Monday, April 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher [ARC REVIEW + GIVEAWAY]

Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 304
source: publisher via Netgalley
Summary from Goodreads (here):
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.
You know I have been waiting for this book since I saw the cover revealed on Chelsea's facebook. I don't normally read books with mystery's in them. Mostly because they bore me to death. Thankfully all the waiting and wanting paid off because this one has made it into my VERY small pile of mystery books that I LOVE :)
I wasn't really sure what I would find in The S-Word but it definitely hooked me from the start. The book starts out with a little background about Lizzie's downfall from Angie. And having Angie narrate the story was PERFECT. She was the best friend and the one that got caught in the fire of the scandal. She was also DETERMINED. Like seriously, she could be scary at times but i loved that about her.
"Why are you upset?" I place my hand on Cara's arm, like maybe I'm comforting her, or maybe I'm dangerous. And I could be either. I haven't decided yet.
She changed after Lizzie death and the guilt that if she had helped then Lizzie might not have killed herself, kept eating at her. Seeing the HS world that Angie and Lizzie were stuck in was a shock. Everyone was against Lizzie and each had motive to torment her. So, everyone was a suspect on Angie's list. Let me tell you, Angie has some really good coercion & sleuthing skills :D
One thing that really stood out at me were the letters that Angie & a few other student's received from Lizzie's diary. Those letters messed with my head and creeped me out O_O It also gave us another look at Lizzie. She gave hints to wanting to change, to show her real self, and at times it seemed there were two sides to her. This part of the book really reminded me of another one of my favorite YA mystery books, ALL UNQUIET THINGS, which I loved! Since they both used the same technique of bring out the truth.
OVERALL: An interesting story with an even greater mystery. I Loved the writing and the clever way the truth was presented. It was definitely worth the wait!
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Now about the author herself!

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 debut novel “THE S-WORD” comes out May 7, 2013 from Gallery Books.
Find and Follow her on: Twitter|Goodreads|Facebook|Website | Blog

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  1. Yayyy, I'm so glad you liked it!!! Thank you for the wonderful review, and for being a part of the blog tour!! :)

    1. :) Thanks for dropping by Chelsea!!! <33 the book and it was my pleasure!!

  2. Thanks for bringing this awesome book to my attention...and thank you for the great giveaway!

    1. Glad to hear it grabbed ur attention too! :D Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Awesome review. Glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks Shane for stopping by and for HOSTING the tour :D Much <3!


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