Book: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Publication Date: 20th September 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
“But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.”
Wow. I had a strong feeling this book was going to leave an impact on me but I didn’t anticipate I would love it as much as I did. The Female of the Species is a beautifully written book that tackles rape culture and shows its prevalence in our society. Trigger Warnings: animal abuse, sexual assault, graphic violence.
The plot was so engaging and interesting, I was hooked the entire time. I didn’t read the synopsis going in and didn’t know there would be 3 different POV’s but I really enjoyed all the different perspectives we follow. I read most of this book in one sitting I needed to know what was going to happen with these characters, even if it was a hard book to read at times.
Alex is one of the most complex, morally grey characters I have ever read, I loved her. Alex is still very much mourning the death of her sister who was raped and murdered a few years before the start of the book, she has isolated herself as she doesn’t trust herself to be around people or get close to them. Alex is very intense but also incredibly kind and caring, seeing her open up with Peekay and Jack was so amazing. The way Mindy McGinnis wrote her character was perfect and chilling.
I really loved Peekay, she was probably my favourite perspective because she was the most relatable and her perspective felt so personal and relevant. Peekay is so caring and I loved how she reached out to Alex and brought her out of her shell. She had so much great character development. Jack took me a while to warm up to but I really appreciated his character development and I ended up really loving his and Alex’s slow-burn relationship. I was really happy that the book didn’t focus on the romance and I loved all the feminist themes and discussions.
Overall, I really loved The Female of the Species and I know this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I think it’s best to go into this book not knowing much and if you can read this book it is definitely worth it.
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