Rambling about books

Book review: The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis

Book cover from Goodreads

But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.


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. Taken from Goodreads.

That is somewhat a correct depiction of me when I finished the book. How could this book did that to me? How can such a compelling book broke my heart into pieces? Wait, don’t answer that. Of course it can. Amazing books are the ones that can make me cry. That aside, I swear this book is beyond amazing. I’m just glad that I read this book in 2017, that way 2017 hasn’t been all reading slump and bad choices of books.

The Good

The narration was the first tell tale sign that I was going to like this book. Alex’s ominous tone, Peekay and Jack’s honest but confused tone were definitely interesting to read. The honest and brutality of their voices made it hard to put this book down. And although it seems too hopeful, I have to admit the characters were such an enjoyable experience to read.

The Bad

What the hell is up with the ending? Can’t we have a nice ending to everything? Why? Okay, full disclosure, I sort of spoiled myself of the ending before I reached the ending, and when I did get to the part (yeah, I meant that part), I was just practically skimming. I wasn’t going to be sad and lonely on Christmas (but I still did feel sad and lonely and was bawling up when I finished the book). I mean, I get that the ending made an epic closure to the story, but why? Why? We need #JusticeForAlex!!

The Ugly

Not saying bad stuff about the book that I have been giving flying reviews for, but I can totally pass up on the cursing. The way that some of the characters were cursing just doesn’t feel right with me; like it was forced out of their mouth, like the author was trying to hard to talk shit, you know? I am totally okay without the cursing. And don’t get me wrong, I’m big on cursing myself, but when it feels force, it just kinda felt cringe worthy, and I felt like having a secondhand embarrassment from it. But, other than that, no complaints for this book. Okay, I may be still salty about the ending, but whatever.

A solid and convincing yes!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Female of the Species

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

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