I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Tease is a gutsy book that depicts an honest and realistic look into bullying and the results it can have on the people involved. It is the first book I have read that shows the consequences of the bullies’ actions and tackles the questions of did the actions of a few lead to the suicide of a young girl? Are they responsible?
The book is well written, easy to follow and had me hooked from page one. The story is about a girl named Emma who becomes the victim of bullying after earning a reputation for sleeping around and stealing other girl’s boyfriends. However the story is not told through Emma’s eyes, we are shown the events through the eyes of one of the bullies, Sara.
Sara has not been written in a way that the audience is made to feel sorry for her and I really liked that. She is very unlikable most of the story, she is jealous, cruel and in complete denial that she had done anything wrong to Emma. I however find she is a bit of a victim herself. Brielle, the Queen Bee and ruler of the school has taken Sara under her wing and Sara has become a victim of peer pressure and the pressure to be popular, going along with anything Brielle says and does to stay her best friend. I found Brielle had no redeeming qualities unlike Sara who deep down had a heart and realized she had done wrong. The book is about Sara’s denial of her actions and coming to terms with what she had done and who she had become.
I found all the characters well written and realistic and I loved the added addition of Carmichael, an outsider who becomes a friend for Sara. I would have liked to know a little more of his background and the background of Emma and why she was such a troubled girl.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was thought provoking, realistic and I shall be thinking about Tease for years to come.