Review: Girls with Sharp Sticks
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.
"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."
I felt equally disturbed yet equally captivated when reading Girls with Sharp Sticks. Set in a world where men want to create the perfect woman, it was well-paced and riveting, allowing you in Mena’s mind as she journey’s through the beginning of the book and what she deems as normal behavior to her rebellion and discovering that being made into the perfect woman is not a life she wants for herself or her friends.