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 stron ...more
This book was almost impossible to rate due to the amount of thoughts - both positive and negative - running through my head when I put it down. I say thoughts and not emotions because I sadly remained rather emotionally detached from the characters despite the strong subject matter. The fact is... Tease is an ambitious book that will likely piss off a lot of people because the author refuses to take sides, even when presenting us with a narrator that is increasingly di ...more
"She asked for it."
"It didn't have to happen if she didn't do this... if she didn't do that..."
"We didn't kill her. She did this to herself."
How many times have we seen these excuses being said by bullies and perpetrators, in defense of their horrible actions? How many times have we read these kinds of comments by people on the internet, heavy words easily thrown under the veil of anonymity? Too many times, I bet. Once is already too much. And every time I stumble upon such words, such impli ...more
Be warned, this review probably won’t make much sense.. but it’s not like this book did either. I was attracted to the cover when I saw it on Edelweiss and thought it sounded interesting. I expected a coming to age story about personal growth, regret and just something heartfelt featuring characters I could sympathise with. What a joke. The day I finished reading this book, the average rating was 2.67 and I wish I had checked Go...more
Boy this little book sure sparked some strong opinions. Here’s the deal. It’s not an easy read. For a YA novel, Tease deals with some really serious issues. Suicide, slut shaming, bullying . . . just about everything nasty that can possibly come out of high school. And the kicker? It’s told from the bad guy’s perspective.
In order to lighten the mood and to confirm I’m sick in the head, I will be using the assistance of the Most Popula ...more
We need more books like this. If you read only to escape from real ...more
I can definitely see where Tease lost it's appeal. It's written from the perspective of a bully--Sara. She's not vaguely sorry about Emma Putnam's suicide. Even though she and her friends are accountable for it according to the public. We have chapters that take us back to the time when Emma Putnam was still alive, but in between we get to see Sara's current life. One that is falling apart fast. It's like she cannot go anywhere without getting a dirt ...more
I still remember it to this day. I also remember that sense of power I had over ...more
If you've read the blurb, you'll know that this book follows a girl who teased another girl to suicide. I feel like it should be obvious why the main character is unlikable. But wow, I empathized with her s ...more
You're going to either love this or hate this. I've seen A LOT of DNFs and 1-star ratings because people don't like the narrator. She feels no remorse, she's not sorry, she's self-centered. I feel like that's the point of this book though. The narrator, Sara, is part of a group of popular kids who bullied a girl until she killed herself. Sara doesn't understand why she's t ...more
The problem I had with the character wasn't the fact that she's blind to the damage she's caused, mainly because 'everyone did it', but more her constant whining and childish attitude towards EVERYTHING. The idea of bein ...more
"He obviously won't be texting Emma Sluts-a-Lot if he's getting the good stuff from you".
"You know they're in Language Arts together...and you know she keeps hooking up with Jacob and Tyler, and you know she's a dirty skank. Don't assume she's not creeping up on your man."
Slut shaming to the nth degree.
"The debate, more like, over whether I should lose my virginity to Dylan at the pa ...more
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
I find myself at a loss for words when reviewing this book because it is extremely unconventional. The subject matter of bullying is the main theme of this book of course, but rather than focusing on how the victim feels and lives through the torment, we are taken into the mind of the teenage bully herself, Sara. This is very clever on the authors part however, readers are going to find it very hard to relate and connect with the characte ...more
Sara, her BFF Brielle, and three boys that they are friendly with are all in big trouble. Emma Putnam committed suicide and the blame is being placed solely on them. They are all being charged with bullying, harassment, stalking, and/or assault. Sure Sara didn't like Emma. Yes she maybe said and did some mean things to her. Yes it was her goal in life to get Emma to transfer out of their school. But did she force the girl to kill herself?? Did she put the rope around the gir ...more
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 si ...more
So mom asked me what book I was reading and I told her. my older brother was in the room with us and he gave me this "WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU SAY?" look, and i swear to god I almost shit my pants!! I had to explain to him that it was not what he thought it meant. IT WAS FRICKEN HORRIBLE OMG!
Back to my review, it took me seven days to ...more
Tease would have been a more positive reading experience for me if one thing had happened: Sara was a completely different character entirely. While the idea is creative, Sara’s entire personality ruins the air of melancholy loss and grief.
What angered me the most about Sara was how nonchalant she was about Emma’s suicide. Tease is told in two time frames, before Emma’s suicide and after it. The two together worked well, but I reall ...more
This is not that book.
I want to say it again.
This is not THAT BOOK.
Tease is written from the view point of one of the girls who did the bullying and the person she bullied commits suicide. Now she is being sued by the dead girls parents.
This book draws you into the world of a 16 year old girl who is trying to ...more
I don't know what exactly but Tease has this certain ring to it that is inevitable. I tried so hard to refrain myself from reading reviews--positive-wise and negative-wise, knowing that other people's opinions matter to me and might possibly affect my reading experience. This book is not actually that bad (I've read far worse) and it did have a message I believe should be sent out to everyone.
But being inside a mind of a bully is something of a new experience for me ...more
Rating: 4 Stars.
Steam: 0 out of 10.
Triggers: (view spoiler)[ Bully, death, suicide (hide spoiler)]
Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)]
Cheating: (view spoiler)[ Yes (hide spoiler)]
HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes (hide spoiler)] ...more
"My knees are still pale after this long, long summer spent inside, talking about my feelings, talking about a girl I barely knew who didn't want to live. Didn't want to live in the world that had me in it. And I'm still here, in this crappy world. Fighting her ghost."
The story started when Sara, Brielle, and other guys were sued because Emma Putnam killed herself. It's because of the grounds that they somehow affected her to came up with a decision like that. But what really happened that m ...more
The protagonist Sara demonstrates the most beautiful change through the story, and the ...more
Okay so this is the first ARC I've ever gotten and it's been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for 3 yearssss. I never unhauled it cause it sounded interesting and I'm sentimental af, which is probably the same reason why I didn't dnf it.
This book was good. It just didn't blow my mind. I've been in a weird reading mood all month and that might be part of it, but also the main character was a bit frustrating. Basically everyone in this entire book is a shitty person. I didn't ...more
I don't this is the right rating for this book. For a long time I sat down and thought how many stars I should give this book, because I liked it and disliked it in (sort of) equal ways, so I settled for 3 stars.
Tease is told from Sara's perspective. Emma Putnam, "the school slut", commited suicide due to bullying. She was bullied by almost the entire school, all lead by Sara and her best-friend Bri ...more
Tease definitely addresses some important issues, namely, bullying, suicide, and our society’s tendency to slut-shame. The story follows Sara Wharton, a high school junior who’s been criminally charged for harassment of a sophomore at her school, Emma Putnam. Sara’s learning what it’s like to be hated by society – she’s jeered at in the grocery store, ostracised by her former friends, and her life ...more
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