by Amanda Maciel

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: April 29th, 2014
by Bazler + Bray




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.


Tease is a very important book for as it addresses a very serious but important topic. Is it one that I’d go out and promote? No, absolutely not, as this is definitely not for everyone as there is constant slut-shaming and bullying, and I realize LOTS of people might be uncomfortable with that as it may hit close to home for some, and not without reason.

I’m not sorry. Emma was a boyfriend stealing bitch right up until the day in March when she killed herself. I didn’t do anything wrong, but she totally ruined my life.

Last spring, Emma Putnam hung herself after being constantly bulled, harassed, and stalked by best friends Brielle and Sara. Criminally charged with bullying, the two are separated and put on trial.

Sara doesn’t understand why everyone is blaming her. She never did anything – it was clearly all Emma’s fault. All Sara wanted was for Emma to leave her and her boyfriend Dylan alone. She and Brielle certainly never planned for her to die. But as she prepares for her upcoming lawsuit, the more she realizes that maybe she did have something to due with Emma’s death.

Not surprisingly, I found it hard to like Sara. She never felt remorseful that someone she bullied committed suicide. She never thought about how her actions might have affected others. Personally, I found the psychology of bullying and how it was presented in this book to be morbidly fascinating. To get inside a bully’s head is something…different, and it might disturb some people, but it can’t prevent thoughts and opinions from rising about bullying and what can be done to prevent it.

As a reviewer, your job is to help promote books, and to explain to everyone why a particular novel is the book to pick up. With Tease, this can’t be farther from the truth. If you sense you might feel uncomfortable with the types of topics presented here, it’s probably better to just give this one a miss. If slut-shaming and bullying – if used in an intelligent and respectful way – isn’t something that would bother you, by all means, give this a try, as it truly is a beautiful and powerful novel if you can connect to it.


1 thought on “Tease

  1. I’ve kind of decided to give this one a miss…because bullying and slut-shaming and suicide all really bother me. And I get very emotionally involved…and VERY angry a lot of the time! >_< I've seen wildly good reviews for it and heck, I'm definitely tempted. But…not sure if I would react well to it. I did love your review though. x)

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