The Female of the Species
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 ...more
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This is how I kill someone.
And I don’t feel bad about it.
BRUTAL. That's how I would describe this book. It sits there all unassuming with its cute yellow cover and pictures of animals, but underneath it has some serious fangs. Rather like the female of the species, I suppose.
Quick warning: this book may not be suitable to those sensitive to rape and/or animal cruelty. Make no mistake, it's a nasty book. At times it's absolutely disgustingly awful. But it's a very sharp and effective look at se ...more
Watching flawed characters grapple with learned sexism and internalized misogyny is not always a comfortable thing, and though I was surprised by some of the choices McG ...more
4.5 stars Holy shit, this is good. It sounds like it's going to be a revenge thriller, and it is--but it's also a searing takedown of rape culture and a merciless examination of the way violence begets violence. Riveting prose, three clear POVs, and a relentless story that doesn't try to provide answers, but forces you to think about the things we excuse legally and socially. In a year in which we've stood by an ...more
where to fucking begin?
this is going to be a hugely polarizing book. if you're easily made squeamish by naughty language, depictions of teenagers drinking, doing drugs, having sex, or by violence (animal, people, sexual) or are otherwise a highly sensitive person, this book will probably play too rough for you. but considering how very often some of the events covered in this book make the news, the world pr ...more
"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 disdains and punctuated with an eye roll"
"I live in a world where not being molested as a child is considered luck."
A tough but important read.
Also, if you are reading this review and haven't read the book: Hey! This is an excellent book! I hope you like it!
(AKA I hope you suffer like I am suffering right now omgggggg.)
Basically the is one of the best contemporaries I've read in ...more
Everyone thinks if you fix a male dog it will lower his aggression, but most of the biters are female. It’s basic instinct to protect their womb. You see it in all animals - the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
The Female of the Species is a bit harder to review because of how important a book it is. It’s a story exploring rape culture, the effects of sexual assault, over-sexualization of teenagers, gender issues, sexual objectification, and slut-shaming. Set in Ohio with al ...more
"This is how I kill someone. I learn his habits, I know his schedule. It is not difficult. His life consists of quick stops to the dollar store for the bare minimum of things required to keep this ragged cycle going, his hat pulled down over his eyes so as not to be recognized. But he is. It's a small town."
Alex Craft's life was turned upside down three years earlier when her older sister Anna was murdered. The killer was exonerated, but it was clear ...more
There are 3 points of view in this book:
There's Alex, the girl who takes revenge. Who sees someone get roofied and throws the first punch. She's the anti-hero, the mor ...more
-(Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord)
Going into this, I expected something similar to Hard Candy, with a really heavy focus on revenge. Reading the synopsis, I then thought perhaps I'd be subjected to a typical high school coming-of-age tale.
After reading, I discovered that this novel is actually a well illustrated criticism of society's dismissive attitude toward women's issues, rape & rape culture in particular.
I wasn't prepared for such an encompassing ...more
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary, mystery, thriller
Will I recommend this book to others?: ABSOLUTELY
Will I reread this book?: OF COURSE
Overall story summed up in one word: BRILLIANT
Minor Spoilers Everywhere
You see it in all animals - the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
⚫ To begin, this book was absolutely brilliant. And there's no denying th ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars (agh, this is the moment when half stars are needed as breathing GR, you are killing me).
There are laws in place that stop us from doing things. This is what we tell ourselves. In truth we stop ourselves; the law is a guideline for how to punish someone who is caught.
Violent and brutal are the right words to describe this book. But so are naked truth and inner tenderness. I have complicated relationships with contemporary genre, meaning that I stopped reading it, becaus
I hope everyone who reads this book learns something -and I hope those who need to learn read it.
You see it in all animals—the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
tw: sexual assault, graphic violence, animal abuse
Wow. Just…wow. I went into this book without much knowledge of what it was about, and came out the other end feeling devastated and unsettled but also understood.
This is a harsh book about realistic people. It shows the ugly underbelly of our darkest thoughts. It shows the ugliness within us, the darkest thoughts that everyone has but nobody admits to.
OH. MY. GOD. *Janice's voice*
This book, I really don't know what to say or how to feel now! What a difficult, complicated read! I was completely blown away by the whole book, as this is a new kind of aspect in life I have never seen before, and now it's the author who has opened up my eyes.
I recommend this book, but not to everyone to be honest, as there are some SUPER mature parts which I'm not warned beforehand, and I was shocked at first, but hey! Come what may right?
“This is how I kill someone. And I don’t feel bad about it.”
This was a YA contemporary story about murder and rape.
Alex was quite an interesting character, and she really knew what she wanted and how to get it. It was eye-opening the way she seemed to be unbothered by the thought of killing someone, and the lengths she went to to plan how she would do it.
The storyline in ...more
"You see it in all animals—the female of the specie is more deadly than the male."
I don't know how to talk about this book, but I will force myself to, because this is a book that incites some discussion.
Alex's sister is dead. She was taken by a man who raped her and killed her after he got bored. Everyone knows he did it, but the prosecutor couldn't find enough evidence to convict him, since he buried parts of her body in a park and the animals got to her before the police did, so he walked a ...more
We read from three different perspectives in this novel. There is Alex. The girl seeking vigilante ju ...more
I feel like I should give this book 5 stars. I won't, because some things could have been developed better, but I feel like that because it's easier to make people read books when you've given them 5 stars, and I want people to actually stop, take a look at the rating and think about reading The Female of the Species. That sounds presumptous of me, ...more
I'm not entirely sure I have the words for this one, but I'll go ahead and try. This book is dark and violent and awesome... and I think I'll be processing what the holy heck I just read for a while to come. If you read this book, prepare to clear out some head space for the story to come and live in.
In the small, insular Ohio town where she grows up, Alex Craft is the girl with the dead sister. Not much more. She doesn't interact with her classmates, and they make no move to include her. That's ...more
I don't think I'd have picked up this book if it weren't for Mindy's name on the cover, because I'm not much of a contemporary reader, but I'm so glad I got to read this. (Even if I didn't get an ARC, I'd have bought it because of Mindy.)
This book is intense. Stark. And so beautifully written. Partway through I whispered to myself, "This girl might be a monster and I love her."
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is violent, filled with swear words and sexual content, but I wish I could giv ...more
After a hugely successful dystopian trilogy and her standalone exploration of insanity in a historical setting, Mindy McGinnis delves into a new territory with The Female of the Species, which is perhaps best described a hyper-realistic contemporary examination of teenage life, human resilience and revenge. It’s a bold, daring book that shoves hard realities right into our faces, making no effort to soften the blows or make us feel better along the way. Those who are a bit more sensitiv ...more
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Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET won the ...more
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