Leslie's Review: The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

book cover Hardcover: 346 pages 
Publisher: Little Brown
 Release Date: February 6, 2012
ISBN: 9780316090573

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: The Mockingbirds #2 (possible standalone)
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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.

Leslie's Review:
My sister really liked The Mockingbirds and has urged me to read it for a while. I still haven't picked it up but when we were sent a review copy of its sequel The Rivals, I decided to read it instead. It turned out to be such a great read that I'm making it a goal for myself to read The Mockingbirds this summer as soon as I get the chance.

I loved this book. It was unputdownable (I'd begrudgingly put it down only when necessary--for food and sleep) and when I finally finished reading it, I was blown away by the book's overall amazing-ness, awesomeness and honesty. The meaningful and relevant themes had left me pondering. The surprising plot twists kept me at the edge of my seat. The great characters (both the good and the bad) were so living-and-breathing kind of real and true.

While I hadn't read The Mockingbirds, I could tell from just reading this book that Alex, the main character, must have grown and developed a lot from that first novel. I loved and rooted for her all throughout The Rivals as she kept on being the bigger person, overcoming her demons, and persevering until the very end, and then coming out strong and beautiful--the person she was meant to be. She was such a relatable character--smart, talented, and passionate. I admired her boldness and bravery, how she didn't give up or get discouraged when everything around her seemed almost unfixable. She truly was a great heroine and role model. She's the type of heroine I hope and aspire to be.

Although The Rivals is a sequel to The Mockingbirds, it can be read as a standalone and still be enjoyable. It is absolutely a must-read for everyone. Alex is now one of my all-time favorite YA characters. I'm so happy I got to read this book. I am looking forward to reading  The Mockingbirds very soon.

1 comment

  1. This sounds fantastic! I've been going through a real YA phase in my reading lately, and think that this is definitely another book to add to my "to-read" list!


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