Title: The S-Word
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: 05/01/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book had a very calculating yet raw voice, which ended up working well. The dialogue occasionally seemed rather improbable for the high school setting, and the characters were often described using some sort of label, but that was fitting since labels make up part of the theme of this book. Angie, the main character, developed greatly through the book. She starts out bent on justice for her friend's tormentors. As the book progresses, her ideals and methods of pursuing justice change drastically.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was very memorable because it honestly tackled some serious topics, such as rape and suicide. The plot kept me guessing at what was going to happen next. It also tackled different themes, like labeling and gender roles in society, which were very present in the book without seeming forced.
Cover: This cover screams at you. I was initially afraid of picking it up and being forced to defend my reasons for reading it. However, it does fit the nature of this book, and the main character's method of expressing the injustice of her friend's death.
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation: When Angie's best friend Lizzie is branded a slut by their high school, Lizzie decides to take her own life. When graffiti and pages from Lizzie's diary start appearing around the school, Angie decides to find out the truth.
tags: bullying / suicide / ya lit