Review: The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species Mindy McGinnis

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult

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This was excellent! I bought this novel when it was on sale at Amazon, but now I crave to have the physical copy, too.

The Female of the Species is the story of Alex Craft, whose sister was brutally raped and murdered three years before and the culprit walked away for lack of evidence. Alex knows the language of violence well, and is decided to take justice to her own hands. She can’t stop being this way, and knows she’s a danger to normal people and cannot trust them with her secret. But when she befriends Peekay and starts to fall in love with Jack, things get out of control, and it will change their lives forever.

I absolutely loved Alex, she was such a complex, unique character and so fierce and intense. I enjoyed that the book was told from Jack’s and Peekay’s point of view as well, but I could also have loved it just for Alex. She will not let people get away with rape jokes or with inappropriate behavior. She is complicated and a very grey character and I dare you not to love her too. Honestly, all characters from this novel were complex and well-written.

Ultimately, this book is about rape culture. And it deals with its subtleties, complexities and hypocrisies brilliantly. It forces you to look at the things you see on your daily life and you can’t look away anymore.

I feel like there isn’t much more I can say except: this is a wonderful book and if you think you don’t like contemporary YA, read this book! It will shock you, captivate you and lure you in. I want to re-read this just by writing this review. It’s easily one of the best books I read, ever. I’m still heartbroken from this book.

Trigger warnings: rape, violent death, torture.

14 thoughts on “Review: The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis

  1. Amazing review! I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages and I’ve been waiting for the right time to get to it…though I don’t know if there is a “right” time to be in the mood for a book with all those themes, which is probably why I’ve put it off. Still, I’m glad to see you liked it and I feel even more confident I’ll enjoy it when I finally do read it.

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  2. Excellent review! I picked up this book back in March when Mindy came to the local author event we had at our public library. She literally lives the next town over from me, basically 10-15 minutes away, and I hadn’t realized that until I saw her at the event. I do still need to read this one though.

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