The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.

The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the Species

by Mindy McGinnis

Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 20th 2016

The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis



This was a total surprise for me. I had this audiobook on my library request list, and when it came available I started it without ever reading the blurb. I don’t  even know why I added it on my tbr, probably because of the great reviews, but boy this book was GOOD!!!

The Female of the Species was a wonderful read. Even more though since the story touched topics that were tough, brutal but unfortunately a part of our society.

From the very beginning Alex was a kick ass character. She knew how to kill, and had no issues doing what needed to be done. But she also felt like she needed to isolate herself, so she wouldn’t be a danger to others. She had her future pretty much laid out until life threw her a curveball. Meeting Peekay, making new friends, and falling in love with Jack, Alex slowly woke up from her self-inflicted prison. She suddenly realized that there might be other options, like college, family and a boyfriend.

There was certainly a romance between Alex and Jack, but the book was much more than that. The feelings throughout the story were raw and brutal at times. Being typical hormonal teenagers, emotional turmoil was a given. I just loved how all three main characters had so very different POVs and thought processes.

The author did a fantastic job describing the feelings, fears and doubts that played out between Alex, Peekay and Jack. Their distinctive voices were charming in their own ways, as well as engaging and incredibly likable. All three worked through different issues that were essential and fundamentally important and life changing.

I loved everything about The Female of the Species. 

Especially the writing, dialogues, and characters. It was incredibly well written, beautifully executed, but OMG the ending!! It killed me!! I didn’t see it coming, and it broke my heart! So, please if you pick up this book, do not read any spoilers, it will ruin the experience. But prepare yourself for heartbreak!

BTW if you liked Sadie, you’ll love The Female of the Species.


The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis


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.

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Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.

Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.

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