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Girls with Razor Hearts: Girls with Sharp Sticks, Book 2

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Girls grapple with their value in exciting thriller.

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This exciting, near-future thriller effectively examines the value of young women in society. Though the plot of the story centers on five teen girls on a mission to topple an evil corporation, the real story is their discovery of frequent sexual harassment and abuse of women by rich and powerful men. At first they're shocked that no one stops these boys and men, but then they eventually see the risks and downsides of speaking out. They also learn some hard lessons about racial and gender discrimination. The girls' bond is heartwarming, and it's gratifying to see them support and help each other heal from their trauma. The story is a little slow at times. The girls talk about their mission a lot and ask many questions, but the advancement and pacing of that storyline could have been better. Still, overall, the themes of wealth, power, abuse, strong female support systems, and the systems that prop up injustice make this a compelling read.

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