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The S-Word

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,239 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews
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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Gallery Books
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Emily May
Jan 03, 2013 Emily May rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, arc, 2013

Oh dear, my 2013 reading has not kicked off the way I hoped it would. That one star which you see there is for nothing more than good intentions. I think. Though that's a bit sketchy too. Okay, let's just say that the one star you see is for what I THINK the author's intentions were but, in the end, this book was one hot mess of strained dialogue, awkward similes and a style of writing that I simply couldn't enjoy no matter how hard I tried. It's really such a shame because the idea had so much
As you can probably guess from the fact that I started The S-Word a little over an hour ago, I skimmed through this novel. Even I can't read a three-hundred page novel so quickly. Now, having finished this debut, all I can think is that it would have been far more suited to the hands of a more experienced writer. For a debut novel, The S-Word lacks finesse. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it is, but something about the writing style in this didn't work for me. Although it is evident that the visi ...more
3.5 stars

The S-Word was a story which didn’t sit well with some of my blogging friend’s early reviews. But despite the not so promising reviews I decided to give it a try to see what it was all about. And I’m glad that I did, as a story which repeatedly squeezes your heart and surprises you with its twists and turns is definitely worth a go.

Angie’s best friend Lizzie commits suicide after being branded a slut at school for sleeping with Angie’s boyfriend Drake. She’s publically humiliated and t
I've seen the not so favorable reviews, stating clunky dialogue, cliches and hard to read writing style, but to me the writing style actually reinforced the anger and pain contained in this book, the anger and pain the protagonist goes through. Yes, the author used cliches but to me, a cliche is based on real life. And the events described in the book - they do happen in real life. Isn't the purpose of a book also to open our eyes to the bad things? It can't all be flowers and chocolates all the ...more
Dec 04, 2015 Nawal rated it did not like it
First things first. I hated Angie. Hateful, immature, highly dependent and a total hypocrite. She keeps blaming other people for what they did to Lizzie, as if what she did was excusable. Honestly, and all this labelling she does, it's insufferable.(view spoiler) ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Even though my rating doesn't really show it, THE S-WORD is a book that I really enjoyed. It's not perfect, as my rating shows, but it's very enjoyable. I would love to give THE S-WORD a full 4 star rating or even a nice shiny five star rating but I can't because it's my job as a reviewer to look deeper into a book. I've given plenty of books an initial 5 star rating and then dropped it to 4 or 3 (once I dropped a rating from 5 to 1 star) after I thought about it.

The beginning of the book was a
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Oh, wow. This book has made a lasting impression on me.

First of, the main character, Angie is one heck of a girl! She caught her best friend sleeping with her boyfriend on prom night and turned her back on both of them. She doesn't seem great? Bear with me. I'll get to the good part. While Angie's ex didn't get much heat, her best friend Lizzie was bullied on every turn. Lizzie was branded a slut while she was a good and gentle girl her whole life.

Bullying is not cool people! It sucks! It make
Mallory Heart Recommends
This book was a sleeper: tremendously surpassed my expectations. I predict this will be a huge hit among the readers who, for example, like myself, loved "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer."

Review of The S Word by Chelsea Pitcher
5 stars

I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy via NetGalley.

“The S Word” was truly a sleeper for me. I selected it to read for review because of the suicide of the central character (Lizzie is central, even though she is already deceased at the book’s commencement). I expecte
Stacia (the 2010 club)
May 27, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) marked it as did-not-finish
I finally had to take this off my currently reading after trying on multiple occasions to get into the book and finding that my wind was wandering.

I honestly tried. The S-Word could very well be a wonderfully written story and I might have missed out. It just wasn't in the cards (or possibly timing) for me.
May 07, 2013 Tanecia rated it really liked it
"They are speaking for me.


"Couldn't they, at least pick a word that means something?

Ask a hundred people the meaning of that word and you'll hear a hundred answers. It means absolutely nothing. But the moment it is unleashed, it changes me. They look at me differently, all of them. As if I am no longer human. As if I am somehow a monster to be destroyed.

These things I have feared about myself now they are telling me.

