The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Angie catches her best friend, Lizzie, in bed; in their hotel room; on prom night, with her boyfriend, Drake. That's the worst thing that can happen to a high school senior, right? Wrong...
The Cheer Bears and many other classmates turn against Lizzie; writing Slut on her locker and all over her car. Angie doesn't stop them because she's hurt and angry.
Lizzie kills herself. Then Suicide Slut appears on the lockers written in Lizzie's handwriting and pages of Lizzie's personal diary begin appearing all around school.
Angie decides to play detective and get to the bottom of who wrote on the lockers, who had access to Lizzie's diary... and wow, does Angie make some discoveries. Some of the twists I predicted, but some; some big ones, completely blew me away. Not only does Angie make discoveries about her "friends" and other classmates, but she makes discoveries about herself along the way.
This was well written and a great debut for Chelsea Pitcher. It showed how high school can be for some; that its not always rainbows and confetti. Some kids are bullied, some kids are popular but their lives aren't perfect, some kids are different by choice and some are made outcasts for their beliefs and choices.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Chelsea Pitcher for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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