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Girls with Sharp Sticks

(Girls with Sharp Sticks #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,940 ratings  ·  534 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Holly  B
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new Dystopian, Sci-fi thriller series from Suzanne Young

I'm a sucker for any setting featuring a private boarding school or academy. This story is set in an elite all-girls school called, " Innovations Academy" .  There is much more going on than meets the eye. Report cards measure beauty, compliance, poise, decorum and an attitude of obedience. You get the picture.

Every student is beautiful and has a "sponsor", the professors are creepy and the head of staff is called " the guardian " and is
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Life at Innovations Academy seems great to Mena and the other girls: the men might be controlling and expect very high standards from each of the young women, but that's normal, isn't it? And if one of the girls were to step out of line, a punishment would be expected, because that's just how life is for 'exemplary' girls like Mena.

Boarding school setting, men being trash, and girls loving and supporting other girls: if you didn't already guess, I was super here for this one as soon as I hear
Nov 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm dying to read this book
This is my dying face 😩
Now you know
Nilufer Ozmekik
5 disturbing, breathtaking, irritating stars!
This book is definitely a combination of Ira Levin’s Stepford Wives and Michael Crichton’s Westworld. It’s an inspirational example of dystopian thriller! I held my breath, bite my nails, cursed the characters but I couldn’t put it down as if my eyes and hands were glued to the book. It was so exciting, exhausting and definitely nerve-recking experience but interestingly I enjoyed it so much!
Especially the last twist was memorable! You may foresee,
4.5 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."

Just imagine for a minute if.... the dark and sadistic world of West World....

AND Handmaid's Tale....

HAD A BABY..... it would be something like- Girls With Sharp Sticks!!

In Girls With Sharp Sticks, we are thrown into a world that seems to be on the edge of a New Wave of Dystopia. While the normal world still goes on outside
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young is the first book of a new young adult science fiction fantasy series by the same name. Really this first book of the series is a bit o of genre stew as it has a bit of dystopian vibe, a bit of romance and can also be quite thrilling as the story unfolded.

Philomena “Mena” is one of the girls attending Innovations Academy, an elite and somewhat secretive boarding school where girls are graded more on looks and manners than academics. When out on a field tr
May 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
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!!!
May 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
let’s be real I’m only in this for that cover
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arc-s
"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."

Let me start off by saying that that title and that cover had me dying. I HAD to read this. I needed it. So receiving the arc made my whole day and I started reading this immediately... but then it took me more than a month to read. Because as much as I loved the idea, I feel like the execution wasn't as amazing as it could have been in som
Karima chermiti

Only beautiful things have value

And I was right; Goodreads spoiled the entire book for me. I don’t really how to feel about that and what to do. Saying that girls with sharp sticks was like Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale was like saying this is a book about (view spoiler) and that’s exactly what the book was about. You know it’s not that hard to put one and one together and to get two as a result

For the first time ever, I went in the
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

I always adore Suzanne Young's writing because her books are imaginative, dark, and always completely unique.

When I saw Girls With Sharp Sticks I knew that I needed it and most of all, I knew that I was in for quite the treat and quite the ride.

Girls With Sharp Sticks is like the school for Stepford Wives. Where they are grown and cultivated and...well brainwashed. It was horrifyingly fascinating and I couldn't get enough of it with, after each chapter, things started to get clearer
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
An elite private school prepares young ladies for their future lives as Stepford Wives. You can pretty much guess the rest.

I would have liked a bit more depth, but having said that, this pretty much served exactly what I expected and what I wanted at the moment ie. a quick and entertaining enough read that didn't ask much of me.

I did like the ending. I feel like there is the potential for a very good story should Young choose to keep going. This is the only book by her that I've read, though, s
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this is going to be more of a warning than a review but I’m hoping it will give you a different reading experience than the one I had. The book itself is amazing and I cannot wait for the sequel. However, I’d seen marketing that compared this book to very well known TV series, a movie and a book, and armed with those names I was easily able to predict the most important spoilers in this book before I began reading. So, my warning is this:

Stay well away from marketing, reviews that may
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: found-family, scifi, kfa, ya
But when they couldn't control women
The men found a group they didn't disdain -
At least not yet.
Their daughters, pretty little girls
A picture of femininity for them to mold
To train
To control
To make precious and obedient.

She would make a good wife someday, he thought
Not like the useless one he had already.

The little girls attended school
Where the rules had changed.
The girls were taught untruths,
Ignorance the only subject.

When math was pushed aside for myth
The little girls adapted.
They gathered
4.5 stars

Girls With Sharp Sticks was so hard to put down! I finished it within two days, because I had to know what happened next. The book has everything I could possibly want - a boarding school that hides MaNy EvIl SeKrItS, strong female friendships, and a group of angry women to bring down the patriarchy.

I'm finding it hard to put down my thoughts into words, because reading it was so uncomfortable but also so good? You should be aware of content warnings such as sexual harassment and emotio
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Since coming across The Program in 2013 I have been a fan of Suzanne Young and her books. There is something about the way she tells a story that sucked me in from the get go. I swear every time I need a new book by her I don't think she can write any better than she has and yet she constantly proves me wrong. Bu
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars.

