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Review: Mindy McGinnis's The Female of the Species is real-deal raw Add to ...

  • Title The Female of the Species
  • Author Mindy McGinnis
  • Genre youngAdult

“This is how I kill someone.” That is the first line of Edgar award-winning author Mindy McGinnis’s latest book. And it’s raw. Not “raw for YA.” Real-deal raw. And violent. And unforgettable. Alex’s sister was murdered three years ago. Now a senior in high school, Alex is all simmering, dangerous rage. Told from three different perspectives, the mystery is not just around who Alex murdered, but whether or not readers have wrongfully sympathized with a psychopathic narrator. So many novels talk about the violence that women and girls experience, but far fewer explore the white-hot violence and thoughts of violence that can live inside us. McGinnis explores both and she goes there in a way no one really has before in YA. This is Kill Bill in high school, but with more nuance, bolder choices and a true female perspective.

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