Book Reviews - Stacia

Girls with Sharp Sticks (ARC) (spoilers)

A poem inspired by Girls with Sharp Sticks

Girls with sharp sticks / They scratch and they hit / They scream and pull hair and throw magnificent fits. / Girls with sharp sticks are in control / They give out punishment to those in in the role / Of ruler, of teacher, of man; over men / They’ll scream and hit and bite again and again. / These girls with their sticks, with their Beautiful curves and soft swaying hips / Appear sweet on the outside / And bite under the rind. / Girls with sharp sticks are nasty women / They’ve been hurt and promised / “Never again” / Girl with sharp sticks have found their voices / And now they’re awake / And no one. No man no woman boy or girl /Will ever take away their choices.


I recently received an ARC of Girls with Sharp Sticks from my bookstagram pal Lish McBride and I had a chance to read it before its release, so I’m going to talk about it. Sass and trash will follow and I’ll leave a spoiler-free opinion in the bottom, as always.

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Sass:

Everything. Valentine. Philomena. Everything.

Okay, but actually, this book is about a group of girls who have finally found their power and aren’t letting anyone take it away again. There’s a good mystery underneath it all and that, my friends, it what will keep you coming back for more pages.

Trash:

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. Honestly…it’s amazing. All around.

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Overall:

Girls is the forthcoming novel by Suzanne Young, author known for her The Program series. It’s set to release March 19th (so just a few days!) and in my opinion, this book should be in everyone’s cart and on everyone’s TBR. This book is a look at the way our society is quick to blame the victim without looking at the person who is responsible for the crime: the perpetrator. The author note at the back of this ARC made me tear up a bit.

TW: murder, graphic fight scenes, lobotomy, sl*t shaming, victim shaming, and creepy people looking at people in creepy ways. I hesitate to say “sexual assault” because I don’t want to just throw out a word in a situation where it may not apply.

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12 thoughts on “Girls with Sharp Sticks (ARC) (spoilers)”

  1. I recently just reviewed this. And it really surprised me. My favorite aspect of this was the female friendship which I think we need to see more of in YA. And the creepy, thrilling aspect had me hooked! It was pretty good for start in a series. Hopefully there is more to come in the future books! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!

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    1. I loooved the friendship in this too! Although Mena has the chance to leave alone, she risks it all to take her girls with her.
      I can’t wait to see where the series goes, either. This is definitely a powerful opener to (what I hope) will be a good series.

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