Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Release Date: 01/05/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Bullying,
Format: eBook (Received free from publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
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
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love books that make you think, that make you consider all the sides of
the story. Which is exactly what Tease did for me. With a story about
suicide, you usually see it from the victim's point of view, or that of
their friends or boyfriends. But with Tease, you see it from the point of view of one of Emma's tormentors, Sara.
is a complex character that is hard to love. Despite everything she
did, she's adamant that what happened to Emma wasn't her fault and
doesn't understand why Emma's parents have filed a lawsuit against her.
The story is all from her point of view and switches from the past, when
Emma was still alive to the future, a few months after Emma's suicide.
Throughout the story you can see Sara questioning her actions as the
story progresses and in the future you can see her finally realising the
consequences of her actions and apologising for them. I didn't like her
too much at the beginning of the story, however I listened to her and
by the end I understood her better and even started to like her too.
is following around Brielle, the only truly spiteful character in the
story. She has had terrible things happen to her in the past, however
that doesn't forgive what she does. Unlike Sara, who is just following
her around most of the time, Brielle is the one who instigates all of
these things, nearly every idea, from the Facebook page to the cardboard
sign comes from her. Even after Emma's suicide she shows no remorse for
what she has done.
Even Emma is no saint. She didn't
go all out to make herself likeable in the first place, sleeping with
every guy she could find. Now I'm all for enjoying yourself but the guys
she slept with tended to be other people's boyfriends. Then there was a
rumour that she called Sara a tease for not sleeping with Dylan, which
is where the title came from. I do with we have a few small chapters
from Emma's point of view, as I was never sure if she did or said
anything that other people said. We only meet her a couple of times in
the story and she gets no more than a few sentences.
story also shows how people react to the death or someone you knew,
from Emma's boyfriend trying to get on with his life to the people who
try and profit off of a death in some way or another, a couple of girls
tried to pretend they were her friend all along despite also bullying
her. I learnt at the back of the book that this is based on a very
similar true story, which makes me wonder just how many cases there are
like this every year.
Tease is a great debut novel from
Amanda, which many complex characters and a storyline that really made
me think about all the different people involved in just one person's
suicide and what happens when they gone. I look forward to seeing what
else she has to offer!