The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I so so loved the 3 main characters as they are nearing the end of high school in a small stifling town offering no prospects- 4.0 student Alex Craft is really the focal point - her sister was viciously murdered and it changed Alex- Alex is the quiet girl who rights wrongs but uses violence. As she works in a shelter with Claire AKA Peekay (Preacher's kid), both girls learn the true meaning of friendship and trust with each other and it changes their life. Also involved is Jack Fisher who helped look for Alex's sister the night she was found. Popular, athletic, smart Jack Fisher hasn't been able to stop thinking of Alex that night when Anna was discovered. Fate has jumped in and Jack wants to know Alex in every possible way. These 3 teens will explore the hazards of senior year and along the way find love, belonging, and the protection of friends. I so did not like the end !!! But Mindy McGinnis wrote a can't put it down book about the fierceness of girls (the positives & negatives) the sex obsessed, drinking guys and the compulsion of one lone girl to turn from violent retribution to living life that showed "other paths and other people." I will not soon forget Alex Craft and the two friends who mean so much to her - Jack and Claire. A must read!
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