Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: The S- Word by Chelsea Pitcher

  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Source: ebook provided by the publisher via Netgalley for 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

Going into this, I was expecting an emotional, dark contemporary about a girl grieving the loss of her friend and out for revenge. In the case of revenge, yes, we get that. But the deep dark emotions, not so much. I didn't feel bad for Angie, in fact, I didn't really like her much. It's not to say this wasn't a good book, it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. Also, completely predictable. Which in some cases I don't mind since it's common for me to figure things out, but the journey to the end wasn't interesting enough to counteract that I knew where it was going.

Angie was very self centered. Everything was always about her. Even Lizzie's death. Then she is supposedly feeling so guilty about it that she needs to get revenge, and starts to interview people to the point where I thought it was verging on bullying. She was pushy and not thinking about anyone else or how they might feel. Then, it's been like a few weeks since her friend died and she's all wrapped up in this new guy. She's just kind of a nut job. Like, really. I get that her dedication to her now dead friend is supposed to be all inspiring and all, but her character just was not likeable. Also, she's not thinking about the fact that the revenge she wants to get on people and the things she is doing or planning to do could push some other people over the edge the way that it did with Lizzie.

Of course there is romance. What's a YA novel with tragic circumstances without it right? Unfortunately, I really could have done without. It's not that I didn't like Jesse, but I just felt that the romance was distasteful considering she's just lost her friend, and it just seemed a bit forced to me. Actually, Jesse was one of the characters I enjoyed in this book. He seemed to be the only one capable of logical thinking, and that's including the parents too. He was nice, caring, and wanted to do the right things, and not betray or hurt anyone.

So this sounds like a really negative review, but it wasn't a bad book. It was just very predictable to me, and it didn't really seem like Angie was out to avenge Lizzie's death for most of it. It was more like she needed to make herself feel better about it. To get rid of her guilt, but she didn't come across as someone who was upset over someone she's known her whole entire life dying. I know that they weren't friends at the time, but they had been best friends their whole life. It's not to say she wasn't upset, but it seemed she was more mad about not knowing who did the horrible things to make Lizzie kill herself, and the guilt over feeling like they did it all because of her, than actually being sad that she was gone. I don't know, maybe it just came across that way to me, but I just didn't feel it. There was also a whole bunch of other issues from every direction in this too. Almost to the point of too much in one book. I liked it enough, but it wasn't fabulous for me.



21 comments:

  1. I got a galley of this ages back but I never got round to reading it due to not much positive feedback. Good to see you liking it though! Angie doesn't sound rather relatable or loveable. I shall have to pass :/

    Stunning review, Amy! <3

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    1. I wanted to like it more, but unfortunately it wasn't quite what I expected. I was thinking it was going to be more of an emotional search, but instead, it ended up being juvenile and petty revenge so she wouldn't feel guilty about it anymore. Yes, she does change a little by the end, but I still didn't like her much.

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  2. Ack I don't think this one would be fabulous for me either. I think Angie would drive me crazy. Also, I don't get why authors can't just not have a romance. It doesn't seem like this story takes place in a time when the MC would be out looking for love so why add it?!?! Sorry this one didn't work out all that great for you!

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    1. Angie was so annoying. She was pushy, and had to get her own way. Like at one point she was talking to someone about something personal, that didn't really have anything to do with Lizzie, and she was practically forcing her to tell her something tragic that happened. Not even thinking how it could affect the person to bring up something so tough and not caring because she wanted to know. Ugh!! She bothered me.

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  3. Too bad! I was hoping this book get a better review rating from you. I'll be cautious when I pick it up.

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    1. It's not a bad book, it was just not really what I was expecting. A horrible character, especial they MC can really ruin a book for me.

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  4. Hmm....I remember looking at this one thinking it sounded interesting, but I'm not sure I would like it. Based on your review, definitely not one I'd jump to read. Nice review doll!

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    1. It was interesting, but it wasn't the emotional story I was thinking it would be. It was about Angie who is self centered, pushy and feeling sorry for herself. That's why she is doing all of that. It's to make herself feel better. I love when she discovers things that are like a punch in the face. Lol! She should feel bad.

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  5. Hmm... The cover looks great and I remember really wanting to read this one. I like dark when they're done well, but since this isn't dark... I hate when you start a book and not only can't connect with the character but also can't find yourself rooting for them. That's so tough. Even though you clearly state, this was not a bad book, I will have to put this on the back burner. Glad you got some enjoyment out of it!

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    1. I think that going into it knowing that it's not dark and emotional really would have made my reading experience better, but I still would have disliked Angie no matter what.

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  6. Aw, this sounds like such a disappointment! You're right, from the blurb I would have expected a much darker read, and your touching on the romance feeling a bit weird/too soon gets warning bells going off in my head. Thanks for the honest review, Amy.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. If Angie had been a little more likeable I might have enjoyed this a little more, but I felt bad for all the people who she was interrogating instead. Even if they were jerks or whatever, she pretty much bullies people into telling her what she wants to know.

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  7. Hmmm...it's hard to love a story with such a hard-to-like mc. I would probably share a lot of your frustration.
    Great review, doll!

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    1. I really wanted to love this one so it was a disappointment when it was really not what I thought it would be.

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  8. Aw, I thought this would be a good read, too. I def don't like it when a character is so self-centered that you end up hating her. And yes, predictable is fine and all, as long as the story line is good, which this sounds like it wasn't so much. Great review tho!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. I found myself wanting to smack the MC half the time. She might not bother other people as much as me, but I couldn't stand her.

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  9. When I first saw this book, I thought it looked like a really interesting read, and requested it from NetGalley. Yet, I've read quite a few reviews were people didn't enjoy it all that much. So now I'm not in such a hurry to read it anymore :( I enjoyed your review though!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Yeah, I got it when it first went up on Netgalley, and then only read like 1 review for it.

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  10. I still haven't read my galley of this one, but I'm starting to fear I might not enjoy it that much. It sounds like with such themes, there should be a stronger connection to the main character. I'll still go in with an open mind though!

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    1. I think that as long as you go into not having any expectations that will help.

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  11. It's hard when a book doesn't quite meet our expectations. I always struggle when I don't like the MC too. Sorry this wasn't better for you. Not sure this book is for me.

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