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Amanda Maciel's Tease is a refreshing and original take on how far bullying can go and the consequences that such harsh harassment can have on both the bully and the victim. Tease chooses a different route from most novels about high school bullying and focuses on Sara, the bully, rather than Emma, the victim. Sara's insecurities and willingness to go along with whatever the popular kids tell her to do make Sara an interesting main character as well as a heartless bully. Pushed to the breaking point, Emma kills herself leaving Sara and her friends to stand trial for their actions. Rarely does a book focus on the consequences of bullying, but much like Jennifer Brown's Hate List, Tease showcases how bullying can be taken to deadly level.

Sara's unwillingness to understand why she stands trial is one of the most compelling pieces of her character. She's incredibly unlikable and impossible to feel sorry for, yet somehow you do. Her pliability stems from her lack of self-confidence which we can all relate to. Her need to fit in with the popular kids leads her to make hasty decisions and misguided choices. Her best friend, Brielle, is the only friend she truly has, and Brielle is the mastermind behind every viscous prank. Sara, in some ways, is also a victim. A victim of peer pressure, poor self-esteem, bullying on a minor scale, and the harsh realities of high school. I'm not saying that this excuses anything she does, but being that Tease is told from the perspective of the bully, as a reader I wanted to understand her and see her grow into a better person. We've all been bullies because we want to fit in, and we've all been bullied because with some groups we just don't. Tease digs deep into the complexities of high school bullying revealing that sometimes motives aren't as simple as they seem. Tease is an extraordinary novel that tackles real life issues in a way I've never seen before making Amanda Maciel a name to watch out for. 

— Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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If you gulped through reading or streaming 13 Reasons Why, Tease is the book for you.

Provocative, unforgettable, and inspired by real-life incidents, Amanda Maciel's highly acclaimed debut novel Tease is the story of a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide. 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.

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.

About the Author


Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently an executive editor of children’s books. She spends her free time writing, running, and helping raise her young son with her husband and their cat in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.

Praise For…


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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

“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.”
— Justine Magazine

“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.”
— Booklist

“Riveting page-turner.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“The novel enters fearsome territory honestly and will give teenagers a great deal to think about.”
— Newsday


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062305305
ISBN-10: 0062305301
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English