Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

by Suzanne Young

“Enough plot twists to give a reader whiplash.” —Cosmopolitan

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes the start of a thrilling, subversive new series about a girls-only boarding school with a terrifying secret and the friends who will stop at nothing to protect each other.

Some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardian, they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them better. Obedient girls, free from arrogance or defiance. Free from troublesome opinions or individual interests.

But the girls’ carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.

Bringing the trademark plot twists and high-octane drama that made The Program a bestselling and award-winning series, Suzanne Young launches a new series that confronts some of today’s most pressing ethical questions.

Reviewed by stressedrach on

4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by Suzanne Young but it definitely won’t be the last, this book captured me more than I thought it would. It intrigued me but also horrified me in parts too.

The all –girls boarding school is like a teen version of Stepford Wives, where girls are taught how to be the ‘perfect woman’, they are told what to wear, what to think, how to act and to obey their man. Mena notices things aren’t quite right with this set up and vows to stop it happening, her and her friends bring girl power to the table.

“Some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns” – Ain’t that the truth!

It was well written, a bit slow to start with but soon warmed up, good character development, I could not put it down and it is worrying that this kind of thing could happen. Bring on book 2 in the series.

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