Happy book birthday to THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES.
We love the latest novel from Edgar Award–winner and Anthony Award-nominated author Mindy McGinnis, which introduces us to Alex Craft.
Alex 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.
In USA Today, Walk on Earth a Stranger author Rae Carson called Alex “a dark, complicated heroine I’ll never forget.”
Check out Mindy’s interview on YA Books Central, and catch her soon at BookCon at NYCC, Miami Book Fair, and Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE.
More praise—and four starred reviews!—for this brilliant feminist revenge fantasy:
Whether a catcall, an unwelcome touch, or more, sexual aggression towards females happens daily; McGinnis explores how one teen uses violence for justice in this gripping story that should be read and discussed by teens, as well as those who work with them.”—Booklist (Starred Review)
McGinnis gracefully avoids the pitfalls of creating a teenage vigilante, instead maintaining a sense of piercing realism. Alex is a pained girl in dangerous free fall, whose fierce independence is challenged by newfound friendships, even love, though neither may be enough to stave off the inevitable.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
All three teens are haunted by the memory of Anna’s murder, and Alex’s inclination to both considering and exacting revenge with cruel efficiency leads them all inexorably to an explosive, terrible finale. An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
[A]n astoundingly dark but beautifully written tragedy, brimming with sexual assault, violent murders, and accounts of animal abuse…but also tempered with glimpses of genuine human emotion and extremely touching displays of kindness that cross social barriers and species. Highly recommended for collections serving teenagers.”—School Library Journal (Starred Review)
The ending of this dark novel leaves much to be unpacked, and it would certainly spark heated discussion in a book club or classroom.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Just finished THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by @MindyMcGinnis with tears in my eyes and fist raised. Highly recommended.”—@LBardugo, New York Times Bestselling author of Six of Crows