Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

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Hardcover, Pages: 400

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Contemporary

Language: English

Reads: 161

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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.

Reader Reviews
  •    JoJojar Guffons
    2020
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Suzanne Young for sending me a finished copy of this book.

    I was obviously mistakenly put on a list of cool people to receive this book but I'm not mad.

    I'm super excited to read this!!!
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  •    Grorg Midies
    2020
    i>Many thanks to Lauren at Simon & Schuster Children's Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
    Girls with kind RAZOR hearts.
    Open your eyes, my father said.
    That day I was born.
    You will be sweet, he promised THREATENED.
    You will be beautiful
    You will obey FIGHT BACK.
    And then he I told me MYSELF
    Above all
    You will have a kind RAZOR heart.
    For that, they will love FEAR you.
    They will protect REVERE you
    They will keep RUN FROM you.
    Because you belong to them NO ONE.
    So be a girl to make them proud AFRAID.

    This book is The Handmaid’s Tale in an evil version of Hogwarts. I expected so much from this book and it delivered even more!

    So, what’s this book about?
    Girls With Sharp Sticks is set in a dystopian world where a group of girls goes to a prestigious boarding school, Innovations Academy, where they are taught to be quiet and respectful. Philomena, the main character, starts to have an awakening of sorts. She starts to realize that she doesn’t like being forced into silence and obeying everything a man tells her. She starts to question everything she’s ever known and begins to investigate the shady sh*t that’s going down at the academy.

    Philomena - Philomena, or Mena for short, is the main character. She is very calm, cool and collected. Or so it seems. The more that Mena started to question the staff at Innovations Academy, the more I liked her and found myself rooting for her. Her character arc reminded me of my own development. At first, when I was a smol little child, I was very shy and obedient. Now, I’m still shy but I swear. Wait, is that an improvement? I don’t know. My point is I loved seeing Mena bloom into a strong and determined young woman who was willing to do whatever it took to find the truth.

    Another thing Girls With Sharp Sticks talks about a lot is the bond between the girls. Each girl cares for the others. Now, I love the theme of friendship but I wish it had been delved into more thoroughly. We never get a backstory or explanation on how or why these girls are friends, which made things feel a bit unnatural. That said, I did enjoy seeing the sisterly love that is often shared between good friends. And like a hive of bees, when one was threatened, all of them were. For example, when one of the professors would yell at a girl, the other girls were quick to defend.

    On the note of the professors, I was surprised by the fact that an all female school was run by only men. I know that’s the point of the book but sheesh… it made me uncomfortable. Staff aside, the school itself was just f**ked up. The stuff they were teaching the girls alone was crazy. I mean there was so much wrong with Innovations Academy. The staff, the rooms, the schedule, and the restrictions and rules. I suppose it can be explained by the fact that this is a dystopia but there is something that has always bothered me with dystopias. How do they happen? Like, how does our world get to such an awful place? I can understand nuclear disasters, aliens and the like. But worlds like this one where girls are treated this way. Wouldn’t someone have the courage to speak up? But I digress.

    One thing I noticed was on Goodreads this book is marked as Contemporary and Dystopia. What? That doesn’t make sense. Or so I thought. It’s weird but this both feels like a contemporary romance and like a science fiction dystopia. And also a mystery. Even though I did see the “twist” coming, I still enjoyed the clues, twists, and turns.

    Finally, my favorite part of this book was defiance and uprising. As the girls begin to push back against their captors, I could feel the defiance and power bubbling in my stomach. There is something so inspiring seeing people fight against evil and wrongdoing.

    Overall, if you like to read books that will make you gasp, cry while empowering and encouraging you at the same time, Girls With Sharp Sticks is for you.

    Bottom Line:
    5 Stars
    Age Rating [ PG-13 ]
    TW: Sexual Assault, Body Horror
    Cover: 5/5 ~ Characters: 5/5 ~ Plot: 5/5 ~ Audio: ⅘
    Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia
    Publication Date: March 19th, 2019
    Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
    Standalone: No
    Series: Girls With Sharp Sticks #1
    Best Format: Hardcover/Paperback

    Girls with Sharp Sticks (#1) - ★★★★★
    Girls with Razor Hearts (#2) - ★★★★☆

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