BOOK REVIEW: Tease – by Amanda Maciel

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Title: Tease
Author: Amanda Maciel
Genre: YA, Contemporary
First published: April 29th 2014
Finished reading: May 27th 2015
Pages: 328
Rating 4

“But how do you apologize for this? I know what I did, I know it was bad, some of it was really bad. But how am I supposed to fix anything now?”

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I first found out about Tease when I was browsing for titles about bullying for my Bookish Bingo challenge. This novel by Amanda Maciel sounded like an interesting read so it was an easy choice… Now that I’ve finished reading Tease, I can say it has left its mark. Bullying and teen suicide are not exactly easy subjects, but I think that the author was able to properly describe them in her novel. A few teenagers have been criminally charged for bullying one of their classmates to a degree that made her decide to end her own life. Amanda Maciel tells us the story mostly from Sara’s point of view (one of the classmates), but doesn’t fail to show that the victim wasn’t an angel either. High school is messy and the case is actually quite complicated… But it shows where bullying someone can lead to, and how wrong it is no matter what the other person might have done to you. Definitely recommended to those who enjoy a good YA contemporary novel with a strong message!

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Five teenagers have been criminally charged for bullying and harrassing Emma Putnam to the point that she decided to commit suicide. Sara is one of them and she doesn’t see how she is actually responsible for Emma’s death. Sara only sees how the new girl slowly destroyed her comfortable high school life… They were what you call enemies, Emma stealing away her boyfriend and all, and even after she is death Emma is ruining her life. The whole community already thinks Sara is guilty before the trial has even started, and she cannot go outside without being scolded at. Sara has the summer to prepare herself for the trial, and is forced to reflect on the events that led to Emma’s suicide during meetings with her lawyer and therapist. Will she finally realize she actually did something wrong after all?

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I had a hate/love relationship with the main characters, but I cannot deny that they at least felt ‘real’. Tease is a novel with a strong anti-bullying message that shows the consequences of bullying someone. It is quite a fast read despite the difficult subject and I also liked that Amanda Maciel used Sara’s point of view instead of the victim; it makes this read that much more interesting. Without doubt recommended!

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WWW Wednesdays #41 – May 27th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

teaseathousandpiecesofyouI started reading A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray the other day and so far I’m enjoying it. Hopefully it will stay that way! I’ve also started reading Tease by Amanda Maciel a few days ago and while it’s interesting, I cannot really connect to the characters. It makes it a bit more difficult to read this one fast, but it’s not a bad read at any rate.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

cityofashestreasureislandI finished Treasure Island the other day, and unfortunately I cannot say I ended up enjoying this classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. I feel a bit guilty, but I was almost bored by the story and couldn’t connect to the characters… I also finished City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, and I’m still sticking with the fact that I like the prequel trilogy better. There are so many love triangles going on that it’s becoming annoying!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thedivinerstheassassinsbladeMy next TBR jar pick is still The Diviners by Libba Bray; another series I’ve been wanting to read for a while now…But I might read The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas first because I need it for my Bookish Bingo challenge. Plus, that way I will have another series completed until the next Throne Of Glass book will be published. 😉

WWW Wednesdays #40 – May 20th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

treasureislandcityofashesI’m currently reading the second book of The Mortal Instruments series: City Of Ashes. I mainly started reading it because it was my TBR jar pick, because I wasn’t planning on continuing the series any time soon… So far it’s ok, but I still prefer The Infernal Devices. I’ve also started Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson the other day, a classic I’m not really enjoying so far.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fallingintoplacethewickedwillriseLast week was Bout Of Books week and I was able to finish no less than six books! Woot! The last two were Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang and The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. The first I didn’t end up enjoying as much as I initially thought, which is mostly because of the annoying characters. The Wicked Will Rise was actually better than the first book in the series, or at least it had more action in it.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thedivinersteaseMy next TBR jar pick is The Diviners by Libba Bray; another series I’ve been wanting to read for a while now… I might take a break from the fantasy genre though and read Tease by Amanda Maciel first. I need this one for my Bookish Bingo challenge and it sounds like an interesting read.

Friday Finds #29 – March 27th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Last week was my birthday and I promptly forgot about my TBR downsizing promise… Book buying ban; what book buying ban?! *whistles* These are a few of my new finds this week. I will probably do a proper Stacking The Shelves update or two later on to show more of my new ebook goodies I’m excited about. (And my shiny new kindle my hubby gave me for me birthday! 😀 )

My finds this week:

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