Review: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Empathy, Review
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Title: Tease
Author: Amanda Maciel
Publisher: Hachette Childrens
Publication Date: May 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

A gripping, controversial debut about the nature of bullying.

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. But Sara is sure she hasn’t done anything wrong, because Emma brought it on herself. Sara is adamant that she was the victim – not Emma.

Inspired by a true story, TEASE is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt you long after the last page.
REVIEW BY MADELEINE – YEAR 9
Tease, in a brief summary is about two girls who ‘bullied’ a girl leading her to suicide. They don’t think it’s their fault because the girl, Emma, was stealing their boyfriends and annoyed them. They got their revenge. But Emma either overreacted or the girls really did take it to far.
The main character of the story is Sara. She is one of the girls who bullied Emma. Throughout the story she is portrayed as one of the popular, pretty girls. But as we delve deeper into the real Sara we find out she is a softy and felt sorry for Emma in the end. She just went along with her best friend Brielle to keep her reputation in tact. I had empathy for Sara, because I felt frustrated when she was on trial for Emma’s death. I also felt as if she was a bit over the top, I had really mixed feelings towards Sara.
I disliked the fact that the story only really came from Sara’s perspective. Maybe if the author switched characters more,  then the book would be more of an exciting read. There was dialogue but I thought the other characters could be more involved. Therefore making the story as a whole more dynamic.
As stated in the previous paragraph, I think the other characters could be more involved  and that it could be written from all of the main characters perspectives, I would have especially liked to have insight into Emma’s thoughts.
I think I probably would read a book written by this author again, because she has a very easy to read writing style. The book as a whole was very good and easily captured my attention.
I would definitely recommend this book to other people. But I think I would only recommend it to people around the age of 13-20. Younger children wouldn’t understand most aspect of the book. The use of bad language in parts would be another restriction on recommending it to younger readers.
The theme of this book is based around two girls leading someone to commit suicide. Although no graphic details were included I think younger readers would have to get consent from an adult. Also there is some bad language included as well.
As of a rating out of 5 I would give it a 4/5. Purely because of the engrossing story-line. The characters were easy to follow, and I felt very empathetic towards them. I was able to put myself into the characters position and thought about how I would feel in a situation like that. This is a very thought provoking book.
Overall this book was a unique with a gripping and exciting story-line.
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