Review of The S Word

Angie and Lizzie were the best of friends. Lizzie betrayed Angie when Lizzie was found in bed with Angie’s boyfriend on the night of their prom. The whole school turned against her, subjecting her to name-calling and graffiti being plastered over her locker, with abuse about her.

Lizzie is so distraught by what has happened that she kills herself.

A week after her death pages from Lizzie’s diary are found around the school and Angie is hell bent on finding out who pushed Lizzie over the edge, despite her sense of betrayal by her best friend.

The book is aimed at a younger audience and is very much written with this target audience in mind. That said, the gripping drama kept me reading and I certainly did not see some of the plot twists coming. I did guess what had happened to Lizzie though.

The book deals with a lot of issues that face teenagers and I felt it dealt really well with the impact that bullying has. On the surface we don’t see an awful lot of involvement from any adults in the book, but given that this is written from a teenagers perspective that was hardly surprising. Having successfully navigated three teenagers through those hellish years – not to mention my own teen years – I was able to relate to Angie’s angst and the dramas she had to deal with.

I think this is a really thought provoking book for teenagers and young adults. It deals with issues that this age group face and the author isn’t afraid to rock the boat. The book was well written and whilst an adult reading it might find the language a little too simplistic, the age group that it is aimed at will appreciate the way it is written.

I am going to give this book 5 stars as I enjoyed the story.

Recommended.

***** 5 stars.

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