The S-Word, by Chelsea Pitcher

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304 pages | Published on 7th May 2013 by Gallery Books

First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

 

Book Review: 4 stars!

This book was received from Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Angie and Lizzie were best friends once upon a time, that is until Angie caught Lizzie alone in a hotel room with her boyfriend on prom night. Once the rest of the school discovered what had happened, Lizzie is quickly branded the school slut. The word ‘slut’ covers her locker and belonging so one day, feeling bullied and alone, Lizzie commits suicide. This story starts out the day after Lizzie’s funeral when more graffiti and entry’s of Lizzie’s diary begin to circulate around school. Angie struggles with the death of her best friend, the malevolence of high school students and her own guilt over what happened. Angie immediately sets out for revenge against the people who drove her friend to suicide. Angie’s mission to understand her friends final days and discover who targeted her so mercilessly leads Angie to discover dark secrets about the people around her that she was never expecting. 

After some relatively recent and highly publicized events in America I became seriously disgusted and obsessed with the idea of slut shaming. Maybe this is the reason that I did enjoy this book so much because it does confront the inequality between men and women when it comes to screwing around. Why is it that the female is instantly pinned with all the guilt? Why is she the one to be alienated and bullied while the guy receives relatively no blame? It’s totally unfair and happens way too often in today’s modern society. I hate it. I hate the word “slut” and I hate the all the judgement. I love that this book confronts the issue and points out how wrong it is. Angie investigates the events that led to prom night and the consequences of that night, she asks the hard questions like ‘why did the school label her a slut?’ and, uncovers the secret’s of Lizzie’s life and those of her bullies.

This is a very emotional and dramatic book. I really felt the anguish and guilt that plagued Angie after the death of her best friend. I loved most of the characters, like Jesse and Kennedy, and absolutely loathed Drew (just like I’m supposed to). While at times this book was slightly predictable, there were a few plot twists that I was most certainly not expecting (but that just might be me) and I found that to be super exciting because I find a lot of books to be a tad predictable these days. 

beautiful-girl-grave-nirrimi-photography-pretty-Favim.com-101020Of course this book isn’t perfect, but not many are. At times I found the main character to be way too melodramatic for my taste.  The writing could also definitely be improved upon, there were some awkward and forced moments throughout the book that really bothered me. And while I appreciate that the author is trying to get across a lot of important social issues about bullying, gender inequality, and slut shaming, I also don’t think it needed to be so obviously pointed out. The messages could have been written into the story in a very clear but much more subtly way which would have made it sound slightly less preachery.  But other than that I found myself really immersed in this story.

This book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews but I really did enjoy it and would definitely recommend you give it a go!!

 

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3 thoughts on “The S-Word, by Chelsea Pitcher

  1. These kind of books aren’t my thing normally… but I think I might check it out… it irritates me too about the inequality of such things… I mean yeah it’s wrong of her to sleep with her best friends boyfriend… but unless she drugged him or something then he has equal blame too… but the guy never does get any grief… no he’s a pimp for reeling in the girls… I mean I think personally people should try and keep it in their pants a bit more than they seem too… but either both should get blame or both should just get left alone… in the end, though, it’s really their own business…

  2. We have an anti-bullying day campaign centred around the entire concept of “slut shaming” after a local girl took her own life. This book reminds me of some of the things that happened to her – only she never really had anyone looking out for her before or after her death.

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