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"A teenage girl faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide"--
Published: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062305305
Branch Call Number: YA MACI
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,22 cm


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JCLJackieS Mar 28, 2018

Tease is told from the point of view of a bully who is facing criminal charges after a girl commits suicide. Sara is defensive about her role (or lack thereof) in Emma taking her own life. This book was a hard read, because of the subject matter, but it showed an interesting perspective. I was immediately reminded of Thirteen Reasons Why, even though this story is told from a bully's point-of-view, not the victim. The similarities lie in that numerous characters contributed to the victim's state of mind, and had one of them chosen a different approach, maybe the victim would not have chosen suicide. Sara is presented as a very unsympathetic character, who follows her friends and defends their actions, instead of attempting to stop them from harming other people. I think this could be a good book to read with teens and ask what they think. Is Sara justified in stating that Emma, and Emma alone, is responsible for her suicide, or could Sara have taken action to help prevent the tragedy?

Jan 28, 2018

The book shows one of the bully's point of view and all the consequences that she is facing after Emma Putnam's death. It also has flashbacks to all the previous events - from the beginning of the school year, the times that kids bullied the victim, what the victim did wrong that provoked them to taunt her, and all that.

ArapahoeKati Oct 20, 2016

This book brought me to tears, the kind where I was sitting on my front porch on a gorgeous summer day, with fat tears rolling down my cheeks, as I remembered what it was like to be bullied. This book is told from the bully's perspective, making this one of the best books I have ever read on bullying.

shamimasharmin31 Jul 06, 2014

This book is outstanding. It was inspired by a true story and it amazing. I say it is worth reading this book! This book is not like most books about bullying. Usually other books tell the story from the victims (that committed suicide ) side but this book say the side of the story from a bully. I really recommend it! :)

LibraryK8 Jul 03, 2014

This debut novel is an interesting look at the news stories from another perspective. Sara feels her had is forced as Emma flirts with her boyfriend and constantly hangs around with the guys in her group. She rages against the unfairness of it all. Emma chose to kill herself, leaving Sara to live with the consequences. Neither an apologetic nor kind look at Sara and Brielle, this story will none-the-less challenge the reader to rethink their vindication at the sentences of girls in similar situations to Sara.

Jun 07, 2014

the book was really good. first few chapters run slow but it does pick up. the book itelf is in the words of the bully who fills she did nothing wrong. i think it was a great twist to bullying realizing after the fact what u did really does have consequences.


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LibraryK8 Jul 03, 2014

Another beautiful, intelligent, sensitive teenager has killed her self. The media blames the bullies at Emma Putnam's new school that refused to accept her, that kept her on the fringe. The used words like slut and whore, they left notes and signs on her locker, they found her on social media...they drove her to suicide.

But that is just one side of the story.

Sara Wharton's life came crashing down the day Emma committed suicide. Identified as one of the bullies, Sara faces some very serious charges in court. But it wasn't her fault, Emma wasn't exactly nice to her, and even though Sara and her friend Brielle made it clear she wasn't welcome, Emma kept hanging around. And when Emma kissed Sara's boyfriend, that was the end of it. The two friends hatched a plan to drive Emma to transfer schools, but perhaps they went to far...


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