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Girls with Razor Hearts

(Girls with Sharp Sticks #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  28 reviews
It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.

Make me a girl with a razor heart…

It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although
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Expected publication: March 17th 2020
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Many thanks to Lauren at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read

I don't think this really needs to be a thing? I was hoping it wouldn't become a series, but I'm willing to give it a try. I just hope it doesn't drag on like her other series.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

CW: sexism (extreme), implied sexual assault, posting pictures of assaults and stories about it online, and physical injury

This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I was not disappointed! It was a very good follow up to the first book, something that I was a little worried about. I didn't reread the first book and, surprisingly, I was able to keep up and remembered most of the important things that I
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Jul 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Edelwiess needs to calm down okay I already love it so it can wait a few days before approving my requests instead of answering in 5 minutes
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Another gem by Suzanne Young. I knew the first 75% was good from the drafts I read, but the last 25% was amazing and unexpected and just what I expect from Suzanne! Review to come.
Jen Ryland
I really liked Girls With Sharp Sticks (book one in this series) and appreciate the feminist themes of this series so I'm sad to say this second installment was a miss for me.

I felt that this GWRH suffered from a problem I used to see all the time in YA dystopian series. At the end of book one, the characters figure out how to make a harrowing escape from the repressive regime. This is good for the characters but bad for the reader because all that tension is lost. In addition, the couple in the
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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Thank you so much Simon Teen for sending me an ARC of GIRLS WITH RAZOR HEARTS to read and review!

I adored Girls With Sharp Sticks, it was the one book that I read in 2019 that I couldn’t stop talking about. So, when a copy of Girls With Razor Hearts appeared in my mailbox I had to dive into it right away. It’s been a couple of days but all I can say is: wow. Girls With Razor Hearts was a thrill ride from page one and did not let up till the
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

I was honestly surprised when I got approval for this book, but I was also excited! I liked the first book and wanted to see where the author went next. And... it's honestly really hard to describe how I feel about the book. Usually I talk through the negatives of the book first before getting into what I like, but even that's hard to shift
Sarah Stone
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Girls with Razor Hearts
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Synopsis: Mena and the girls from Innovations Academy escaped and are on the run. The outside world isn’t what it seems. The girls have one goal in mind, revenge. Their journey takes them to Stoneridge Prep where Mena and Sydney enroll as students to try and gain access to an Innovation Academy investor. But co-ed school is full of arrogant and rude boys. The girls soon learn that another Innovations girl is living in the same town. As the story
Lauren R.
Yup, just about as wild and powerful as expected, and the perfect way to kickoff my reading year. There are some elements of this that are possibly a little too on the nose and preachy but it really makes sense coming from Mena’s point of view (spoilery reasons if you haven’t read the first book). If you’re in the mood to read a book to make you hate men, put these on your radar. Suzanne Young is easily one of my favorite authors and she’s just further cementing herself with every single novel ...more
Erin Duffy
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished “Razor Hearts” and I loved it! It’s exciting for me to have a story like this to be able to share with everyone, especially teen girls. There’s so much going on in this crazy world where conversations like the one Sydney had about her thighs being distracting to boys that are actually happening! Mena continues to be one of my favorite characters in YA; the depth and emotion she shows through the whole horrible experience they are going through is way more than could have been ...more
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, read-2020, scifi, ya
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

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Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks!

Unfortunately, being out in the "real" world proves to be just as stifling, sexist, and dangerous as where they were before. Sigh.

Whether the girls are trying to find safety, confront the patriarchy and take it down, or simply trying to make sense of their existence, they still have one another. And in a world that seems determined to tear them apart, tear them down, that is a worth everything.

My favorite part of this book is learning the recent
Dawn Ferencz
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I really like what this series is trying to do in terms of addressing issues of misogyny and rape culture and helping young women assert bodily autonomy and independence. Parts of this worked better than others, but I think students will enjoy it.
Amanda B
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
3.5 stars

Nova Syzygy
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
I seem to have forgotten how to English very well, so this next bit about my thoughts on this book cover and summary will be in caveman-speak:

ooh oh wow pretty cover i want buy i need buy need book yes pretty cover razor metal thing in chest nice i buy soon
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: PTSD, sexual assault, domestic abuse

You know those books that make your blood boil? Those dystopias that get under your skin, your blood pressure soaring, and your stomach clenching? Meet Girls with Razor Hearts. While I knew that Girls with Sharp Sticks was a SF dystopia, Young brings us into the world. The world full of leering men, rampant sexism, and a culture of
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a free advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I read the first book in this series so fast after I received it. I loved the first book. And it has felt like an eternity waiting to read the next installment. However, I must admit I was a little concerned about how the second book would flow after everything that happened in the first. But that is always the question when reading a series isn’t it. Will the
Leah (Jane Speare)
Philomena and her sisters are now free from the Academy but now face the outside world. They continue to root out the heart of the Academy and its reason for existing, and are determined to shut it down for good, not only for themselves, but for the girls left behind, and that means attending an elite boarding school with ties to their creators. This book is message-heavy in the best of ways, calling out the glaring cracks in our real-world rape culture and double standards. While the first book ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the arc of this book I was given in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book. Ughhhh.

Lemme start this way: if it was possible to give half stars, I would really give it 3.5. The beginning is rough. The first book was so awesome, but I think maybe because it had what was basically one uniform setting, the moving around that was suddenly happening was awkward. Either way, the book was stiff for quite awhile and at times it felt too didactic.

Thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young.
If you haven't read book one, please do so now. I have to say that this series is one of my guilty pleasures. I find that the private school of evil and it's young ladies are having to regroup after book one. The girls escaped the corporations control, but seem to have traded it for a different type now that they are seeking freedom from it's access. I enjoy
Traci Wilmoth
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book, Girls with Sharp Sticks, and this continuation of the story did not disappoint. I like the science fiction aspect, but the novel asks some good questions and makes some good points about society's attempts to commodify women. I like the companionship and camaraderie that is developed between the girls, and how they band together to cooperate, not compete. A good story, and an even better message. Well done.
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mt-bookpile-2019
At first I thought I'd read this book before but I hadn't. So obviously getting into the world of this series wasn't difficult. That wasn't a problem but the incredibly high level of misogyny was. There was a semi-decent male, but he's not part of the action for much of the book. The males that do have "starring" roles are just about every girl's nightmare, and because these girls are not human there are no lessons that could be used by readers. Plus, the girls become misandrists, which isn't ...more
Lizzy E
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Girls With Sharp Sticks, and I am super excited for this book!! I can't wait for it to come out!!!!!! :)
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Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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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