Goodreads Summary: 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.
Wow! This book is a game-changer, folks. I have never read anything like it before, which I really appreciate. Amanda Maciel has spun a controversial and thought-provoking tale and yet, she did an excellent job of keeping the writing objective when it could have come across as accusatory to the readers. Personally, I don’t think it matters whether or not people love or hate this book, I think it matters that people READ this book and that they continue to have the discussion about bullying and suicide in schools. I thought the writing was brilliant. I thought the story was poignant and I think it is up to the reader to decide how they feel about Sara Wharton and the role she played in Emma Putnam’s death.