When the pain originates with someone who is gone, it’s your own memory that hurts you.
Title: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Book Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
Going into this contemporary YA I had no clue as to what I was getting myself into. I had not read the back, I had no idea what it was about, I picked it at random to listen to off audiobooks.com. I’m so conflicted with this one, it’s hard for me to completely rate it because I keep changing my mind! Here, let me break it down for you.
The voices for this one were not my favourite. I found Jack’s voice to be irritating, Peekay to be slightly “airy” and Alex was flat which was not so bad because her character was a bit flat. I did enjoy the different voices telling each part but as someone who is sensitive to noise I was not a fan, that’s just me though! Don’t worry I’ve talked to others who had no problems so make your own opinion.
My favourite part about the AudioBooks app is that I can pre-listen to the book from the beginning for a period of time ranging from 1-5min which is enough for me to decide whether I can handle the voices and if I would like to keep listening. This one I knew the voices were not my favourite from the get-go but the content was interesting to me so I went with it.
This book is so hard to rate. I keep bouncing from 3.5-4 stars and I just can’t settle. The subject matter is INTENSE. Please remember this. It is a book focused on what it takes to break down a rape culture through the voices of teens to remind us of why it’s so important to stand our ground on these matters. It was so hard to listen to at certain points and if I was reading the book I probably would have had to put it down to digest many times. This is an important read and if you’re looking for a contemporary that will portray the current world we live in search no more this is the read for you!