Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

May 17, 2019 Book review 4 ★★★½

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young was a book that I couldn’t wait to read. Even though I binged on all the young adult books about 5 years ago, I rarely read them anymore. I just overdosed on them, and after a while I thought they all felt very samey. But I love Suzanne Young’s writing so always make an exception for her novels.

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne YoungGirls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1) by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse on March 19, 2019
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

AUDIOBOOK cliffhanger! dystopian Young Adult

My thoughts on Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young writes books with substance, and this one is no different. I love books that challenge the patriarchy, and this thought-proving plot does just that with flair and hope. She tackles big topics and challenges you to examine your own ideas and values around these issues.

I feel like it’s a great conversation starter about women’s rights, the value of female friendship, body shaming and so much more. The characters are taught that as they are girls, they need to be submissive to men. And watching their growth as they began to question made me want to stand and cheer.

The pace is undeniably slow, but it’s tiptoeing to a inevitable conclusion, so it’s worth being patient and letting it all unfold for you. I was a little surprised by the abrupt ending, but then remembered it’s ya, so of course there has to be a cliffhanger. I’m looking forward to book 2, to see what happens next for the characters.

And can we take a moment for that lovely cover, it’s fab. Especially after you read the book and get just how meaningful it is. Also I listened to the audiobook, and thought the narrator was really good.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars

Who should read Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Highly recommended if you like boarding school settings, dystopia and girl power. Fans of Suzanne’s previous books such as The Program should also enjoy.


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4 Responses to “Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young”

  1. Cynthia

    I love the uncovering of dark secrets aspect. You have me very curious about this book. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Susan

    We are losing our rights one by one- so any book that kick starts a conversation about it and talks about it I’m all for. Thank you for your review. Sounds like a very timely and important book.

    • trish

      Exactly! And I love books that spur discussion, especially among younger readers (but important at any age).

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