Review: I received an advance reader’s copy of Rivals by Daisy Whitney at the NCTE Convention this fall. This is the sequel to The Mockingbirds and continues to look at the darker side of boarding school. This book is a little less intense focusing on prescription drug abuse rather than date rape but does not ignore that Alex is still coping with the events that transpired the year before. This was a great read and was much more of a mystery than The Mockingbirds.
Like its predecessor this is definitely a book written for high school students. I think it would attract more females than males, but males could get into it as well. This isn’t a book I’d teach, but I would/will have it in my classroom library.
RL: My guess is about 4th grade
Interest Level: High School
Look for this book to hit shelves in early February!!!
Filed under: Boarding School, Bullying, Drugs, First Love/Crushes, Individual Read, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Sexual Assault, Teen Girls | Tagged: Daisy Whitney, YA Literature, Young Adult | Leave a comment »