Book Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format: eGalley
Pages: 320
Published: 7th May 2013
Publisher: Galley Books
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
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Lizzie wasn’t the first student at Verity High School to kill herself this year. But the difference is, she didn’t go quietly. First it was SLUT scribbled all over the school’s lockers. But one week after Lizzie Hart takes her own life, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s own looping scrawl. Photocopies of her diary show up in the hands of her classmates. And her best friend, Angie, is enraged. Angie had stopped talking to Lizzie on prom night, when she caught Lizzie in bed with her boyfriend. Too heartbroken to let Lizzie explain the hookup or to intervene when Lizzie gets branded Queen of the Sluts and is cruelly bullied by her classmates, Angie left her best friend to the mercy of the school, with tragic results. But with this new slur, Angie’s guilt transforms into anger that someone is still targeting Lizzie even after her death. Using clues from Lizzie’s diary and aided by the magnetic, mysterious Jesse, Angie begins relentlessly investigating who, exactly, made Lizzie feel life was no longer worth living. And while she might claim she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, her anguish over abandoning and then losing her best friend drives Angie deeper 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.
I can't remember where I first seen this book but I knew it was something I wanted to read. However, I think I cried just a little when I seen the release date. So you can imagine my excitement when Edelweiss had it for Review. And let me tell you it will be worth the wait. 

The S-Word is one of those rare books that hooked me from the blurb. I knew I was going to love it. It follows Angie, a senior in school who is trying to piece together the puzzle of her bestfriends Lizzie's suicide. Angie finds Lizzie cheating with Angie's boyfriend on prom night which sets in motion the events the eventually push Lizzie to take her own life. As Angie is trying to come to terms with this and the guilt she feels and so begins a very emotional journey that is heartbreaking. 

WOW WOW, my review will do this book no justice at all. So be warned. The S-Word is a boôk everyone needs to reads. It takes so many serious issues with bullying and we are always hearing in the news about the increase in teen suicide due to kids getting bullied, The S-Word is very relevant. 

Chelsea Pitcher, she is a genious. She has managed to take a heartbreaking story filled with mystery and teen angst but she still makes it hopeful and witty. Angie is such a refreshing character, she is seriously flawed but she is funny and determind. She will stop at nothing to find out what really made Lizzie kill herself. I loved Lizzie. We learn so much about her through her diary. She has such a unique voice, she has an innocent quality to her. But her voice is strong and really hits you. 

The S-Word I don't want to go into the plot because I don't want to spoil it. This is the type of book that just needs to be reads to understand. Chelsea takes the reader on some ride. You will laugh, you will cry (believe me you will cry) and you will be shocked as the author throws in one hell of twist that I did not see coming.

I want everyone to read this. This book needs to be given to kids in school because there is so many leasons to be learned within these pages and it could hopefully get accross just how serious bully someone is and what it does to the vicitim. So please please when this is publisher read it. Just be prepared to have your heart ripped apart.


  1. This sounds good. But been hearing mixed thoughts on it.

    1. Same here. People seem to either love or hate it.


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