ARC Review: The S-word by Chelsea Pitcher

Posted April 28, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

ARC Review: The S-word by Chelsea Pitcher

The S-word

by Chelsea Pitcher
Pages: 304
Published on May 7th 2013
by Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Last Changeling

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.

5 Stars

First, I must say that I won’t be talking about the characters very much because I can’t do that without spoilers and since this is an ARC copy, I won’t spoil anything. So if you want to talk or rant or fangirl about this book and it’s characters, please send me a message! I need someone to talk with about this book, lol.

The S-word is the brilliantly written debut of Chelsea Pitcher and I can’t help but ask… Where in God’s name have you been hiding all this time Chelsea? Why did you keep your talent from us for so long? It should be punished… But this book is great, so you are forgiven.

Yes, this is a great book. More then that. It’s a must-read and one of my new favorites of this year. (Maybe even of all time.) The writing is great and I was hooked to the story from the first sentence. I could not stop reading. I just had to know how it ended. Like I said, I can’t talk about it much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I have to say that it did not end the way I thought it would. There are twists and turns I did not see coming. Nothing is what it seems, that’s all I can say.

I wanted to talk about bullying because it’s a big theme in this novel, but I won’t. It’s bad and mean and low. I hate bullies. That’s all.

This book is captivating, full of drama and even romance and suspence. Brilliantly written, like I already said and Chelsea, you’ve got a new fan. I can’t wait to read more from you in the future.

autograph bieke


About Chelsea Pitcher

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. Her young adult debut The S-Word was published by Simon and Schuster. Her Faerie Revolutions duology is published by Flux.

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