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Publisher Comments:

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

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.

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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Review:

"Inspired by a real-life case of bullying and suicide, editor Maciel's debut novel depicts a harsh environment of name-calling, both face-to-face and via social media, and girls policing other girls' behavior. When new student Emma seems to have eyes for Sara's boyfriend, Dylan, Sara and her best friend Brielle label Emma a slut. Maciel isn't telling Emma's story — she's telling Sara's, in sections that alternate between the escalating bullying and the aftermath, with Emma dead and Sara stuck in summer school and her lawyer's and therapist's offices. It's hard to be with Sara as she insists that it's Emma's fault, that 'No one hung the rope for her,' but as Maciel reveals Sara's desperate efforts to hang onto a social viability that's tied to Brielle and Dylan, the pressures of her world become clear. It's to the author's credit that she doesn't make Sara immediately sympathetic, but the end, with Sara moving forward in a way that incorporates what happened rather than denying it, although welcome, feels rushed. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Tease is a book I wish I'd written — shocking, subtle, and emotionally raw.” Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love

Review:

Tease is a compulsive read, and an absolute must-add to all bullying discussions.” Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List

Review:

“Horrifying. Satisfying. Remarkable in so many ways. Tease is a brave debut. Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author

Review:

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

Review:

“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

Review:

“An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.” Kirkus Reviews

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“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

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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 him, her husband, and their cat, Ruby, in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062305305
Author:
Maciel, Amanda
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140429
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
eng
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.13 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by a real-life case of bullying and suicide, editor Maciel's debut novel depicts a harsh environment of name-calling, both face-to-face and via social media, and girls policing other girls' behavior. When new student Emma seems to have eyes for Sara's boyfriend, Dylan, Sara and her best friend Brielle label Emma a slut. Maciel isn't telling Emma's story — she's telling Sara's, in sections that alternate between the escalating bullying and the aftermath, with Emma dead and Sara stuck in summer school and her lawyer's and therapist's offices. It's hard to be with Sara as she insists that it's Emma's fault, that 'No one hung the rope for her,' but as Maciel reveals Sara's desperate efforts to hang onto a social viability that's tied to Brielle and Dylan, the pressures of her world become clear. It's to the author's credit that she doesn't make Sara immediately sympathetic, but the end, with Sara moving forward in a way that incorporates what happened rather than denying it, although welcome, feels rushed. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , Tease is a book I wish I'd written — shocking, subtle, and emotionally raw.”
"Review" by , Tease is a compulsive read, and an absolute must-add to all bullying discussions.”
"Review" by , “Horrifying. Satisfying. Remarkable in so many ways. Tease is a brave debut.
"Review" by , 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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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