We’re buzzing about Tease for the month of May because it is a book you rarely see in today’s Young Adult market. Tease is an interesting and unique read that is sure to conjure some controversial discussions among teens and adults alike. And here at the Teen Press Corps we love to discover new books that make us think and generate new topics of conversation.
W H A T T H E T E E N P R E S S C O R P S I S S A Y I N G
“Tease follows a storyline that I have never read about before: teenagers being put on trial because they bullied someone who then committed suicide. It is a feat and a testament to the author when she can make you feel something towards someone you would normally hate. Anyone who likes teenage drama and angst with a little Law and Order thrown in should definitely read this book.“
“Tease was a haunting novel about the consequences of bullying, and showed the story from an angle it is not often seen from.“
“The importance of Tease is that this happens; this book is based on true events, and I think that is what is both so difficult and also what is so important about it. Bullying stories like this happen everyday, but we also see the people who bully as these monsters, and in Tease you see them as people. You understand them, as painful as it is. And that is what is so important about this book, and why you should read it.”
N A T I O N A L B U Z Z
“Horrifying. Satisfying. Remarkable in so many ways. Tease is a brave debut.
“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.”
“An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.”
“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.”
“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.“
“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.”
A B O U T T H E B O O K
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.
During 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 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.
In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.