Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Chelsea Pitcher’s THE S-WORD, which came out yesterday!
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 had stopped talking to Lizzie on prom night, when she caught Lizzie in bed with her boyfriend. Too heartbroken to let Lizzie explain the hookup or to intervene when Lizzie gets branded Queen of the Sluts and is 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.
Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for — even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.
I say: This sounds amazing & I’ve been really, really looking forward to reading it! I’d hoped to read it last weekend on vacation but I had some issues with my Nook. It’s next on my TBR list, though!
Now for our interview with Chelsea:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Angie is a fierce, heartbroken, clever detective.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
THE S-WORD is a dark, chilling, hopeful mystery.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a caring, crafty, charmed creature.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Greece, Ireland, & Brazil (JS: Greece & Ireland are on my list, too!)
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Salsa, painting, & surfing
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Broadway performer (you’d be laughing if you’d seen me try to act), singer/songwriter, or professional traveler (wait – what do you mean, that’s not a thing?!)
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Irises, Daphne, and Hyacinth (the three best-smelling flowers!)
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Pizza, Thai yellow curry with tofu, mac and cheese
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
Holly Black’s TITHE, Francesca Lia Block’s DANGEROUS ANGELS, & Marion Zimmer Bradley’s THE MISTS OF AVALON
Chelsea is being generous enough to give away 1 copy of THE S-WORD to one lucky reader in the US or Canada. Contest is open through noon on Sunday, May 12. To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question: Have YOU ever kept a diary?
Thanks so much for stopping by, Chelsea! I hope you’re having an awesome week!