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The S-Word

The S-Word - Chelsea Pitcher This story is one that grabs your attention from the very first page and doesn't let go until the last page. It revolves around the recent suicide of a high school senior girl and a search for the reasons behind her decision. It is told from the point of view of Lizzie Hart's best friend, Angie Lake. An event that occurred on Prom Night seems to be what pushed Lizzie over the edge and Angie puts all of her energy into finding out who was behind it. Along the way, the reader is introduced to people who were involved or interacted with Lizzie and how those relationships effected her. There are many, many layers to this story--many sad, frightening and unexpected. These types of stories scare me to death for the young people in our high schools, if this is truly a slice of modern day life. There is drinking, sexual activity, meanness of spirit, and very few redeeming values.The writing of this story is terrific. There is suspense to the story that is almost like a murder mystery. Ms. Pitcher draws us down a path of discovery that is intense and heart-breaking. My biggest complaint, as usual, is the abundance of language that is used and the amount of casual sexual activity. I do believe that the story could be told with a minimum of both. The story is riveting and once I started reading, it was hard to put it down. I recommend this book to older teens because of the

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