Thursday, September 5, 2013

The S-Word- Chelsea Pritcher

Title: The S-Word
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Source: Gifted
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

Lizzie is found in bed with her best friends boyfriend on prom night. The entire school turns on Lizzie and she commits suicide. Angie starts to piece together what happened and she finds out a lot more than she ever expected.

This was a good issue book, there was a lot more going on then Angie trying to figure out why her friend committed suicide. There were a lot of things in this book that could have been handled better but I appreciated how the author put the taboo topics in the everyday lives of these teenagers and gave them a voice.

The characters were flawed and things got messy but this book handled it really well. Angie was a great and also completely frustrating character. Lizzie's story slowly unraveled itself and took some unexpected twist I never imagined. I really felt for her and I am glad we got to see the whole story even if it was after she was gone.

I really enjoyed this book as a whole, it was a fast read for me and I loved how it tackled so many issues teens are dealing with a showing some of the healthy and unhealthy ways people deal with them. I am looking forward to more from this author.

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