by Chelsea Pitcher
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (May 7, 2013)
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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 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.
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 language.
- Sexual Content: Heavy
- Profanity: Very Heavy
- Other Notables: Suicide, Underage Drinking, Bullying