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Tease [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Maciel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

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“Horrifying. Satisfying. Remarkable in so many ways. Tease is a brave debut. (Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling authorEllen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling authorEllen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author)

“Tease masterfully shows that when it comes to bullying, nothing is black and white, no side of the story is the only side of the story, and there are no winners. A compulsive read, and an absolute must-add to all bullying discussions.” (Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List)

“Amanda Maciel’s timely exploration of bullying pulls no punches. Tease is a bold, hard-hitting and memorable debut that needs to be read and talked about.” (Courtney Summers, author of This is Not a Test)

“Tease is a book I wish I’d written—shocking, subtle, and emotionally raw.” (Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love)

“An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.” (Kirkus Reviews)

From the Back Cover

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.

At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.

During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.


Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444918710
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ3A9PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Amanda Maciel’s TEASE is a novel that instantly grabs your attention. From its opening line, to its atypical perspective, to its main character who is far from instantly likable, it’s a story that is at once refreshingly different, intriguing, emotionally charged and thought-provoking.

Sara Wharton has been charged with bullying, which led to the death by suicide of Emma Putnam. She is not immediately remorseful for her actions. She does not see the part she played in Emma’s death. She does not feel she is the wrongdoer. She sees herself as the victim.

Emma Putnam was the girl who stole her boyfriend. It was Emma who called her a tease. It was Emma who was the selfish one who took her life and caused Sara’s world to fall apart. It was all Emma’s fault, not hers.

Told from Sara’s point of view, TEASE moves between the present and the past to reveal just what happened between Emma, Sara, Sara’s boyfriend Dylan, and Sara’s friends, including her mean girl best friend Brielle, to show how Sara’s life has changed, and how Sara herself has eventually changed, because of what had been done and what resulted.

TEASE is not a light story with a happily ever after ending. While the writing has an easy flow, making it a quick read, the core of the story – bullying and suicide – gives it weight and importance. And its underlying messages of consequences and responsibility and understanding and sympathy give it depth.

Sara is not a likely choice for narrator, as she isn’t instantly relatable, sympathetic or even likable. On first glance she appears cold and selfish. And it is only as the story progresses that readers will begin to see that she’s not the self-absorbed, cruel person she pretends to be. She is flawed and insecure and jealous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When mean girls go too far June 23, 2014
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Sara Wharton's life is totally ruined, and it's not even her fault. Or so she thinks when a classmate, Emma, who she and her clique have been harassing hangs herself, and the girl's parents bring a lawsuit against them. She can't see her best friend and ringleader Brielle, and she has to take summer school classes. The only bright spot seems to be Carmichael, who's in her classes, too because it seems like everyone - from her lawyer to her mom to the media believes Sara should be held accountable. No one is the least bit interested in hearing Sara's side - or so it seems to her for most of the book. In flashbacks, the reader learns of how Emma irritated Sara and her friends by flirting with the guys they liked, and how, after Emma steals Sara's boyfriend, the bullying escalates until tragedy results. Will Sara manage to come to terms with her anger and accept responsibility for her part? (Well, obviously, she does, but it takes a long time.)

As I read the book, I kept thinking, "This girl seriously needs a hobby - sports, drama, vampire slaying, whatever." Something that might have kept her from obsessing so much about how her boyfriend acts around other girls and given her some self-esteem. Would that have kept Sara from being so relentlessly harsh? Maybe not, because as the book shows, you can't underestimate the power of a seductive leader who will seemingly try anything.

I had to admit I wanted Sara to show some true remorse a lot sooner than she did. Any attempt to get her to see things from Emma's perspective just made her more angry and defensive. But since this is loosely based on the suicide of a teen from South Hadley, MA, and I've read interviews with one of the bullies who doesn't seem to think it's her fault, this is sadly realistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book blew me away May 10, 2014
Format:Hardcover
It starts off with the same story we all know. A teenage girl, Emma, is bullied. She's called a slut and so many other bad things. And while it does seem to be from a lot of people, the majority of it, and the worst of it, is from Brielle and Sara. Things get so bad for Emma that she eventually commits suicide.

What we really don't know, and what most of us probably don't care about, is what happens afterwards to the people who were the bullies. This is that story, and it is not an easy story to read. It is very frustrating, both because of the characters, and because of what the characters make you feel.

Brielle is the queen bee at school. Sara is her best friend, and our main character. Brielle is the mean girl. She's a terrible person, but the one that so many girls seem to want to be friends with. Most things that happen seem to be Brielle's ideas. Sara usually just goes along with it. She knows it's better to be Brielle's friend than to not be. Sara doesn't truly make her own decisions, and if she does, it's heavily influenced by Brielle.

Brielle is truly the problem. Sara became her best friend and she started down this slippery slope and didn't know how to stop. She's dealing with those consequences now.

Sara doesn't think she did anything wrong. She keeps talking about how she didn't actually kill Emma because it's not like she handed Emma the rope. This is true, of course, but she refuses to believe that she played a part in Emma's death at all. It's infuriating to read this. You just want to slap her and tell her to wake up. Sara also likes to use the excuse that everyone else was doing it, which is absolutely no excuse at all.

It's not easy to like Sara. In fact, even after the book was finished I still disliked Sara.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullying
I actually really liked this YA novel, and think it is so relevant to today's children. Bullying is an issue, especially with social media added to the equation, and I felt this... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Joanne Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Tease
This book has a wonderful message. At first it is confusing because it jumps from present to past, but worth reading. I will read this book over and over. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Meredith Seabolt
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex, disturbing look at toxic teens
High school kids can be mean little vipers. And with the advent of the internet, it's way too easy to wage war on each other from the comfort of their bedrooms. Read more
Published 22 days ago by kacunnin
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is Brutal
I left high school over three decades ago, but it sure didn't feel like it while I was reading this book. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dr. Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Thought Provoking Debut
Tease by Amanda Maciel is absolutely brilliant! Ripped from national headlines, it follows the story of a young lady, who, along with some friends, has been accused of leading a... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Shalonda
4.0 out of 5 stars Caroline
Quick easy read, makes you think!! Be nice to each other and monitor your children's social media accounts! So sad but I think we supervision can help stop bullying
Published 1 month ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Gut wrenching story about bullying
Wow this was a very powerful story. Let me tell you now that this is not for the faint at heart. Also, if you are not one to look into the mind of the bully's perspective then I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stacie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, addressing a real issue in a fictional way.
This book is a fictional look into the lives of a group of teenage students. It's a book documenting the things that happen in most every high school, and has for a many years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Gander
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and painful but fantastic!
Tease is not an easy read, it’s gritty, painful and emotional. It doesn’t hold back when it comes to bullying and it says it how it is. It’s honest. And that makes it hard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Candace Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bullies and selfish teens
*I received a free ARC of Tease from Hachette Children’s Books via Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

Tease is a hard story to read, for several... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
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Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently an executive editor of children's books. She spends her free time writing, running, and helping raise her young son with her husband and their cat in Brooklyn, New York. TEASE is her first novel.

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