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August 18, 2014

A Shot of YA: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Series: Stand-alone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
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 am loving how YA contemporary is ramping up its game tackling socially relevant issues and not just limiting to the ebbs and tides of romance. High School in particular is/was a significant phase for a lot of people and I think you can all agree with me that it's more than prom, dating or school. Well Chelsea Pitcher may not have written what it's exactly like for teens but she did raise a lot of thinking points in her debut novel, THE S-WORD. Let me ramble a bit.

  • Bullying, suicide, homophobia, labels, these are the predominant issues tackled here. Lizzie Hart's story might be fictional but I'm sure a lot of people, young and old, can relate to her pain and suffering when she was labeled a slut after she allegedly cheated with her BFF's boyfriend on prom night. 

  • THE S-WORD vaguely reminds me of Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why because of it's suicide theme and Lizzie herself. 

  • I was caught up in Angelina's investigation on who started the (Suicide) Slut campaign. I was itching to know who the heartless perp is. When the guilty party's identity was revealed, I was shocked, angry and didn't buy the reason. I think CPitcher is aiming for poetic justice but I didn't get that vibe. 

  • THE S-WORD is so tragic and heartbreaking! I was so mad when all the pieces are finally laid out. I think this is one of the saddest stories I've ever read. Lizzie's secret is filled with love and longing and to me she died in vain.

  • So many secrets! Made me admire Lizzie for her ability to carry all of those for a long time without breaking from its weight. 

  • Angie's valiant attempt for justice infuriated me. "Better late than never" doesn't apply here, she could've done so much, fought with Lizzie, pulled her hair, ANYTHING that would open dialogue while she was still alive instead of ignoring her completely. 

  • The secondary characters are great.

Lizzie Hart had my heart. I loved how THE S-WORD was told and its message, suicide among teens due to bullying is a serious issue. Nobody has the right to antagonize someone to the point where their lives are ruined and they can't look at themselves in the mirror. On the same note, we should also value our voices more and the power it has not just on others but on ourselves too. THE S-WORD is an amazing read, it's a gateway to a lot of pertinent discussions and something a lot of people can benefit from.










33 comments:

  1. Tragic and heartbreaking are right up my aisle, so I will have to take another look at this one.

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    1. I'm surprised you haven't read this?!

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  2. Wow! From your review I gather that this book tackles quite a few difficult issues that teens face, and actually delivers a couple of important messages too. My nephew is actually struggling with a lot of what this author addresses, so I'm thinking that The S-Word might be a good recommendation for him. Thank you!

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    1. Yes! I hope he likes it, I hope you can encourage him to read this.

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  3. It has been a while since I read YA that was not fantasy or paranormal

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    1. I feel you! I need a few contemporary to break the theme

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  4. I think I may have this one... If so, I will give it a try.

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  5. Sounds really frustrating at times but riveting.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Perfect! Why didn't I think of that?!

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  6. I just found your blog via A Flurry of Ponderings! I haven't heard of this book and I haven't read a lot of contemporary YA, but I can see how this would be a relevant read with all of the current issues in the teen world. Thanks for sharing!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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    1. You're welcome and I'm glad you found me, I hope I see more of you here :)

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  7. I had no idea this tackled so many issues. Glad it handled them all well and you loved it!

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    1. I love affecting books like this, this is the kind of drama that speaks to me :)

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  8. Glad to see YA taking on serious social issues. Awesome review!

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  9. You know what bothered me about this book was how the heroine after everything she went through turned into a bully herself. Not exactly a positive message. Still this was an eye opening read. I much preferred though The Truth About Alice. Try that one.

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    1. So true! I didn't really care much for her, I just want Lizzie!

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  10. Sounds like a good read, adding it to my TBR. More YA should tackle these kinds of issues instead of which boy should I date with tons of drama thrown in.

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    1. So true! Teen romance is so frustrating! LOL

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    1. Yeah its a good dean to break the monotony & its not romance driven

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  12. Thank you Braine, I think I can really sink my teeth into this one, once in a while I like to read stories that tackle real issues, I feel like I can always learn something to help my 12yr old deal with stuff that I didn't have to deal with when I grew up.

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    1. So true! Times are so different now, so many levels of bullying and with the social media, kids aren't as open as they were. I hope you find some value in this one for your kiddo

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  13. Ugh, I don't know. I think this would devastate me. I hate bullying books. They make me so sad and angry.

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    1. True! It does get under our skin right? I love its social relevance though, surely there are other alternatives than killing one's self!

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  14. This sounds fantastic, Braine, and very socially relevant. I think I may have this one but if not, I'm going to pick it up. Not only for myself but for my teens, too. When I read 13 Reasons Why, I felt it should be required reading for high school. Great review, lady!

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    1. Yup, this is a great bonding book. I always ask my kid if he gets bullied, thank god he's not but my heart goes out to those who are. I can only imagine the daily pain and dread they go to.

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  15. I was in once you said that it reminded you of 13 Reasons Why, LOL. I adored that book to death, and I have a feeling that I will think the same with this one! I've seen this book all over the place, and there's all positive reviews! Concept of bullying? Tragic? Heartbreak? I'm in, Braine! Thank you for your awesome review!

    Michelle @ Happy Indulgence!

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    1. There are similarities but 13RW was told in a more lighthearted manner, this had a looming feel to it because of the mystery. I think its the suicide theme that makes me compare them.

      Thanks, Michelle!

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  16. Thank you for sharing, yet another book to be added to the never ending wishlist. It sounds like its a very important book for many of us to read.

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