Book Review and Giveaway: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Posted June 4, 2014 by love2dazzle in Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review and Giveaway: Tease by Amanda MacielTease by Amanda Maciel
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-29
Genres: Bullying, Emotions & Feelings, Law & Crime, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Hardcover, My Own
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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.

“Tease” by Amanda Maciel is a must read. I thought Maciel did a wonderful job with this book. I think this is a book that every teenager should read. I think anyone that has been bullied or has been the bully will completely relate to this book. “Tease” is an eye opener. I have never thought about how the bully may feel when they have to deal with the consequences of their actions. In all honesty it can change your entire life. This is what Sara had to learn.

Sara was a bully to Emma. I don’t agree with the choices that Emma made because cheating with someone’s boyfriend still makes you a cheater even if you aren’t the one cheating on someone. Emma knew that Dylan was taken and she went after him anyway. I don’t agree with how Sara responded anyway, especially since she let her emotions and the peer pressure from her best friend drive her actions. I think Sara could have made much better decisions but she chose not too. Sara chose the actions of what she did just like Emma chose to do what she did. I don’t it is Sara’s fault that Emma is dead because suicide is a choice that Emma made. I do believe that Sara helped the process along with all the mean things she said and did to Emma. I think both sides are guilty of many things.

To actually read and think about the trial one might go through having too deal with going to court and the fact that everyone blames you for the death of another person. I think that would make life very hard. Imagine one day things being normal and than the next minute everything is completely different.

“Tease” is such an eye opener. I really think everyone should get a chance to read it because I feel like there is so much to learn from “Tease.” Maciel did a wonderful job with her debut novel. There are so many things that I want to say but I am not completely sure how to put them all into words. I really felt myself feel sorry for Sara by the end of the boook. I feel like she was able to learn a lot through her entire process. That is the important part.


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

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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