Holy crap!

That's pretty much how I felt when reading and completing Girls With Sharp Sticks. The title alone is what sold me to buy it as well as the premise. This is definitely a top contender for my favorite reads of 2019.

CW: Assault (various kind), violence, grooming, misogyny.

Girls With Sharp Sticks takes place in a finishing school, Innovations Academy, where our main protagonist, Mena, and her friends are taught to be perfect, obedient girls. They have to look perfect, be submissi
"The girls were taught untruths,
Ignorance the only subject.
When math was pushed aside for myth
The little girls adapted.
They gathered sticks to count them
learning their own math.
And then they sharpened their sticks.
It was these same little girls
Who came home one day
And pushed their daddies down the stairs."

This was such a delightful and creepy read. I will admit, it took me some time to get into the story because the beginning is really slow, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading.

I always f
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. this was a fun one!!!

Let's just start off by admiring that awesome cover! My goodness.... I hit that request button a little bit based off that. This was such an addicting, creepy, and engrossing read!

This book was nothing that I expected in all honesty but in a GREAT way. This book deserves a raw 5 stars alone for the creativity! I am very impressed with Suzanne's style and am eager to read the sequel to this book!

Girls with Sharp Sticks is an experience that you don't want to miss. It'
Adah Udechukwu
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Girls with Sharp Sticks was an exhaustive and weird novel. I was immediately bored after the first 5 chapters and the 25 chapters after that didn't change things at all.
I never really got into the novel. The novel was off from start to finish. The novel was not compelling and there was no desire to continually read on.
The novel was bland

Many thanks to Lauren @ 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
Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
Let me tell you about this book. Honestly, I wanted to scream as each chapter ended. Creepy. Cruel. Scary. This book sets itself from the rest of the dystopian genre because I can see these academies popping across the country and world, thanks to misogyny and idiocy blending with male hysteria towards smart girls and women.

Here's a little background: Mena (short for Philomena) attends an exclusive all-girls boarding school, where they learn how to be a proper woman. Yes. You read that correctly
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve always been a fan of Suzanne’s and I was eager to see what she had going on here...especially after that cover.

I liked Mena well enough. Her inner monologue was extremely bland and I struggled to get invested in this story. I did like the loyalty and absolute trust the girls had among themselves.

Plot wise, it’s quite a slow start. There isn’t really a set up to anything, so at first it felt like I was dropped into the middle of something I should have known about. I was about to quit when
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read with Rachel for Friends with ARCs!

4.5 stars. That was a really intense one sitting read! I couldn’t stop reading it once I’d started, even as I kept finding the story even more twisted and creepy than I expected it to be. It’s well done and I’m glad I finally read my first Suzanne Young book.
You can find my full review on my WordPress blog: kierasbookishthoughts

***There are spoilers throughout this review***

5 stars

We may have found a new favorite???

This book is absolutely genius, I’m not usually drawn to sci-fi but I feel like Girls with Sharp Sticks was something totally different. I still don’t even know what to do with myself.

Everything about this book = perfection.

Writing is so well paced. I love the plot and the chapters aren’t too long *hooray*So many cliffhangers! There were
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster: Simon Pulse, for an honest review.


Girls with Sharp Sticks is a YA Fiction with a message that is most certainly, non-fiction.

You’re not leaving here without a few stab wounds to your heart and soul, so get those bandages ready.

Innovations Academy breeds obedient, beautiful girls. They are taught to set a table in Modern Manners, how to speak and act formally in Social Graces Etiquette, to keep their figures in
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

From the moment I picked up Girls with Sharp Sticks, I found myself drawn in by its spell and mysteries. Right away we’re thrust into a setting of what is ostensibly a school, except I was seriously weirded out by the major Stepford Wives vibes and surreal attitudes of its students. The young women in this all-girl elite boarding school are all beautiful, poised and well-behaved—unnaturally, painfully so. Their bizarre cur
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

It is not secret that I am a huge Suzanne Young fan. She won me over with her The Program series and she has be a to-go to author ever since. When I first heard of Girls with Sharp Sticks I was immediately intrigued. I've seen Girls with Sharp Sticks compared to The Handmaid's Tale which is another amazing feminist and dystopian book that I loved. Girls with Sharp Sticks has an important message for those who are reading: girls are not going
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
One thing I can say for sure: I couldn't put this book down. I stayed up most of the night and woke up very early to finish this.
The idea of the book is amazing, but very disturbing. There were just enough clues for the reader to understand what was happening, but I admit that I missed them.
This was a semi-thriller who captivates you. Don't be influenced by my rating, though. The reason for it might be a general neutral feeling of the book or the fact that I couldn't relate that much to any of
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woah. I loved this one. It was so edgy, so wtf is going on in this school, how are the girls corrected and taught, and so aware of women rights! Amazing lecture. Does anybody know when the 2nd one is comig out?

Vid review here on July, 3rd, 2019
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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at

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