The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis Book Review

Hello everyone! It has been a hot second since I last did a book review! I recently read The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis and I have some stuff to talk about! I will try to keep this spoiler-free but I will include spoiler tags.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.

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.


When I was first reading this book, I wasn't the biggest fan. I felt as though the girls in the book were merely shown as objects and some of the descriptions of the characters made me cringe because it always mentioned something about their bodies. As I read more, I enjoyed it more and more because I finally understood the whole point of the story. The girls had to be displayed like that so that the message could be put forth. I knew nothing about the story beforehand but I am glad that I read it even though it isn't a favorite by any means. I actually oddly enough relate with Alex. She was the odd girl out of her friends and didn't understand a lot of concepts that everyone else did. I understand her desire to keep a clear head at parties and that helped a lot in the end. Don't get me wrong, she needed to learn how to control herself better but I feel like she was really learning from her peers and I love how she made the effort. The love Jack felt seemed a little too instantaneous but I feel like that's how teens work nowadays. Some of the teens I have met have called their "boyfriends' of two months the love of their lives which reminded me of Jack even though his love was more real. Peekay  (Claire) is amazing and I love her! I felt like she was one of the very few people who could handle Alex's chaos so well and I just value her as a character overall. I did feel like the characters were well done for the most part and I would definitely recommend the audiobook!

Well, that is it! I hope you enjoyed! Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Happy Reading!
So long,
~D.

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