Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme highlights some of the books whose releases bloggers are most anticipating this year.

The book whose release I am most excited for this week is...

Title: The S-Word 
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Lizzie wasn’t the first student at Verity High School to kill herself this year. But the difference is, she didn’t go quietly. First it was SLUT scribbled all over the school’s lockers. But one week after Lizzie Hart takes her own life, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s own looping scrawl. Photocopies of her diary show up in the hands of her classmates. And her best friend, Angie, is enraged. Angie stopped talking to Lizzie on prom night, when she caught Lizzie in bed with her boyfriend. Too heartbroken to ask for an explanation or to intervene when Lizzie got branded Queen of the Sluts and was cruelly bullied by her classmates, Angie left her best friend to the mercy of the school, with tragic results. But with this new slur, Angie’s guilt transforms into anger that someone is still targeting Lizzie even after her death. Using clues from Lizzie’s diary and aided by the magnetic, mysterious Jesse, Angie begins relentlessly investigating who, exactly, made Lizzie feel life was no longer worth living. And while she might claim she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, her anguish over abandoning and then losing her best friend drives Angie deeper into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.
I tend to steer clear of truly serious contemporary novels and really just contemporary fiction in general unless I'm in need of a quick read, chick-flick, or just something fun, but The S-Word is a novel that simply demands to be read. With its provocative title, bold cover, and important subject, this is a book that I am very much interested to read. It isn't that there haven't been novels written about suicide, being a slut, or the consequences of name-calling, because there have been, there are, and there will be in the future. Yet, the reason this one really caught my eye was because it was told from the perspective of a guilty, upset, and angry best friend. Not only that, but it is more than just an investigation into the suicide of one teen - it seems to be an investigation into the cruel heart of high schools all around the world. I truly believe that this is one story that everyone will need to read, simply because of its deep and profound messages and I can only hope it lives up to its full potential.

20 comments:

  1. This looks pretty intense. Looking forward to it.
    Here is my WOW

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  2. I doubt this book would be my sort of story, but I look forward to seeing what you think of it! It's interesting that it's from Angie's point of view. Hmm... I don't know. I might be convinced to pick it up once everyone starts reading it. We'll see! ;)

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  3. I may have to add this to my to-read. It's not my usual book but there's something about that's snatched at my attention.

    Here's mine: http://uncorkedthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

    xo

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  4. This sounds intense Keertana, I love it! I tend to stay away from issue-based contemporary reads as well, but you're definitely right that there's something about this one that is begging me to read it. Fantastic pick!

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  5. I really really hope this book is as amazing as it could be. The best friend perceptive is really barely used. Fantastic choice!

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  6. My god. I was totally captured by that cover. I first read it as "The Sword" and then "The S-Word" and immediately thought of the swear word, but then I saw "suicide" scribbled over the "S". Whoever did that cover is amazing.

    I'm like you, I generally don't go for the serious stuff. The depressing books I read come few and far between, but I think I'll pick this one up when it comes out. It's so intriguing! And you're right, it's unique for being in the POV of the grieving, troubled BFF.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    -Amelia
    The Authoress

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  7. This looks like it will be a very emotional and interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

    My WoW

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  8. This seems different, the synopsis really makes me wanna find out more about Angie. Lovely pick!

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  9. Oh my, this one sounds incredible. I love how it's dealing with suicide, name-calling and the consequences, and that it's dealing with her best friend and how she's feeling. This is one I'm definitely adding to my tbr pile, thanks so much for sharing! And thanks for stopping by! :)

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  10. This looks amazing Keetsna! My kind of book. I have to say if I were Angie I would be pissed off with Lizzie. She's found in bed with her best friend's boyfriend?!! That is pretty low. I would've stopped talking to her too. Great pick! :)

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  11. I'm not really sure if I should pick this one up! I've been on the fence about it for a while. I think other bloggers's reviews will help me decide. =) This book sounds very serious, and it does talk about such an important topic: suicide. I'm definitely interested in this one, but I think I'll wait for some reviews before I decide if I should read it or not. ;)

    Fabulous pick! <3

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  12. I think I saw this one last week. It sounds good. Great pick!

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  13. I have never heard of this one! :O It sounds ...wow. So glad you picked it! I WANT IT NOW!!

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  14. Wow, this book definitely sounds intense. The mystery aspect is pretty intriguing too. Great pick--I hadn't heard of this one before.

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  15. I've never even heard of this one! It sounds pretty intriguing, though I think I'll wait for your review (when you do get a copy) before deciding if I want to read it or not.

    We are so in sync lately, anyway. ;)

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  16. The cover is so eye catching! I'm not really a fan of these types of stories though as they make me vastly uncomfortable but it does sound interesting.

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  17. Wow, this sounds so interesting! I love heavy contemporaries and that cover is GORGEOUS; definitely adding it to my TBR. Thanks for the great rec! :)

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  18. Oh wow, Keertana! Such a fabulous pick for WOW this week! This is one of the rare moments when I just want to bawl like baby simply by reading the synopsis. Aww, books with suicide issue always break my heart, but somehow I still keep reading it. Although I always end up crying. :')

    Can't wait for this book to come out! <3

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  19. Thank you so much for your kind words about my book!!! I'm so flattered to be your Waiting on Wednesday pick, and these comments are awesome!!

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