And still, I sit up in the night, willing the word to rearrange so th
Lottie Eve
Feb 22, 2013 Lottie Eve rated it liked it
I had a hard time deciding what I thought about this book. I could tell that Pitcher had good intentions when writing this book but I think that The S-Word could have been so much better if it was put into the hands of an experienced writer. I am not saying that The S-Word isn’t an enjoyable book. I actually blew through this book in a fairly quick amount of time. I just feel like this book could have been oh so much more than just enjoyable.

The Story

Lizzie’s reputations is ruined when she is ca
Jul 26, 2014 Shayna rated it did not like it
In short, Chelsea Pitcher’s debut was an awkward, sloppy mess.

In…well, long, I think I’ll start by saying what I think her intentions were before explaining why this book just didn’t work for me. I think Pitcher meant to write a story about the dangers of bullying; how it affects the victim, and how it affects everyone involved. When I started reading, I was hoping that maybe Pitcher would discuss the double standard for boys and girls where the word “slut” is concerned, because obviously that w
Jun 11, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
Three stars: A tough read that explores the dangers of bullying.

Angie sees the words Suicide Slut scribbled across her dead best friend's locker and her heart clenches. She feels responsible because it was her boyfriend that Lizzie was caught with on prom night. Perhaps if she had just tried to understand and forgive things would be different, but now it is too late. When pages from Lizzie's journal start circulating and Suicide Slut begins appearing around the school in Lizzie's loopy handwriti
Katrina Welsh
Mar 23, 2013 Katrina Welsh rated it it was ok
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When I heard of The S Word, I thought, "Oh my God. This is going to be one of the great ones." The synopsis and the file and the cover looked so promising. But upon closer inspection, you realize it's just fool's gold and you're pissed because you got played. But, hey, at least have you this pretty shiny thing. You have no use for it, but nothing you can do.

I'm not always so keen on reading issue-y books. The writing can so easily turn preachy. W
Originally Posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

Decades ago, before blockbusters and television, there were these black and white movies about guys who wore trench coats, talked really fast and fell in love with bombshells with big secrets. Film Noir is a specialized genre of fiction that has inspired many student films and Indies like “Brick” starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. Someone is dead or something valuable is missing or a wife wants to know if her old man is stepping out on her.
Remember high school? Peer pressure? This is the story of how one innocent girl is tormented to the point of suicide and how her best friend and worst tormentor learns from her own guilt at turning her back on someone who needed her most.

Angie caught her best friend, Lizzie in bed with her boyfriend on prom night. At that point, she turned her back on Lizzie, thinking only the worst. As the school bullied Lizzie, Angie went along with it, until she read Lizzie's diary and learned of the life of
Jun 14, 2015 Stephanie rated it did not like it

So, The S-Word was a major let down. The blurb sounded promising and the idea was good - it really had the potential to be a great story. It was full of awkward wording, forced dialogue and it was just something I couldn't enjoy and I struggled to get through the book - and I'm a fast reader. The idea had such great potential and it was one of the books I was most looking forward to receiving when I requested it on NetGalley but alas, it was a severe disappointment.

I didn't like this book at all
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
*I received an ARC-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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'
Apr 18, 2015 Lanaa rated it liked it
A big part of this book was just a mess. It was all over the place, the dialogue was just weird, not many characters to like and still...around the 70% mark, it all just came together and it made it more enjoyable. Even though I do think Angie (our main character) bulldozed over way too many people to get her way, what she did in the end still send a message; although she might have gone at it the wrong way (but hey, she's a teenager after all).

This book is so much more than just the "s-word".
Jun 13, 2012 Kristie marked it as to-read
Another book coming out next year that needs to come out sooner!!
Apr 03, 2013 Tanja rated it really liked it
Angie and Lizzie were best friends, until Angie caught her boyfriend Drake cheating on her with Lizzie. After being branded a slut by whole school, Lizzie commits suicide.

This books starts a couple of weeks after Lizzie's death. It follows Angie as she tries to figure out exactly what happened and whose fault is it that Lizzie committed suicide. Angie lies and manipulates people to get what she wants from them. She questions everyone around her: her ex-boyfriend Drake, the weirdo of the school
This book was extremely difficult for me to rate. I ended up rating it a solid 3, right down the middle because I felt I couldn’t give it higher, but I didn’t want to give it less because of the subject matter it dealt with. I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did because that plot sounded amazing. But alas, the original plot ended up buried beneath choppy dialogue and some Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo like mystery with twists and an ending you could see coming a mile away.

