The Female of the Species

Written by Mindy McGinnis

The setting is in a small town, where everyone knows who you are. It’s the end of summer, and three years ago Alex’s sister Anna goes missing. Just as fast as the culprit is accused he is let free. Alex isn’t forgiving.
Characters
Alex is the main character and knows how to pack a punch. She watches and knows how and when to strike, and she does not feel bad about it. Jack, who has known Alex and Anna since grade school, ends up wanting to learn more about the mysterious Alex. Alex decides to befriend a girl named Peekay, and becomes closer to all of them. Branley, who is Jack’s play toy, does not enjoy being set aside.
Good Points
The whole book was amazing. It took me in for some turns of unexpected laughs, heartfelt moments, and some thriller as well. If you want a book that will pull you in right as you read it this is the book for you! Considering the first line is “This is how I kill someone.”
Bad Points
The main points that were triggering are rape, animal abuse, and losing people you love. This sounds bad now but the rest of the book makes up for it.
Plot Summary
In a small town, where everyone knows everyone. Alex learns that justice isn’t always served correctly. As her sister’s death goes unpunished she makes sure that in her mind he is punished. But Jack Fisher sees her, he’s the type every guy wants to be and the one all the girls want to get with. But Alex caught his attention and now he doesn’t want to just see her, he wants to know her. So does Peekay, Peekay standing for Preachers kid. after a rough breakup she becomes friends with Alex learning more about her and what she does.

Ending
To be honest I wasn’t expecting the ending. The change of events and everything that happened was crazy. It was a wow ending and I would SO read this book again. I loved everything about it!!

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
R
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
R

Review by Ansley Roberts, Student, Cyprus High
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: YA Fiction

The Female of the Species
Written by Mindy McGinnis
Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
341 pages
Release Date: September 20, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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