Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is The Rivals by Daisy Whitney, set to hit shelves February 6, 2012 from Little, Brown.
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I loved The Mockingbirds, and I adore Daisy's writing. This is one I absolutely cannot wait for this one. Even more? I love that a more intangible crime is being used for the focus of this one, and it's going to build up what is already set up without taking away from the huge messages set forth in the first book. And adding to all this even more is the fact that at least going by the summary, it will still focus very much on Alex, her development, and who she really is, even with everything else going on. I expect this book to be fantastic! As for the cover... I love that it fits with the first book's, and has that same simplicity while still being appealing. The dog makes me think too, especially about loyalty. All in all, I need this book. February is WAY too far away.