On the night of prom
Kristen Jett
Short Review
I cried. I gasped. I ached. I was inspired.

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I was intrigued immediately from the synopsis of The S-Word. Is it a mystery? Is there a ghost? What really happened to Lizzie? When I actually got my grabby hands on the ARC, I was blown away. At one point I emailed Chelsea Pitcher to say “I am in full blown tears reading THE S-WORD. Also, I love you for this book. Sheer love.”

Authors: if your book gets me declaring love for you, you’ve done som
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My Thoughts:

I was nervous about reading The S-Word at first because it didn't have any werewolves, vampires, or demon battling slayer in it and that is usually my go to books. My comfort zone if you will. But I was definitely intrigued reading the synopsis and I have to say I am so happy that I decided to take a chance.

I feel absolutely changed from reading The S-Word. For me, this was a very powerful piece of literature that really makes the reader take
Jan 06, 2015 Jillyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: blog, ebook, requested
After she was caught in a hotel room on prom night with her best friend's boyfriend, Lizzie is labelled as the school slut. The students taunt her, and her locker becomes riddled with that word, over and over again. Slut. Shortly after, Lizzie commits suicide. Her best friend, Angie, cannot let sleeping dogs lie and begins to dig into the secrets of the school's student body, unraveling them bit by bit in an attempt to find out what really led Lizzie to end her life, and who was behind it. But c ...more
Mary (BookHounds)

When Angie happens upon her best friend and her boyfriend the night of prom, all hell breaks loose. Lizzie, known as the Ice Queen, for being untouchable in their social circle of entitled, popular cheerleader- sport star set, becomes the victim of bullying, led by Angie. When Lizzie commits suicide soon after, Angie's anger turns to guilt. When the word "slut" appears on Lizzie's locker and soon reappears again in what seems to be Lizzie's script, Angie becomes determined to
Apr 16, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
The S-Word
Chelsea Pitcher

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Mean girls...bullies...suicide...mysterious notes...a quest for the truth...the loss of a friend.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Angie and Lizzie are friends...until Angie finds Lizzie hooking up with Lizzie's boyfriend, Drake, at prom. Angie can not forgive. Then...Lizzie is tormented and bullied at school. Angie doesn't help her...and Lizzie takes her own life. Angie is now on a quest to find out what caused Lizzie to
Jan 27, 2013 Kala rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
*I received a free copy of this book via in exchange for an honest review - thank you!*

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I've made it halfway through and I just can't continue. This book is bad. Really bad.

Teenage suicide is a big deal. It's a huge problem in the United States that doesn't get the attention it deserves. There are some REALLY good books out there that address the issue (Saving June!) and there are some really bad ones (THIS BOOK).

The S-Word is supposed to be
Jan 08, 2013 Lydia rated it it was ok
Shelves: abuse, sexuality, mystery
Characters: The protagonist, Angie, is all over the place. It's understandable for her to be confused after everything that happened, but she doesn't really seem to know what she's doing. Lizzie was branded a slut for sleeping with one guy, so she is painted by Angie as a perfectly innocent angelic character who would never be capable of expressing sexuality, which was unbelievable. Jesse was interesting, but Angie's relationship with him was rather sudden and odd. There wasn't enough background ...more
Sep 22, 2013 AdriAnne rated it it was amazing
THE S-WORD is full of possibilities, with twists and turns both good and bad that let the reader take what they will from the story. I love that the “s-word” itself can stand for so many things: slut, suicide, secret, shame, etc. And yet other words come to mind in relation to some of the amazing characters: sweet, smart, sassy, surprising….

THE S-WORD is both dark and hopeful, shocking and seductive, and about revenge and redemption. It’s not a story for the faint of heart, and yet, it is a stor
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Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for wicked faerie tales. 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. She is the author of THE S-WORD (Simon and Schuster), THE LAST CHANGELING (Flux), and THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN (Flux 2015).

Agent: Mandy Hubbard

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