Narrator: Amanda Dolan, Justis Bolding, Dan Bittner
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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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.
The Female Of The Species was my pick for book of the month for the Rainbow Book Club. I had seen this book all over Twitter and had heard nothing but good things about it. I have to admit that after actually reading the synopsis, I wasn’t entirely sure how much I would actually like this.
I listened to the audiobook for about 75% of the book because my copy expired from the library. I have to say that Jack was my favorite narrator. To me, Peekay and Alex sounded the same and at times I wasn’t sure whose point of view I was listening to.
I would have to recommend that you read this book instead of listening to it. I felt like I personally missed the emotional punch of the story because I was listening to it not actually reading it.
The story is told in three points of view. Peekay (Preacher’s Daughter) or Claire, Alex and Jack.
I felt like there were no likeable characters in this book.
Alex was a character that I kind of liked because she had more layers to her but I also felt like I didn’t get to know enough about her to actually care about her. Did I understand her actions? Yes. Could I justify them? Maybe.
Jack was an asshole but he knew he was an asshole. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, I mean he knew what he was doing was wrong but still did it. So I kind of didn’t like him but I kind of liked him. I had very mixed feelings about him.
Claire wasn’t the cookie cutter goodie two shoes preacher’s daughter and I actually liked that. She was flawed and I think that made her feel real compared to Jack and Alex. She was really great friend to Alex when Alex needed it.
The story was dark and at times depressing. And at times there were simple sentences that stuck out to me. But it was also odd.
The book centers on rape and murder. Two crimes that are very serious and sometimes go unpunished unless you’re Alex.
After finishing the book I wasn’t sure if Alex was a villain, an anti-hero or even a hero? I don’t know. I still don’t know what she was.
This book left me so conflicted that I am even considering not rating it at all because I feel like there is no real rating for it. Was it a good book? Yes it was in a way but in a way it also wasn’t. I expected more. I wanted more. I needed more.
Overall thoughts on The Female Of The Species
I’m not sure if I loved this book or that I hated it. I’m just so conflicted but maybe that was the author’s intention?