File Size: 4570 KB
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (1 May 2014)
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.
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.
The story opens with Sara who is with her lawyers. With flashbacks to the previous year, the picture builds of Sara, best mate Brielle, a couple of senior boys and how they make new girl Emma’s life extremely uncomfortable.
Brielle is a leader and manipulator. She is the type of young person that others either join in with because they are afraid of her power … or risk a high chance of emotional torture. Sara’s life has changed since they’ve become best friends. She doesn’t feel invisible anymore. She feels that she is a vibrant part of life at high school purely because of her friendship with Brielle. Ignoring family and friends warnings, she just can’t see what they mean.
I started out not liking Sara. The author captures this stage in life so very well. Arrogance in believing your view is the ONLY view and empathy is not something that is an everyday part of vocabulary. Sara’s thoughts and reflections about the responsibility for the part she plays changes as the story builds. Finally it isn’t all about ‘ME’ but about others. The court room had me in tears!
All young people should read Tease! It just might open eyes to the reality. Yes, friendships change and evolve while young people are trying to find their way socially but there is a line that you cross where everyday friendship squabbles become so much more than that. We have an acronym at school. S T O P = Several Times on Purpose. This is when those squabbles cross the line.
Tease is fiction but it is based on a true story and I found it a compelling read.
Read Amanda Maciel’s post on Books With Bite about her inspiration.
There are resources at the end of the novel – websites and phone numbers. I hope readers going through similar experiences are able to make use of them.
I would like to thank the publishers for pre-approval via Netgalley.