Thursday, 5 June 2014

Tease by Amanda Maciel

Synopsis (from Goodreads

My thanks go to Netgalley and Hatchette Children's Books for supplying me with this e-ARC

Pages: 368
Publisher: Hatchette Children's Books
Released: 1st of May 2014

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.

What I Have To Say

I'm always interested in books that take a different viewpoint. There are tons of YA books that deal with bullying. But this is the first I've ever come across one that isn't told from the victims point of view. 

I really liked the format of the book, how the chapters alternated between Sara preparing for her trial, with lawyers, therapy and summer school, and the incidents that brought her there with Brielle and Emma Putnam. It helped create a sense of mystery.

I felt that the issues of bullying and blame were handled very well. Obviously, it's a very sensitive topic and the book managed to create enough sympathy for Sara without glossing over the matter at hand. it also delves deep into the debate of whether or not blame should be put on any person in a tragic circumstance like this.

This was definitely a very interesting read and a good look at the kind of harassment that happens every day inside a lot of school. 

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