9/30 Book Review: The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species
Mindy McGinnis
[read on audio]

Summary via Publisher’s Weekly

Three high school seniors come together in McGinnis’s harrowing rumination on the nature of violence and the power of friendship in a small town. Three years ago, Alex Craft’s older sister, Anna, was raped and murdered, but there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the killer. Someone took matters into his or her own hands and killed the perpetrator, and McGinnis (A Madness So Discreet) doesn’t make it hard to guess who. Once a girl on the periphery, Alex attracts the attention of jock Jack Fisher, who’s more than just a guy who can put a ball through a net. Despite differing personalities, Alex and Peekay—shorthand for preacher’s kid, though her real name is Claire—bond while volunteering at the local animal shelter, with Peekay in awe of Alex’s stoicism.

So Many Thoughts!

The Female of the Species is another book that I read after SEYA Fest ’17 (I just reviewed another one). In fact, I started the audio of this one on the trip back. I have a lot to say about this book, much of it wound up in relatively incoherent feelings, but I’ll try to put this into some semblance of order. Continue reading