Reader Reviewed Tease by Amanda Maciel


Written by Amanda Maciel

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May 2014 Debut of the Month *** This book contains a strong storyline which centres around teen suicide A gripping and thought-provoking story that goes right to the heart of the extremes to which the powerful emotions of adolescence can lead. A teen suicide and the bullying that seems to have gone before it must be explored and explained even if everyone thinks they know how it happened. When Emma hangs herself Sara Wharton is blamed. Not for the action but for being a central cause of it. But was she? Sara her own way of looking at it; she is sure of where blame lies. But, she tells her story, Sara begins to consider the events differently.

A Piece of Passion from Naomi Greenwood, Senior Commissioning Editor On first appearance Tease seems a familiar story: popular mean girls torment the new girl until the new girl kills herself. We think we know the story – popular and unpopular, in and out, bully and victim. But as you read on, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary take on high school bullying. Tease is told from the perspective of the bully, through Sara’s unreliable, twisting narrative. As the real truth is teased out, you’re forced to re-evaluate your perceptions every step of the way as the thin line between bully and victim is exposed. It’s one manipulative read. You’ll cringe, judge, sympathise and feel all kinds of love and hate for Sara. And that’s what makes this an addictive, divisive, provocative, important read. I’m thrilled that we’re publishing Tease this year, and I can’t wait to hear what readers have to say about it, because Tease is one of those books that gets people talking – and everyone has a different opinion. I wonder what yours will be?

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'I couldn't put this book down and was reading it all day...a sad topic but still an exciting book.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Pennock, age 16 - 'There needs to be more books like this...really makes you think and ask yourself questions that might make you change your perspective on life.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton- 'Wow this book really spoke to me as I've been in the position of Emma. I did feel sorry for her and it did make me cry. It was a brilliant book.' Read full review >
  • Penny Downs, age 15 - 'A book inspired by a true story of a high school girl who committed suicide after being bullied by her classmates. The author describes the relationships between the girls and the events leading up to the tragedy - it could so easily happen like this.' Read full review >
  • Poppy Osborne, age 17 - 'A very insightful read into bullying.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'Bravely takes on the subject of bullying but does so from the unique perspective of the bully to create a very uneasy and unsettling read.' Read full review >
  • Erin Zammitt, age 13 - 'A grittier version of Mean Girls that shows there are two sides to every story. This is a gripping contemporary novel that is different to anything else for teens.' Read full review >
  • Ciara McIlvenna, age 17 - 'This book is unique and wonderful. It brings a refreshing view on teenage life, as Maciel is not afraid to explore social taboos and discuss the things we'd rather push under the mat.' Read full review >
  • Alice Horncastle, age 14 - 'Tease had me gripped to the very end! I was both shocked and enthralled, it is not often you get a book that explores issues like teenage suicide and bullying, and Amanda Maciel's writing is fab!' Read full review >
  • Shannon-louise Masters - 'Tease was a really good book and the last letter to Emma was so sad . I loved it and would recommend you read it.' Read full review >
  • Mary E. Regan (in conjunction with Yr11 St. Colm's High School) - 'This is a really brilliant book and very well written.  It was a most enjoyable read and I am looking forward to more from Amanda Marciel.' Read full review >
  • Rosa Boran, age 14 - 'This book was so sad. The subject was sad and I have to say though I liked it, I didn't really connect with it. The main character annoyed me but it was well written.' Read full review >

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Tease by Amanda Maciel

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think when 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. But Sara is sure she hasn't done anything wrong. Emma brought it on herself. Emma stole Sara's boyfriend. Emma stole everyone's boyfriends. Surely Sara was the victim, not Emma.
During the summer before her senior year 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.

To read an interview with Amanda about the reasons which compelled her to write her book click here.


Beautifully written * Carousel * This realistic, complex story doesn't attempt to treat its subject matter as a black and white issue, and is all the better for it. * School Librarian * Get ready to challenge your perceptions. * Bliss * Will challenge readers while drawing them to a very recognisable world. * Bookbag *

About the Author

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 her family in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.

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368 pages


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

1st May 2014




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