The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
# of Pages: 341
Genre: Dark Contemporary
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Do I recommend this book?
Absolutely, I think everyone should read it.
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 10
Ease of Reading: 10
Summary from Goodreads:
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
This book absolutely blew me away. I knew nothing going into it, and enjoyed it completely. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I loved all of the characters, and I loved how the story was told from all of their perspectives.
Yes, this story was dark, but it was perfect for the message Mindy McGinnis was trying to get across.
It’s always so hard for me to describe my feelings on fantastic book like this. Like it’s literally so good that I can’t put it into words. There are just simply not the right words in the English language to describe the way this book made me feel.
I even went into this book with extremely high expectations, and was still completely taken by surprise. This will definitely be one of my favorite reads of all time.