Trigger Warning: this books contains sexual assault
I just finished The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis and I’m honestly gonna admit it’s now one of my favorites. The writing was absolutely awe-inspiring and often left me closing the book for a few minutes to ponder a thought presented by the main protagonist, Alex.
17-year-old Alex (my fave) suffers from a lot of mental issues after the murder and subsequent finding of her horribly mutilated and, as she discovers, sexually assaulted older sister. Her thoughts and feelings discussed throughout the book are incredibly insightful and full of a kind of child-like innocence, but coupled with the outlook of someone who knows and has seen first hand the horrors of the world most people never get to know about in their whole lives. McGinnis portrays this beautifully, so much so that I slowly fell in love with a character you learn in the first page of the book has killed someone and felt no remorse for it. Yes, it’s worse than it sounds.
The book deals HEAVILY with themes of sexual assault and rape culture, so if you’re not cool with reading 300-400 pages of that sorta thing, then I’d say this book is a no-go, but if you want to see heroic female characters fighting rape culture and objectification from their male counterparts, as well as an adorable romance and a main character whose lesbianism isn’t mentioned more than three or so times throughout the book (because she’s there for plot development not queerbaiting), I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who would like to read it!
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Julia T., EO Blogger