This review is from: Tease (Paperback)
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This is an unusual book, particularly in young adult fiction. Usually, the reader is invited to identify with and admire the protagonist, but in 'Tease', the protagonist, Sara, is decidedly unlikeable for much of the story. The book, told in Sara's first person point of view, follows two timelines, one in which Sara and her friends are facing charges for bullying and driving schoolgirl Emma to suicide, and the other which follows the events up to Emma's death. Sara is obstinately convinced that she is not to blame, and that in fact Emma is the one at fault for chasing and dating several boys, including Sara's own boyfriend Dylan.
The story cleverly and convincingly illustrates how easily Sara slips into bullying and manipulative behaviour, aided by her so-called best friend Brielle. I was hooked quickly, and although I disliked Sara, I was engaged with the story and wanted to know what would happen. The conclusion of the story is satisfying, and the content gives readers plenty to think about. Definitely worth a read.