Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Rivals is an excellent sequel to Daisy Whitney's debut, The Mockingbirds. Though Alex still struggles with getting over her rape, the book doesn't focus on that issue--though Whitney does illustrate the point that standing up for what's right can have a lasting negative impact. But The Rivals sticks mainly to the problems at hand, and how Alex can fight the dirty tactics of the cheaters without becoming underhanded herself or crumpling under the pressure. It can be hard, and Alex isn't a perfect protagonist or leader, but the lessons she learns help amplify Whitney's message that doing right, and doing it honestly, are more important than winning and being the best. Whitney pulls this off without being preachy, and with an engrossing mystery as well. The books offers quite a different perspective than The Mockingbirds, but is no less entertaining. The Rivals is a riveting book aboutjustice and the peer pressures of high school.
Cover Comments: I like the yearbook style of this cover, and the graphics, but it does seem a little average compared to a lot of YA covers out there.
ARC picked up at BEA.
Stay tuned on Thursday for an exclusive video with Daisy Whitney!