The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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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I am always hesitant to read books when they’ve gotten a lot of hype (unless they’re LGBTQA+) but I’ve liked some of McGinnis’ books before, so I got this book from the library earlier this month.

The Female of the Species is a dark book, I honestly haven’t read a YA like this in awhile. It took me by surprise and I loved every minute of it. Alex is the main character, but the book is narrated by several people. There were times when I didn’t particularly like the POV change, but I also didn’t hate it like I normally do.  The writing was vivid, and the POV changes were more about character development than telling the next plot point. Which I appreciated.

As for the characters themselves, what I liked best is that there were reasons to both love and dislike them all. To me this felt very realistic. Alex was a fantastic character, she had so many layers. She was this avenging angel and I loved it.  Peekay, was a very kind friend, admittedly she was my least favorite, but she had some good parts to her. I thought I would dislike the boyfriend, Jack, because I’m getting really bored of straight romances. But I actually ended up liking him because, again, he wasn’t a great person. He wasn’t Alex’s savior in the end, he was just a teenager who liked a girl who was messed up.

The ending completely took me by surprise and I loved that. I was prepared for the ending to be happy, after all so many unhappy things had happened throughout the story. But the ending was perfect, it was right in the middle of a happy ending and a sad ending. I won’t give spoilers, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

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