Friday, May 9, 2014

What we're reading: Sequel

I read The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney, with book club a couple of years ago and liked it. It's about an exclusive private boarding school whose administrators trust the students to always behave honorably. Well, we know that's an ambitious / unrealistic hope! So for those times when they don't, there is a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their classmates, since the administrators won't do it for them. This book deals with date rape, so I would say it's better for 11th- and 12th-graders. It was well written, well thought out, and I liked the way she dealt out the details.

Anarda sent the sequel, called The Rivals, home in my book bag a couple of weeks ago. (She often sneaks books in there with little notes saying "READ ME!") So I read it.

I liked this one too--especially the convolutedness of where the cheating/drugging scandal goes--but I did think there were some parts that were unlikely, and some parts where people's reactions did NOT match up with what I thought they would/should be, so disbelief wasn't completely suspended for me. Still, it was well told, and for those who liked the first book, it is definitely worth pursuing.


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