Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
((Minor edit made for clarity))
Good lord this book is… wow. I finished it half an hour ago an have just completed my men calm down session because this book is INTENSE.
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.
(Blurb nabbed from Goodreads)
I’m going to make this review quick because it’s late for me, so into my major points!
I love the topics explored in this book. It was feminist, empowering, and dealt with sexism, abuse and harassment, and manipulation. The main character, although unrealistic in some ways (the plot twist reveals all!) was a very good character and so were her friends. I also want to drop a quick quote in here:
(Not a spoiler but feel free to skip over it if you want)
”Nobody needs another opinions girl. You will obey!”
He got what he had coming.
One other thing I wanted to talk about was the plot twists. (I love plot twists.) Suzanne Young should get a medal. I never saw it coming HUGE SPOILER AHEAD!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
The girls all had brains made out of computers! Wow!
Overall after this quick vague review I have to say please read this! I love it a lot and I’m pleased to announce book two is coming out on March!
I nearly forgot to mention! Two of the main characters are in a relationship… and they’re gay!
9.5/10 ( maybe even 10/10)
Also, thanks imosshelf for your review which inspired me to read this book.