Amanda Maciel has done something quite daring with her debut novel, Tease: She’s written a teen suicide book told from the point of view of one of the bullies, not the victim. What kicks it up a notch is the fact that Sara, our narrator, is not all that sorry about what she did. Whoa. The fact that Maciel also manages to make Sara seem occasionally sympathetic? Double whoa. In other words, there were times that this book made me feel deeply uncomfortable. Since I don’t believe that a novel about the bullying and resulting suicide of a sixteen-year-old girl should be comfortable, I say brava to Ms. Maciel. NB: Local readers should beware that the author was loosely inspired by the real-life tragedy of Phoebe Prince from South Hadley and should proceed with caution in reading a book that might hit too close to home.— From Emily's Picks
If you gulped through reading or streaming 13 Reasons Why, Tease is the book for you.
Provocative, unforgettable, and inspired by real-life incidents, Amanda Maciel's highly acclaimed debut novel Tease is the story of a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide. 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.
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.