The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary

Published September 20th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

About this Book:

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


This is not the sort of book I should up late reading but still that is what I did. You do not expect a book with such bright cover and with goddamn cat on it to be so damn dark. And the best part is, it didn’t feel dark like in a wrong way. Just a very natural, defensive way.
I was hesitant about picking this book up right after Tarryn Fisher had left me awestruck with her writing. But reading the first sentence of the book had me believing it would turn out amazing.

This is how I kill someone.

But I should learn not to judge too quickly because after a few pages I started reconsidering reading this. A couple of great reviews on Goodreads changed my mind and I went back to reading which made me realise what an important, honest and raw book this was. Raw in the sense that it dealt with misoginy and rape culture but not with hidden metaphors but straight out action. This is one of the best contemporaries I have read in a while.
Alex’s character was so interesting. She protects her best friends by ripping off part of a face of the guy who was about to rape her but she also volunteers at a pet clinic and talks to kitties. She has no problem in being with her boyfriend (which shows that she is not a man-hater) and yet the guy who comes at her with wrong intentions gets punched in the crotch.
She doesn’t go ahead and call other girls mean names and even helps other girls understand why. This book had romance and friendship but that’s not all it had. It had good writing and emotions and strong characters on top of a very important theme.

My first book by this author and I am glad I waited to pick up the right book.


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