Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species

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Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a riveting contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner.
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.
2017 Tayshas List Selection * YALSA Top 10 Best YA Fiction of 2017 * School Libray Journal Best of 2016 * Junior Library Guild Selection * The Globe and Mail Best Books of 2016 * Bustle’s Best Young Adult Books of 2016 * Mashable’s 8 Best YA Books of 2016 * Seventeen's 10 Best YA Books of 2016 * CCBC Choices 2017 * 2018–2019 Louisiana Readers' Choice Award Nominee * 2019 & 2020 Choose to Read Ohio Booklist
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Diana Cat
Diana Catshared an impression4 years ago
🔮Hidden Depths
💡Learnt A Lot
💞Loved Up

An excelent book. Deals with very important topics like slut shaming and rape culture in a very real way. I definitely reccomend this book.

a out of context
a out of contextshared an impressionlast month
👍Worth reading
🔮Hidden Depths
💡Learnt A Lot

This was... A lot. Like a lot lot. But I think is one that is very important. I would have like to resolve some things (particularly with jack and branley) but I get that not everyone gets a happy ending and people are not perfect. Remaind yourself that it's never your fault, that bad people deserve it bad and that if you allow the jokes and the molestation who everyone seems to think are insignificant but later become assaults and other monstrous things, you are contributing to rape culture.
So f them. Really hard. Better to be with no friends than to be friends with rapists. Better rapists to have bruises and their skin thorne apart than having girls abused.

Nati Bremmen
Nati Bremmenshared an impressionlast year

Hearbreaking. Can one be on the side of the murderer? How f*#k up it's our society and this rape culture that we live in... And most of the people don't Even realise.


Nati Bremmen
Nati Bremmenhas quotedlast year
It’s easier to like animals than people
a out of context
a out of contexthas quoted2 months ago
Because this is not how I get in shape and make new friends.

This is how I kill someone.
Ellaine Manlapaz
Ellaine Manlapazhas quoted4 months ago
“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 own womb. You see it in all animals—the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

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