BIRWTR: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the SpeciesBook: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Published: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 352


Synopsis: Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

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, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Why I Really want to Read this Book: This book sounds perfect for me. If you didn't know, I have a tendency to gravitate toward people who might be considered insane. This book sounds brutal and heart  breaking, and I'm so excited. Do you want to read this book? Let me know in the comments! :)  


  1. No... I'm not a great fan of anti-heroes when they are really nasty. I liked the Warden in Daniel Polansky's Low Town series but that was because he was both funny and increasingly vulnerable as he was getting older - and under all that hard-edged exterior, looking out for the weakest in a grim society. Hope when you finally get to read this one you enjoy it:).


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