Contemporary Conversations Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

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The S-Word

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Published Date: May 7, 2013
304 pages
Source/Edition: Bought, Paperback
Summary Provided by Goodreads:

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 took a chance on this book, none of my bookish friends have read it so I didn’t know if I’d like it or not. It was a really quick read, just a little over 300 pages. It starts off rather quickly after a couple of introductions to the new characters. There was an air of mystery to it because we’re in the dark — along with best friend Angie — about what drove Lizzie to commit suicide and who was defacing her locker with insults. It was a great book, pretty likable and fit perfectly for this week’s “hard stuff” topic for contemporary conversations. Suicide is definitely a hard topic to  go through and reading this book gave insight to effect that suicide has on family, friends, and even bullies.

I was able to guess what happened prom night and you find this out towards the end of the book. I don’t know if it was obvious or if I just knew because I read a book similar to it. I couldn’t guess who was writing on her locker, though. That one really surprised me! I didn’t see that one coming — maybe I’m not good at guessing plot twists or maybe it really was a shocker. I really liked that Pitcher delved into such heavy topics that surround the lives of teenagers today and the double standards when it comes to sex. I haven’t seen too many books on teenage suicide and it’s good to see that there’s more coming now since suicide in this age range has been more prevalent and vocal with cyber bullying going on.


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4 Responses to Contemporary Conversations Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

  1. Nara says:

    I seem to recall that I actually really disliked most of this book but found the ending quite powerful (I don’t remember exactly, but I think I didn’t see the twist coming either). It’s been a while since I’ve read the book, but I think the dialogue kind of annoyed me because it didn’t seem very realistic.

    If you’re looking for more YA books on suicide, some good ones: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, Falling into Place by Amy Zhang, My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (lol will stop here before you get flooded with recs)

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    • Yeah, I’ve read a number of reviews from people who didn’t like the book haha I guess I’m different. Thank you for all the recommendations — they’re always welcomed! I am listing all of these down! Ha!


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