Girls with Sharp Sticks

Girls with Sharp Sticks #1

Suzanne Young

fiction contemporary science fiction young adult
dark emotional tense fast-paced

400 pages | first published 2019

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.

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dark 90%
mysterious 70%
tense 70%
adventurous 50%
challenging 30%
emotional 30%
reflective 30%
sad 30%
inspiring 20%
hopeful 10%


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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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