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The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher Book Review-Isabele

The S-Word Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole sch
ool 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.

Hi, it's Isabele!

This was so unlike any YA book I’ve ever read, save for maybe something along the lines of V.C. Andrews or maybe even ‘Thirteen Reasons Why.’

It struck me as a major ploy of revenge as Angelina attempts to somehow ‘avenge’ Lizzie’s death, but as the storyline grows and more and more clues start to show up I realized that this was more than just a suicide story. This was a story with many leads- and not all of them were clear. 

In an albeit cruel place like Verity High, news of Lizzies’ death does little to do away the distasteful title she’s earned herself- in fact, the etchings of the word ‘slut’ have begun to reappear on her thrice-painted over locker door.
High school students are vicious- or at least at this one. 
And so her misguided and confused best friend Angelina launches into a series of investigations for no reason whatsoever. I won’t tell you why, as that would ruin the point of the novel. This, too, is also revealed at the end of the book. But towards the end of the book, it became evident that it wasn’t that Angie was unstable; no, that wasn’t it. Guilt was more like it.  As the plot becomes more sinister and more than a little dark, I found myself immersed in Angelina’s world- at some points even begging the author to hurry up and have Angelina kiss her handsome love interest. It felt like this often- I kept begging for something more, more, from the author but I just wasn’t getting it. 

This is definitely not a book for those of you who like fairy-tale, happy ending YA. This, right here, is hard-core and self-inducing. Just as the blurb promises, it does depict high school of being particularly ruthless.  

In all, I gave this a whopping ‘recommended’. Or four out of five stars. The writing flowed, I had no problem believing this girl was a high schooler, and at some points I would find myself laughing aloud to Angelina’s sarcastic humor. I guess we share that in common. 


  1. Loved your review! :)
    It sounds similar to If He Had Been with Me by: Laura Nowlin. Added it to my wishlist.

  2. So everyone seems to be posting reviews on this book. So far, 1, 3 star, 2, 2 star and 2, 4 star. I'm offically confuzzled. But I think I ought to try now, when you mentioned 13 Reasons Why, my decision was made.

    Great review, Montana! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on The S-Word <3

  3. Hmmmm. I'm not sure about this one Isabele! I love the premise and the fact that it's dark and this high school is ruthless, but I like my endings to be happy for the most part. I don't need all sunshine and roses, but I like it to end well if possible, and I'm getting the feeling this book doesn't quite end that way? I'm going to put it in my "maybe" pile when I'm feeling a little glutton for punishment:)

  4. Yeah I'm not sure either. While I like the sound of this the idea of revenge is not really appealing to me. I haven't enjoyed 13 Reasons Why just because of that. I'm glad you've enjoyed this one but I'll skip :)

  5. I don't really like revenge books at all, but I was able to at least enjoy this because I didn't categorize it as a revenge book. But it was very dark and sad. I was completely thrown by the humongous twist, and I really liked the idea and the story line after I got to the twist. It all made sense, and I thought Pitcher did a good job on her debut. Awesome review!!

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  6. Hardcore sounds like something I would like but I only do some revenge books.

  7. Girl, you got me interested :) I've looked at the cover a few times and never felt like picking it up. I haven't read something dark and sinister in a while so this one definitely up my alley. This sounds a bit like Burn to Burn (I think that's it?) though that one really disappointed me. I'll be on the lookout for this one :)

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

  8. Ohh! I just read this one and I feel somewhat the same! I didn't notice the similarities between this book and 13 Reasons Why until now, but I can definitely see how they could be compared.

    Great review!


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