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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.
“Horrifying. Satisfying. Remarkable in so many ways. Tease is a brave debut.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Tease is a book I wish I’d written—shocking, subtle, and emotionally raw.”
“An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.”
“That the story is told from a bully’s perspective adds complexity to this compelling, ripped-from-the-headlines novel. This nuanced look at a controversial topic will keep readers hooked until its satisfying conclusion and makes great fodder for discussion among high school students.”
“This powerful and realistic Mean Girls story had us addicted from page one... A thought provoking must-read that haunted us after the last page.”
“First-time novelist Maciel has done an exemplary job of giving readers a multidimensional portrait of a bully that is psychologically acute and emotionally resonant. Realistic and suffused with truth, Tease is an excellent choice for both independent reading and classroom use.”
“The novel enters fearsome territory honestly and will give teenagers a great deal to think about.”