The Female of the Species

Mindy McGinnis. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-232089-6
Three high school seniors come together in McGinnis’s harrowing rumination on the nature of violence and the power of friendship in a small town. Three years ago, Alex Craft’s older sister, Anna, was raped and murdered, but there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the killer. Someone took matters into his or her own hands and killed the perpetrator, and McGinnis (A Madness So Discreet) doesn’t make it hard to guess who. Once a girl on the periphery, Alex attracts the attention of jock Jack Fisher, who’s more than just a guy who can put a ball through a net. Despite differing personalities, Alex and Peekay—shorthand for preacher’s kid, though her real name is Claire—bond while volunteering at the local animal shelter, with Peekay in awe of Alex’s stoicism. 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. Ages 14–up. Agent: Adriann Ranta, Foundry Literary + Media. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2016
Release date: 09/20/2016
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-06-232091-9
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