The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Released: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.


Mind. Blown. Mindy McGinnis has blown my mind.

Before I try to articulate how I felt about this book I just want to say that before picking this book up the only thing I had seen was this quote:


Obviously I had assumed it would be one of those books. You know the fluffy feminine ones. There is nothing wrong with those, I just wasn’t in the mood for that kinda thing. That changed when I opened the book, the first line was:

“This is how I kill someone.”

And I knew it was going to be a very different kind of book. I don’t even know how to talk about it because it contains such important/heavy topics. That’s the thing though it shouldn’t be so hard to talk rape or murder. Things that are deemed “taboo” even though they happen on a daily basis and need to be discussed. If you’ve been victimized/abused never be afraid to speak out about it and that’s what this book is.

The Female of the Species is such an honest/harsh/raw book. It just smacks you in the face and demands your full attention. It is dark and violent and sometimes that’s what you need to get a message across. This is a book that actually changes your way of thinking. It makes you realise how much misogynist shit girls get on a daily basis all because it’s considered “norm” and most of the time we do it to ourselves which sucks major ass, I just don’t understand why some girls go around calling each other bitches or sluts, it just makes it seem ok for guys to treat us that way.

“You see it in all animals—the female of the specie is more deadly than the male.”

I really recommend everyone read this book, both guys and girls, men and women. Young Adults especially.





8 thoughts on “The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

  1. Okay, I’ll admit that when I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, I read the front cover and didn’t bother picking it up to read the synopsis; I’d assumed (like you did) that it was one of *those* books.

    I’m so glad I read your review, because this sounds 1000% worth reading. Stupid of me not to give the synopsis a try, just because of the cover. *Dies of shame.*

    Excellent review! =)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Trust me I held off on reading it for weeks because of the cutesy yellow cover. lol as book bloggers we should know better than judging a book by its cover 🙈🙈. Oh my gosh I’m so glad you’re going to check it out, you won’t regret it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. You’re the second person I know of that has read it and loved it, so now it’s on my wishlist. I think some publishers sometimes “do it on purpose” to write blurbs that appeal to a certain kind of audience (in this case someone that wanted “one of those books”) but I honestly find it a bit deceitful. It’s also true that some books would be ruined if you knew more before starting reading them, so I’m torn.
    But I’ll make sure to read it at some point soon, it sounds very unique.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah exactly! I was mad that they kept marketing it as this feminist if-boys-can-do-it-so-can-girls thing when it’s completely not what this book is. It’s actually a pretty dark story but I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I first saw this in a Twitter chat and I was instantly drawn to it and not because I think this is one of those fluffy feminine ones. I even thought it was a sci-fi because of the animals on the cover but lol.. violence was the last thing I expected. And that one-liner.. just makes me eager to read it more. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s