t just Over. It still mattered to her and it mattered in ways she hadn’t expected to her classmates.

The way this book ended made it seem there would be a third book and I can’t wait to see where Daisy Whitman is going to take that one. If you haven’t read the first book you really need to read that first, and I definitely recommend you read this series. If you have and you enjoyed it then this follow-up book is one you need to pick up.


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