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Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 20th 2016
Source: ARC, HarperCollins International, Katherine Tegen Books
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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.
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“The Female of the Species” by Mindy McGinnis was very interesting. This book is full of talks and events of rape, murder, alcohol, sex, and random parties. McGinnis is a great writer, but I feel like this book is lacking. The story-line and plot could have been better. The only way I made it through the novel only because of PeeKay. I really liked PeeKay and I wanted to know how her story ends.
Alex has many issues. She doesn’t know how to deal with her problems. Alex turns to violence and justice. She keeps to herself until PeeKay comes along. Finding a friend starts to help Alex get on the road to recovery.
PeeKay was my favorite character. She tries to prove that she is more than a preacher’s kid by being a rebel. She ends up getting herself into some deep trouble. PeeKay befriends Alex and truly tries to help her through friendship. I like how PeeKay is a genuine friend. She cares. I think it is powerful when we find out PeeKay’s real name. It shows the cruelty of high school at it’s best.
Jack is partially misunderstood and partially a cliche. He talks about people not understanding, yet he keeps sleeping with Branley. Jack acts like he has no choice when it comes to sleeping with Branley. The truth is, he does and he chooses wrong every time because Jack is weak and has no will power. I was most disappointed in Jack’s character.
Ultimately, “The Female of the Species” cold have been a lot better. This doesn’t mean I won’t read anything else of McGinnis’ though. This novel just isn’t my favorite. The plot and characters were extremely weak.