I didn't always like this book. There were times I would get so frustrated with the main character—her whining, selfishness or inability to realize the consequences of her actions—but I never stopped reading. That's due to Maciel's ability to craft a character who, while infuriating and deeply flawed, is also nuanced, relatable and ultimately redeemable. Tease is a fascinating look at the other side of bullying, that of the tormenters themselves, and it unflinchingly portrays all that involves. I would recommend this to teachers, parents, and teens.— Lauren's Staff 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.
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.
“Horrifying. Satisfying. Remarkable in so many ways. Tease is a brave debut.”
— Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author
“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.”
— Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List
“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.”
— Courtney Summers, author of This is Not a Test
“Tease is a book I wish I’d written—shocking, subtle, and emotionally raw.”
— Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love
“An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“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.”
— School Library Journal
“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.”
— Justine Magazine
“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.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The novel enters fearsome territory honestly and will give teenagers a great deal to think about.”