It’s that day of the week again! I can’t believe this week has flown by so fast. It seems like it was just Monday. I’m not complaining though! Here we are today with a review of The Female of the Species. This was my first introduction to Mindy Mcginnis’ work, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Title: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Hardcover, US/Audiobook
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.
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.
I want to preface this review saying that it’s going to talk a little bit about rape and rape culture. If this content is something you’re uncomfortable with please be prepared or don’t read this review. Take care of yourself first and foremost ❤
This was a really really quick read for me. Once I started it I couldn’t stop. It was riveting to listen to, and I love the voices of all the characters. For some reason I had thought it would only be told from Alex’s perspective before jumping in, but I’m glad we got to hear the voices of the two other characters.
Here are a few things I said right after finishing:
Extremely well written and something I don’t know if I would have ever gotten around to reading if I hadn’t gotten the audiobook from my library. It was really good and something I couldn’t stop listening to.
I had thought it was going to be a little more fantastical than it was, but it was raw and real and full of so much emotion. I like it more than I was expecting, and every time that happens for me, it’s a thrill. I love when books surprise me like this.
This book deals with deeply flawed characters. They have a lot of different reactions to the rape culture that is fostered in their sheltered community. It affects the three main characters in very different ways, and each time they must face repercussions in the novel I’m interested to see how it will grow them.
Alex’s character was the most interesting to follow for me. I liked seeing her come to her own person and embrace what she was inside, all the ugly edges and soft curves that she tried to bury. She brought life into the two other main characters in this book. Jack and Peekay are floating without having any strong convictions. Then Alex comes into their lives and they will never look at the world the same way again.
There are a lot of stand out moments in this book to me, and the ending left me shocked. It was one of the things where I thought the author was playing a huge joke on me and was going to pull through for the expected ending. However, I can’t say that I would prefer that ending to the one we got. I feel it’s similar to A Thousand Splendid Suns where it could have only ended this way.
The writing was beautiful and elegant. It was simple, but very powerful. I loved every second of it. I highly recommend this book to people looking for something to stir some thoughts up in their brains.