Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
5 out of 5 stars
“Demonstrate your value to those in attendance by showing how appealing a beautiful, obedient girl can be. Hold your tongue. Bat your eyes. Smile. Be best.”
Goodreads Description: The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.
I was sent a copy of Girls with Sharp Sticks from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is currently out now.
Wow, what a ride! I found Girls with Sharp Sticks to be such an intense and crazy read. It was so hard to put down and left me feeling all the feels! It wasn’t completely what I expected it to be, but it was such a great read. I thought it was going to be a fun and suspenseful read (which it was!!), but there was so much more meaning to it. It fits so perfectly with things happening in the world today; like society wanting girls to be perfect. It also fits with the Me Too Movement as well, which is so important.
I loved the bond the girls have with each other. They really held each other together with everything that was happening at the school and to them. There were so many twists and turns. A couple things were predictable to me, but that didn’t take away from the story at all. I still loved it so much! There were also some poems included within the story, which was great. This may end up being a pretty short review, because there are so many things that happen and I don’t want to accidentally give anything away.
Overall, I really loved Girls with Sharp Sticks. I loved all the girl power and standing up for yourself. I loved the friendships and how much the girls loved each other. I loved that it was really suspenseful and sometimes you just had no clue what was happening. It was also sad in a lot of ways. It’s such an important book, especially to empower all girls out there. I need that sequel ASAP! I highly recommend checking this one out. Lucky for you, it’s out in the world now.
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