by Amanda Maciel


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062305312
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 750,247
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Tease 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Sara didn’t want Emma Putnam to kill herself, she just wanted her to stop sleeping with her boyfriend, but that’s not the way the general public saw things when Emma committed suicide. Did Sara’s bullying lead to Emma’s death though? And should Sara and her friends be held responsible? This was an interesting story about bullying, but I could definitely see both sides of the story. Sara was quiet a hard character. She believed that she was in the right, and while she didn’t want Emma to kill herself, she still thought that Emma had brought the bullying on herself for sleeping with other people’s boyfriends, which to be quite honest, she kind-of did. The storyline in this was pretty good. I know a lot of other people haven’t liked this book, but I did. I was really interested to find out what exactly had been going on, and how Emma came to commit suicide, and while the bullying was bad at times, I liked how we saw things from the bully’s perspective rather than the victims. At face value it may have seemed that Sara and her friends were just bullying Emma, but for Sara it wasn’t that simple. This is where I can see both sides of the story; because yes – Sara was calling Emma nasty names on facebook, and pulling mean pranks on her, but also – Emma was flirting with, and having sex with Sara’s boyfriend behind her back. Okay, Sara should maybe have gotten angry with her boyfriend as well as Emma, but when Emma was going around sleeping with as many boys as possible, you can see why Sara was annoyed. I think a lot of the problems in this book were due to peer pressure, because Sara most likely would not have thought up these pranks on her own, and she wouldn’t have spent an hour calling Emma names on facebook if there was nobody else around encouraging her to go on. I think this book could have been improved if we’d had access to Emma’s point of view as well. I felt like I was only getting half of the story all the time, as who knows if the information Sara was getting about Emma was really true? Did Emma sleep with Dylan? Who instigated it? Was Emma really going around sleeping with as many boys as possible? Was she doing this for attention? Or was she purposely trying to hurt the girls that the guys were dating? Were there any signs that Emma was suicidal? Could someone have prevented her suicide somehow? The ending to this was satisfactory, although we didn’t find out 100% what punishment the girls received for their part in driving Emma to suicide. I did enjoy this book though, and I would definitely read another book by this author. Overall; an interesting story about bullying. 8 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I loved tease. I loved the end and i swear i could have cried. My feeling throughout the book about Sara changed a lot, but by the end i think that Sara was a girl with one friend who more like her boss, and a boyfriend which she needs for her social life. The story is really touching and i think it was an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I love a book that deals with current and real problems in this world. This will open your eyes to bulling. Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel bad for Sara. She was a confused insecure kid caught up in a very nasty situation. I think she and Emma were more alike than different.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I didn't like Tease. It was a well-written novel, but I didn't really like the message in the book & I certainly don't like that the author ended up letting the bullies off the hook in the end. And the thing about bullies is that they are never sorry for bullying someone until that someone ends up killing themself. And I think that is exactly what happened here. Sara wasn't sorry when Emma was alive. She became sorry when she was in the middle of a lawsuit. That being said, she didn't deserve to be left to carry on with her life without proper repercussions or victimized in any way in the novel. That's just my two cents right there.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
After I finished reading Tease and before writing this review, I read some reviews on Goodreads. I noticed some people say that the reason they didn't enjoy this book was because of Sara being such an unlikeable character. Well... duh! She's selfish and cruel and, frankly, thoughtless. She wasn't supposed to be the likeable best friend character. She was supposed to be the realistic mean girl. And while part of Sara knows that what she's doing to Emma is wrong, it's the part that bullies Emma that she feeds. After all, it's much more enjoyable to give into the things that make us feel better about ourselves than to admit what we're doing is wrong. So, yes. Sara is completely unlikeable, but I think that should be expected. However... SPOILER I think Sara was supposed to viewed as repentant at the of the book, but I didn't really buy it. Her remorse felt very surface and unrealistic. Yes, I believe that she was more apologetic about what happened and the role she played in Emma's death than anyone else, but I have a hard time believing she was truly sorry. There was no moment in the book where she really comes to an understanding about the role she played. It was more of a spontaneous "Oops! I did a bad thing!" than a legitimate realization that she had a hand in causing someone to take their own life. END SPOILER Overall, I think Tease was a good book (even if the ending didn't work for me). I think it provides a realistic and gritty look at how out of hand bullying can become. While it's not a nice and easy read, it was worth it. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
TEASE was a book I hadn't originally planned to read. Then a copy showed up on my doorstep and I decided to give it a try. I wasn't blown away by the story, but was more often engaged than I thought I'd be. TEASE tells the story of Sara who is accused of bullying fellow student Emma. A girl who is dead now. Chapters about Sara's current situation and the months before Emma's suicide alternate. They are about ten pages each which makes it easy to read short chapters in between your daily activities. The 'now' chapters consist mainly of lawyer and therapist visits. Sara is worrying about the upcoming trial and is trying to sort out her feelings about what happened with Emma and figure out her role in all of it. I wasn't always happy with her and her learning curve was kind of slow. It was almost immediately that I knew I wouldn't be able to get inside her head, wouldn't get to close too her. But Sara's new relationship to a boy from summer school was why I wanted to keep on reading, making the 'now' chapters those to look forward to. Bullying, the actual important and central part of the story was the aspect I was least interested in. Sara, her best friend Brielle and other friends were really mean to Emma. Their schemes were repetitive and circling around the same thoughts of hatred and resentment. When I pick up a new YA contemporary novel I want to read a story that's basically positive, someone looking for love, building new friendships, rekindling old friendships. I guess I just wasn't in the mood for such a negative and problematic story like Sara's. Her family life isn't looking too harmonious either and all her friendships are practically nonexistent. I know that the story of a girl who kills herself because she's been bullied is tragic and is mostly made up of dark thoughts. This kind of story is important to prevent bullying and alert people who see it happening and have decided to ignore the symptoms until now. But how about a little more perspective and hope for the future? Also, I can imagine that additional chapters from Emma's perspective could've worked for TEASE, too. They could've given us a more complete picture of the whole story. 