Alex attends prestigious Themis Academy, where she is a budding musician, hoping to be admitted to Julliard. After a night of drinking she awakens one morning naked in bed with a boy from her school. She cannot remember what happens, but knows the two have had sex. While her memory returns in bits and pieces over time, Alex knows almost immediately that what occurred was not consensual. Her choices are to remain silent or approach the Mockingbirds, the students' own version of a judicial system at school.
The idea of the Mockingbirds (named after To Kill a Mockingbird) and the way it is structured and metes out justice was one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. The topic of date rape is a touchy one, but Alex presents herself as believable - able to go on with her life, yet finding flashbacks of these events coming to the forefront and forcing her to recall what happened that night. Alex manages to stand up for herself although it is difficult, a good role model for other young girls.
Mockingbirds was hard to put down- my second novel of the week that I have stayed up late finishing - no wonder I am so tired! I can hardly wait to see what else Whitney writes in the future.