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The Female of the Species Review


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.


I must warn you The Female of the Species deals with rape, some animal abuse and a few graphic scenes.

First of all can I just say that this book BLEW MY MIND! People weren’t kidding when they said that The Female of the Species is an important book to read. It’s not that I’m shocked that they were right, I’m shocked BECAUSE this book really wasn’t afraid to speak about the truth of our world and how we treat women. Honestly, because of this, The Female of the Species might just be my favorite book of 2016 because of it’s raw honesty.


What I Liked

  • Like I said above, I appreciated The Female of the Species because it was honest and very VERY real. It’s one of the realest books I have read in a while and it doesn’t sugarcoat life at all. All of the characters had their flaws, they weren’t perfect. The characters seemed like real people through their reactions, they changed as the story progressed. They acted like some high schoolers do, breaking rules and swearing. Everyone had theur insecurities and backstory that shaped them. Yeah, they were real to me.
  • The Female of the Species brings up tons of good points on how we treat woman and how genders are looked at differently. This quote is a good example…

“But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.” (202)

  • This was just one of the many quotes that really stuck with me. Isn’t it interesting? Doesn’t it make you think?
  • Another thing I loved about The Female of the Species was the writing. It held me captivated from the first word to the very last one. I was swept away with the story.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Sometimes reading The Female of the Species can be uncomfortable. *Spoilers* It deals with rape and there is a semi-graphic murder. So yeah it is uncomfortable but I pushed through anyways. *End spoiler*


  • The Female of the Species is hard to read because it deals with heavy topics. It’s not afraid to talk about these topics which made me like the book more. It’s honest, it’s true, it’s brutal and it’s hard to read.


7 thoughts on “The Female of the Species Review

  1. Thanks so much for this review! I was considering reading this book, but the rape element might turn me off altogether. I’m a survivor who is easily triggered by graphic rape scenes; is the aforementioned scene delivered with explicit detail, or is it just something that happens in passing? I just don’t want to be reduced to a sobbing heap when reading.


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    1. Yeah, I don’t think it would be a good book to read, then. The Female of the Species does deal with rape and I feel like it doesn’t hold anything back.
      I would say that by the end it gets kind of explicit when it comes to detail. I’m not sure if you want me to explain it more, but if not, I’ll just leave it at that.
      It is a really good, raw kind of book but if you can’t read about those topics then I think it’d be best not to read it.

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  2. Your reviewing format is superb, and I love how well your review explains the book! In future if I’m in the postion of getting this book, I wouldn’t hesistate!


    1. Thank you so much 😀 I’m glad you think so! It’s just an easier way to get our thoughts out there and explain we thought, and it’s organized so the reader can just find negative or positive points 🙂 Thank you so much!

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