Review: ‘Tease’ by Amanda Maciel

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Tease’ by Amanda MacielTease by Amanda Maciel
Published by Balzer + Bray, Harper Collins on April 29th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
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.

About Amanda Maciel

Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently a senior editor at Scholastic. She spends her free time writing, running, or riding the subway with her young son. She lives with him, her husband, and their cat, Ruby, in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.

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Told in the point of view of the bully, this chronicles the aftermath of a victim who committed suicide. This was a terribly hard book to read. I couldn’t accept the statements at all. With such a unique opposition to everything that happened, I still couldn’t like Sara Wharton. She seemed highly realistic, and that’s one of the things that scared me. At the beginning, I did hope for a huge character growth where we can see her change her ignorance and I’m glad to see that it did happen. I just didn’t really care all that much for her. What she went through, what happened to her, I didn’t feel pity for her. I did understand where she was coming from and that made me understand why teens do the things they do.

The whole time, I felt like Sara put the blame on Emma. A big pathetic excuse for them to crush her every single day. To damage her reputation until she was gone. Why do girls do this? What’s the point? They don’t have any remorse and it makes me so sad. It still makes me sad. I never could condone bullying and when I saw it happen, I would try to stop it. For people who couldn’t stand up for themselves. Tease is a great example of why bullying needs to stop.

Making bad decisions as a teen is what makes you grow and learn, and I’m happy to say that it did change Sara in the end. I just wish there were more happier endings in real life. I wasn’t surprised to hear that this was based on real-life situations.

Amanda’s writing will make anyone want to grab this book on bullying and its effects. It’ll stay with you for a while. Making you remember your own teenage years and what you cold have done yourself.

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I think I like her even less than I did when she was alive.
I didn’t do anything wrong, but she totally ruined my life.
It’s Emma’s fault she’s a slut, not my boyfriend’s.
It’s normal, calling each other bitch or slut.
Seriously, if what happened with Emma pushed everyone to suicide, every high school in America would be empty.
If she’d just sucked it up-or, whatever, gotten help, taken her meds, done anything else besides what she did-everything would be normal now. And anyway, if what we all did was so horrible, why didn’t we get sued when Emma was still alive?
Girl like us don’t get raped. Girls like Brielle don’t get in trouble at all. Girls like Brielle get roses on Valentine’s Day from half the damn school. Girls like Brielle get whatever they want.
She got you in all this trouble. She’s the reason nothing’s good anymore.
She’s the permanent bruise, always getting her feelings hurt, always injured.
Didn’t want to live in a world that had me in it. And I’m still here, in this crappy world. Fighting her ghost.
But I am alone. I am completely alone.
She was a nuclear explosion, detonating and destroying everything and everyone else in the process.
I just don’t see why I’m the one apologizing!
Don’t add silence to your list of regrets.
With Brielle, I could’ve turned into a yearbook girl, a popular girl, a confident girl. Emma turned me into a mean girl.
You’re gonna have to move to Canada now. You’ve slept with everyone in the U.S.





  1. rohimba

    December 15, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I think I’m going to read this book to see what possible explanation could be given to for bullying to lead to a suicide. I could never understand how someone could have so much hatred within themselves that they have to unleash it on a weaker individual.I get how there are some situations where someone is mean to another, but at the same time how could you not feel disgusted with yourself for being so terrible? Even if the main character becomes a better person at the end of the book, it doesn’t excuse the fact that they are partially responsible for a person’s death; a burden they would deserve to live with.

  2. Cynthia

    December 1, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    Good review. Sounds like a very powerful book about a very sensitive subject.

  3. Jaime Lynn

    November 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Really good review about a book with a terribly sensitive subject matter, but a subject matter that needs to be brought to light as much as possible. I honestly don’t know if I can read this book, not unless I am in a very specific mood, but I love seeing books like this getting published and being read by high school kids and adults alike. If it makes a difference in one person’s life, be it the bully or the bullied, that is a huge impact.

  4. Breanne Humphrey

    November 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Great review 🙂 It sounds like a great book on bullying and the issues that come with it. Cannot wait to pick this up.

  5. Cali W.

    November 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Good review. I haven’t read this yet, but it sounds good and I like the P.O.V.

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