The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Alex is the girl whose sister was murdered three years ago. Most people at her school don’t even know her name, and she’s just fine with that. After all, she’s got a dark secret she needs to keep hidden at all costs. PK is the preacher’s kid. It’s so much a part of her identity it has even become her nickname. But she’s far from perfect. A rage burns inside her that she longs to release. Jack is the perfect golden boy—great athlete, popular, and top of his class. Almost. When he’s called into the office and told that Alex is going to be valedictorian, he really sees her for the first time. As their three lives intersect, they get to each other—and themselves—in ways they never imagined.
This novel deals with grief, murder, sexual assault, and many other tough topics in a realistic and sensitive manner. All three main characters are interesting and likeable, and the plot drives forward in a way that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.
*Book listened to on Audio CD.