Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.
At least, that's what everyone seems to think. 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. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.
During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment - and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-hear that will haunt listeners long after they hit stop.
©2014 Amanda Maciel (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I understand the point of trying not to take sides, to tell the story from the bully's point of view. But I wonder if the teenage kids reading this book will. In the last pages Sara seems to finally understand what she did but most of the book she blames Emma and everyone else for what she did. The author does a great job of capturing a high school girl's voice. So well I think young readers may agree. And it is not a neutral subject. Just like the Prince case it is fictionalizing there are people who harmed others. There are bullies. And Sara is a bully. Not a victim. I worry that's not always real clear and that sometimes the book makes bullying seem okay and excuses or downplays terrible behavior. If a young person I know were reading this book I would be sure I had conversations with them to make sure Sara didn't end up a hero.
Really enjoyed this book, since it was unabridged it was a little long, but it's a good story for anybody to read/listen. bullying is a real issue. Writing was amazing! love the way she described situations
Yes. I loved how the emotions came through the narrator's voice, I think she did a great job with the MC's voice/tone.
****SPOILERS****Sarah realizing the difference between her defense mechanism and Brielle's. Some moments with Sarah and her mom, and Sarah and her brother Tommy. The developing relationship between Sarah and Carmichael. Sarah reading her letter at court.
No, first time listening to her. Will definitely check out her other performances.
This novel is emotional in that it is so true to life, both because it is based on real events, and because the events in the story are so possible today. Julia Whelan's narration is stellar as always, and I absolutely adored the way the composition of this novel played out as an audiobook. The temporal shifts were smooth and interesting for me. I have a hard time giving this a perfect rating, because there were things I was missing or things I wished had been explored, but it certainly earns the whole of these four stars. Not for someone who isn't able to relate to or understand the dynamics of females in high school. Not a really heavy read despite the subject matter, more moderate. Worth reading!
It really told the other side of the story. Headlines always make the "bully" out to be a monster. It was amazing to step back and sympathize with Sarah. Also the narrator really ran with this and made for a real easy listening experiance.
I would compare 13 reasons why and hold still. 13 reasons why is a book about tapes left behind by a girl who took her life. explaining why she did so. It also lets you see into the other side of the story. Hold still is about a journal left behind by ingrid helping her best friend understand why she could not go on. both these books are available on audible and are my top picks
Sarah the main character. She shows how scared and strong she can be taking all one step at a time.
I almost did! the only reason I took a break was because I didn't want it to be over yet! Cant wait to listen again
I would strongly suggest this book to anyone. It is so worth the price or credit. it is a game changer and really changed my outlook on a lot of things..... beautiful <3
Yes, it would be worth another listen. So many issues and so much emotion I the story and the performance.
Julia Whelan's performance made a unsympathetic character, Sarah, poignant and real. I could understand and sympathize with her.
This is a thought provoking story on many levels, and it was a really emotional audible book. Julia Whelan was EXCELLENT ! She should get an Audie for this performance.
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