Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

13600711The S-Word
Chelsea Pitcher
Gallery Books May 7th 2013
Pages 304
ISBN 9781451695168
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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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.

My Thoughts
The S-Word was disappointing. Pitcher was ambitious in her debut with heavy content and the most unlikely protagonist but she fell short and the sum was poorly executed.

The poor writing, lack of editing and a weak plot created a disaster. Perhaps with fine tuning and a different approach The S-Word could have held merit, sadly this wasn’t the case.

I had difficulty with Angie, could not stand the girl at all. With Angie narrating the book it is a super quick read. With the ‘mystery’ slant, Im sure plenty of readers will fly through the pages with much intrigue.

The power of words and judgement have great impact as depicted in the book, I wish Pitcher took a broader approach on such serious subject matter and presented it in better form.

Pitcher’s intent failed for me, appreciate her effort and I wish her the best for future writings, her style just didn’t make the cut for me, shame.

2 stars



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