The Female of the Species takes an dark look at the feminine perspective on rape culture. The story follows Alex, a teenage girl who has become an unapologetic vigilante against the kind of men who don’t take no for an answer following the death of her sister three years prior, and struggles with the dark in her as she forms genuine human connections with well-meaning peers. The writing is sharp yet blunt, and a feeling of unease permeates the melancholy atmosphere of the novel. It’s harsh, and it doesn’t shy away from the uglier parts of people, no matter which side of a conflict they’re on. With a climactic conclusion that aches with bitter realism, The Female of the Species leaves a haunting impact that stays with you long after you finish the last page.
@greencrushed of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library