i>Many thanks to Lauren at Simon & Schuster Children's Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
kind RAZOR hearts.
Open your eyes, my father said.
That day I was born.
You will be sweet, he
You will be beautiful
obey FIGHT BACK.
he I told me MYSELF
You will have a
kind RAZOR heart.
For that, they will
love FEAR you.
protect REVERE you
keep RUN FROM you.
Because you belong to
them NO ONE.
So be a girl to make them
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, 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.
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)
Series: Girls With Sharp Sticks #1
Best Format: Hardcover/Paperback
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