I follow a writing and drama watching community on Twitter and sometimes each group recommends books or essays. Sometimes, they create polls and ask questions like, “Who likes sad books?”
This is the story of how one questions turned into four book recommendations and one post about possibly checking out……. Two vastly different books with a possible sad ending.
The Female of the Species
Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the species, is a YA that examines rape culture through alternate lens. The main character, Alex Craft knows how to kill and she doesn’t feel bad about it–as the tagline goes. Her sister Anna was killed three years ago, with her killer still free. Alex, who uses violence and has committed her own crime, trust no one.
Good reads excerpt: Not 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
Summarized thoughts from others: From what I’ve been told, McGinnis’s dives into rape culture, violence, brutality in the world (and rural towns )exploring it’s effects on family, community, and oneself. We also get a glimpse of Alex’s crimes and how they’re often justified with reasons. The book and character’s continue to navigate in the same world we live in, building relationships, fighting for justice, and combating a culture that continues to thrive in our society. The old phrase “boys will be boys” is explored and Alex seems to be the judge and punisher for all. I’d like to add that it has a 4.2 rating on Good reads
My short thoughts: It is highly recommended via the creator of the poll and I’ve seen five star ratings on Google Books and Good reads. This seems like a book I’d be interested in but I also am not willing to pick up so soon. There something off about the character, I don’t know if it’s because of the “crimes are justifiable” or something else, but there is something . Now, as a sexual consent researcher, this is a book I would love to read and I want to know how the writer examines rape culture, violence, and exploring how the other two characters, Jack and Peekay, play a role–what their role in the book and who/what they represent in society. Although, it sounds like a book that 1. With a subject matter I am interested in and 2. Has a complex lead.
Kill the boy band
In Goldy Moldavsky’s, Kill the boy band fans plan to not kidnap but “end” one of their favs or two.
Moldavsky takes us on a journey most of us know too well. Kill The Boy Band is described as: a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities. via Goodreads
Summarized thoughts from others: The author allows us to identify with characters, because “they’re just like us” and on some level, we begin to evaluate our love for celebrities and the culture. The author and the audience understand the culture and our unwavering love for our boy bands and anyone who gets in the way (even if it’s a member). Everyone whose read the book recommends it to some extent, but cautions identifying with the characters. Some felt like some aspects of the books was exaggerated, but all loved it.
My short thoughts: As someone whose loved boy bands since the age of five. Had an argument with my sister about whose better? B2K or Immature? My love of 98* and my inception into Kpop in my late teens and now in my 30s. My love of boy bands has never faltered. This is one of the many reasons I want to read this book. How our love for our favs can sometimes spiral out of control. The book and what I’ve heard about it sounds right up my alley. It’s also interesting to read from bit fans, anti’s, and artist and see how they view one another. Also, I read that the author is a Buffy The Vampire fan and used to watch novelas….that makes me like her even more.
Would Check both of them out, but I think I’d keep Female of The Species on hold for some time and add Kill A Boy Band on my holiday reading list *no rating as yet*
Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you think…also, taking recommendations for my Holiday reading list