3/5 *** TEASE - A dark and tragic teenage drama with an important message. Amanda Maciel's debut novel is a read for everyone who is into the more problematic and tough kinds of stories. If you follow Sara's case you'll learn what it means to be on the bully side and to be confronted with the legal effects of your actions. The story strongly concentrates on all the incidents that lead to the suicide of one girl. Sara and Emma's case is based on a true story, making it all the sadder and most unfortunate. It should be read as a cautionary tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that will enter your heart and never leave. It takes you to a point of view that you never see, the bully. Sara and her friends bully the new girl Emma for being a slut up until Emma kills herself, and then they all face criminal charges after her death. Amanda Maciel has some serious guts to write from the point of view of the bully. It takes some incredible writing for you to actually see the other side of things, when typically all we feel for bullies is hatred. That's not to say you will love the main character Sara all the time, actually most of the time I hated her. I don't think I can say I've ever hated a main character in the story, but Sara and her friends are downright cruel to Emma. What makes this book so amazing is that you might hate the main character, yet love the book. This story broke my heart in so many ways, first and foremost is that it was inspired by a true story. High school is a difficult time for everyone and I don't think most people think about the detrimental effects that bullying can have on a person. But I do know that we don't think about why someone is being bullied, or what the bully is going through themselves. Tease puts you in the shoes that most of us never thought we'd walk in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well that is an hour of my time I will never get back. I was at my local Barnes and Noble when I passed this book. I am so glad I read it in the store and did not buy it. This book jumps back a forth between the past and the present in a way the makes it very hard to follow. I really did not feel much sympathy for Emma or Sara both were flat characters. At one point i felt worse for Sara then Emma considering Sara's boyfriend cheated on her with Emma. All the other characters felt like theh were thrown in at the last minute to flesh out the story. The author had the opportunity to explore Sara's relationship with her dad but declined to do so in a way I found very confusing DO NOT READ
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately bullying exists in all areas of society, both children and adults suffer and bullies can leave a lasting impact on the lives of everyone they touch. Interestingly, Amanda Maciel has chosen to tell Tease from the point of view of the bully, forcing the reader to question who the term of 'victim' applies to, thus I have found my rating and review of Tease very difficult. It is a complicated and emotive story in which I felt manipulated by the author to feel sympathy for the protagonist, who has committed an crime I would normally rush to condemn.  Initially I found Sara selfish, abrasive and defensive, refusing to admit any fault in  Emma's demise and ultimate death.  Yet as the story progresses Sara redeems herself and though she is still a deeply flawed character, I found her like-able. Amanda Maciel does not withhold anything from her reader, in terms of the story and the language used. However, I never felt that this was purely for shock value, instead these often uncomfortable elements make Tease more believable, forcing us to think about the society we live in.  Yes, Tease is a difficult novel to read in terms of its openness and honesty, but it reminds us that everyone is culpable despite the way 'facts' can be presented.  I admire Amanda Maciel's bravery for approaching this topic in such an radical way and would like to read more of her work. I was given Tease as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
  Whenever there's a case of bullying, everyone looks to the victim. Are they ok? Will they be permanently affected from this? But no one ever looks to the actual bully. In this new thought provoking novel by Amanda Maciel, she makes that leap into the mind of the bully for us all to see.       Before Emma, Sara was just a normal high school girl who was worried about one of the most important things to her. Her boyfriend. But then rumors start going around that Emma is going after everyone's boyfriend. Including Sara's and her best friend Brielle's. But Sara and Brielle are already popular, so basically anything they say, everyone will automatically go along with it. So when they start calling her a slut, it's not long before mostly everyone else in school is too.       I really applaud Maciel for diving into the mind of the actual "villain." I have never read anything like this and it made me think of a lot of different things. Like am I supposed to feel bad about her getting everything that she deserved? Or am I supposed to feel sorry about her getting her boyfriend stolen? Or am I supposed to want her to not getting in trouble for just getting revenge for someone who wronged her as well? But then I realized that these things just can't be answered. Because although it was unfortunate that these events transpired over a boy, Sara and Brielle took things too far. They knew that Emma wasn't completely stable as it was and for them to continue doing these terrible "pranks," made them seem vicious. That's just how good her writing was. It was full of emotion and made me think of so much. It was really hard to tell this was a debut.       Being inside Sara's head made me feel for her though. Although she seemed like a terrible person by her actions, she was really just a confused, self-conscious teenager. She didn't know where she fit in and she clung to the only people that made her feel as if she did... Dylan and Brielle. But then even things with Dylan goes sour and she doesn't know what to do. All she wants is to get him back. But I think that's what made me upset with her. She only thought of herself. How she would look if she just let Emma take him. How she would look if Brielle thought she wasn't being mean enough. It was just all so selfish.      Bullying is such a serious topic and I haven't read a more emotional story about it. Clearly so many people are hurt by it so I'm surprised that things like this still happen. I would really like for this to be used in schools to see that being a bully doesn't prove that you're cool. it just proves that instead of being a leader and being your own person, you're nothing more than a follower. Stand up for yourself, but being hateful and mean don't need to be part of the equation.