Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: The S-Word

Title The S-Word

Author Chelsea Pitcher

Release Date May 7, 2013

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.

The writing in The S-Word is unfocused and all over the place. There were far too many "big issues" crammed into one book.
In another book, these issues might be able to flow nicely together, but in The S-Word it felt like the author was just trying to cram them all into one book. The entire book was sloppy and poorly put together.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to recommend this book to anyone. The only reason I even finished it was because my curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to know who was responsible for the graffiti on Lizzie's locker.


1 out of 5 stars

* This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *


  1. How disappointing! It looked quite promising, but I'll skip this one!

  2. I agree. I thought there was such potential. Unfortunately, it was wasted here.


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