The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
"Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever."- summary from Amazon
An absolutely compelling, heartbreaking read. With every book I read by McGinnis, I become more and more of a fan of hers. This book is simply stunning and is an excellent look at what it means to be female (if it means anything at all), the blurry line between right and wrong, and so much more. The book alternates between Alex, Jack and Peekay as their lives intertwine and collide during their senior year; McGinnis does a wonderful job of really making these characters complex, relate-able and understood. One of the best books of 2016 and a novel I highly recommend everyone read.
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