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.
I met Chelsea before I had gotten around to reading 'The S-Word' simply because my to-read stack is massive. I actually signed up to be a part of this blog tour because I am excited that she is a local Portland author. I wanted to make sure we featured her book on our blog! So this weekend I went downtown to enjoy the beautiful weather and ended up reading her book in a couple of hours. Once I started this book sucked me in. I didn't want to get up to go to the bathroom or move from where I was. I definitely recommend reading this book outside when it's sunny! (See below photo) I think it adds to the overall enjoyment of the book ;)
You can see 'The S-Word' here as I take a photo of my view from where I was laying
The storyline follows Angie as she tries to piece together what happened to her friend. Not only did I get angry along with Angie, but her deviousness surprised me at many different points throughout the story. Also, I would totally date the guy that she ends up liking. No spoilers here folks! I'm not sure I'd do everything the way Angie did but it was interesting to see her perspective on the choices she made. I was intrigued by Lizzie and the secrets that came out along the way as well. There is a lot packed into this book. Over all I want to read this book again. I can't wait for it to be released in hardcover so I can own a copy!
My Favorite Quote from the book was late in the story:
'That's the thing. That's why I think we're good for each other. You can help me stand up for myself and I can help you choose love over hate.'
Release date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Amazon - Book Depository - Powell's
About the Author
Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.