Thursday, May 9, 2013

The S-Word

Provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to start off by saying that this book would be a great one for teenagers to read as a school assignment. It even has the complimentary question guide at the end that can be used to hold discussions and such. What’s it about? Well, it’s all centered around the ever growing topic of bullying and there is a little bit of all types of bullying in this read but it’s main focus is built around a suicide and the events that occurred before and after that.
The story is narrated by Angelina (Angie) Lake, one time best friend to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hart. To the world the ‘F-Word’ is that taboo word but here at Verity High it’s the ‘S-Word’ that becomes the catalyst to the end of days for one Lizzie Hart. We find out quickly in the beginning that she has committed suicide and now Angie is trying to piece together clues to discover what really happened  and who is responsible for the outcome, other than herself.
Angie & Lizzie’s friendship went way back to their pre-school years. Lizzie was the more subdued and quiet while Angie was a little more outgoing, wanting more out of life then what the town they lived in could provide. While Lizzie & Angie were the best of friends, Lizzie wasn’t always free and easy with divulging her secrets. Angie did discover that they possibly had a crush on the same boy however, through some physical traits that Lizzie did provide on a secret crush she had. In enters Drake. Well, Drake also grew up with Angie & Lizzie but it wasn’t until the high school years that he was being looked at as dating material. Now I don’t want to give too much away because that would just ruin the mystery of the story but basically Angie ends up dating him and on Prom night she discovers Lizzie & Drake in the hotel room, in bed… together!  Feeling as if she has been betrayed by her best friend & boy friend, she withdraws from the both of them. Of course because it happened at Prom word spreads and the bullying begins with the ‘S-Word’ being thrown around, verbally and in written form.
There is a diverse group of students at Verity High and many have experienced some bullying, to different degrees. This is a story that Chelsea Pitcher has cleverly put together and it just goes to show you that you can’t always believe what you hear, or even what you see in the heat of the moment. Sometimes you need to calm down and then listen and see past what it is that you think you see on the surface. The soul is a fragile thing, our surface is built to protect it and sometime the cruelty of others chips its way through.  

Get yourself a copy of this book, give it a read & then pass it on to the kids in your lives that could benefit from it also!

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