Book Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Summary:  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.


I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I thought. The synopsis really grabbed my attention but this book BLEW MY MIND! Everything is so twisted and completely unexpected that it takes you by surprise.

Alex Craft lives a very sheltered life after her sister was raped and murdered. She is mostly known as the girl with the dead sister, but unbeknownst to them, Alex has a very dark nature that no one knows of. Jack is the complete opposite of her. He is part of the in-crowd, who sleeps around with other people, and the star athlete who falls for her.

The Female of the Species book deals with a lot of serious problems that is going on in our society today, like drugs, rape, sexual assault... it is brilliant. Mindy McGinnis did a wonderful job penning the story.

The ending was just surreal. It has been a while since I have read a book like this that had left me in emotional despair. I grew attached to the characters and after everything that they have been through. To have it ending the way it did was understandable, but why? I am getting emotional just thinking about. 

The Female of the Species receives my golden stamp of approval. I highly recommend this for everyone. It really is an amazing book and I can't stop raving about it. I am definitely looking out for this author in the future. 

I went to this book not knowing much about it except for the somewhat vague synopsis that it provided me and I would definitely recommend you do the same because it would make the experience more enjoyable.

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  1. I'm been meaning to pick up this book for such a long time but I'm really scared of non-happy endings! but now I feel I should definitely go ahead and read it! Thank you for the helpful review :)

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