Leslie and I both LOVE The Mockingbirds and its sequel The Rivals--I reviewed The Mockingbirds here and Leslie reviewed The Rivals here. We are so happy to get the chance to giveaway both novels to one of our readers!
But first the excerpt...
This excerpt is from chapter two of The Rivals. It is part of a really sweet scene between Alex and Martin. We like it because shows how Alex is feeling after the events in The Mockingbirds and nicely describes how Alex got to where she is in the Mockingbirds, a secret club whose members are the school's own underground police, judge and jury.
"...no matter how many months have passed, I feel like I've been marked with an R. "How do you see me? Is that all you see when you look at me?"
He [Martin] laughs, but it's a reassuring one; he's not laughing at me. "It's the thing I never see. Because I see you, only you."I can't help smiling, but inside I want to be where he is. I want to see me the way he does--without seeing what happened first. Sure, I can be all tough and how dare you say it was my fault? to Ms. Merritt, but she touched a nerve inside me that's still tender. Because as much as I don't have any lingering questions whatsoever, I know some students probably do, and the thought sickens me.
"And then I also see a totally hot piano player, because there is no way I can look at you and say pianist. Sorry, but too weird a word for a guy to say. And then I see this girl who still likes me and still listens to my science stories after six months. Which is pretty awesome. And I also see the head of the Mockingbirds, and then I remember, Oh crap, Alex is in charge of me. I'd better be a good helper Mockingbird."
Then it's my turn to laugh, only I am definitely laughing at him and the way he's making fun of himself, since he's on the board of the Mockingbirds too--which means he helps decide which cases we take on. He's been a Mockingbird since he was a sophomore, working his way up to membership on the board. He's in the Mockingbirds because he believes in them, because he wants to help others.
But I'm brand-spanking-new to the group. And I'm the leader for one and only one reason--because I was raped. I didn't earn the post by putting in my time. I didn't work my way up or campaign. It was handed to me because the leader is always someone who brought a case and won it. And while that night when Carter Hutchinson took my virginity while I was passed out was many months ago, the memory of it can all come roaring back in an instant.
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