The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (2016, Katherine Tegen Books; 352 pages)
A brutal and ferocious story, the type of story that won't let you go, this is the story of Alex Craft who knows how to kill someone. She learns how to kill someone after her sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free. Alex has relegated herself to a life of loneliness, but then Jack Fisher – star athlete and valedictorian-- shows an interest in getting to know her. And then, Peekay - the defiant preacher´s kid - will also get tangled up in her life when they both volunteer together at an animal shelter.
We read the story of the events that occur after a night partying together, when Alex's darker side breaks out, through three alternating perspectives.
The book is best for older teens and/or mature readers. There is violence against women and violence against animals too, but they are part of a haunting depiction of loss, love, revenge, and friendship. It is an extraordinary book, one that deserves to be read, shared and talked about.
"McGinnis grabs the reader by the jugular with her first seven words and doesn't let go until Alex's story has been masterfully told. Layer by layer we come to know, if not understand, this young woman who has survived one of life's greatest tragedies. Her secrets may have protected her but cannot save her, and healing is not an option. Alex in all her complexity will not soon leave your mind or heart." -- Saddy Oddi, owner and manager, Cover to Cover Bookstore, Columbus, OH.
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