The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: Review

The Female of the Species

1/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, “Mystery”, “Thriller”, Romance

Series: Standalone

The Story:

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.

My review:

I honestly understand why this book has incredibly high ratings with not a single negative review in sight. It deals with important topics, such as rape and sexual assault (trigger warning for that) and it deals with it pretty well. My issue was more with the plot and the ending. (Major spoilers ahead and they will not be marked.)

My expectations for this one were way too high and when I finished this book, I was extremely disappointed. My problem with this book was that there was seriously not much of a plot? This is also characterized as a mystery/thriller and I feel like that’s a wrong category for this book because it’s more contemporary-ish than a thriller. Sure, it has it’s thrilling moments, but I would not classify this book under that genre.

Nothing intriguing and interesting happens in this book.It’s boring as fuck. You have to follow the book and let it take lead without knowing anything from the blurb. You just gotta go with the flow for this one and that didn’t work out for me because that flow wasn’t taking me anywhere. But if you’re the “go with the flow” type of person then I guess you’d enjoy this.

I want to take a moment to talk about the characters because I didn’t like a single one of these dumb fucks.

Alex Craft is like a walking killing machine. I liked her ways of thinking about feminism, but she was just a tad bit too extra with her violence. She’s killed someone and gotten away with it. And what happened with her character at the end just pissed me off. The author just kills her off. Ummmm why??? She a fucking serial killer and you just kill her off at the end, heroically saving someone? She murdered someone, I don’t care if he’s bad. She murdered someone and instead of making her face justice, the author just kills her off at the end? I don’t know man, feels cheap to me.

Jack Fisher = A ghost. What the fuck is the point of this guy in the book? I seriously don’t understand.

Peekay was a character I actually liked and enjoyed reading about.

Overall, this book is important and I got the message, but I did not enjoy it all.

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